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Indiana man charged with illegal possession of destructive devices


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced today that Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana has been charged with possession of unregistered destructive devices and those charges have been filed with in U.S. District Court in Columbus. The complaint alleges that Boguslawski illegally possessed 13 destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio.

The affidavit which supports the complaint, Boguslawski was stopped for speeding and upon search of his vehicle, Ohio state troopers found 13 destructive devices. In his vehicle were firearms, ammunition, explosives, detonators and other items related to manufacturing explosives. Further investigation by ATF, the State Fire Marshal and the Columbus Fire Department Bomb Squad determined that the devices were capable of being detonated.

According to the ATF, “A destructive device is an explosive device that is capable of causing property damage and personal injury and/or death to persons near the explosion. Federal law requires that destructive devices be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Possession of unregistered destructive devices is punishable by up to ten years in prison.”

Boguslawski was arrested at the scene. He was then charged in Madison County on state charges which were later dismissed. He will now appear before U.S Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers on the new criminal complaint today at 2:30 p.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dana Peters and Salvador Dominguez are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States. U.S. Attorney Stewart and Madison County Prosecuting attorney Pronai commended the cooperative investigation by ATF, the State Fire Marshal, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Columbus Bomb Squad, as well as the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, which participated in the investigation.

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