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Charges likely in Detroit marijuana field bombing case

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Federal officials expect to bring charges against a Detroit man accused of planting an explosive that injured a man early Sunday in a vacant field on the city’s west side.

“We are going to charge him, but we’re waiting on lab analysis to come back ... on the composition of the device,” said Donald Dawkins, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “We need to know exactly what we’re working with.”

Dawkins said the man likely will face charges related to “unlawful manufacturing,” but lab results will help guide the final decision on charges.

A 28-year-old victim stepped on the bomb around 5 a.m. Sunday near Florida and Panama streets, Officer Dan Donakowski said.

“He was walking, heard some loud explosions and felt pain,” Donakowski said.

The man was hospitalized Sunday in temporary serious condition, police said.

The suspect is accused of planting multiple booby traps around his home to protect a large marijuana growing operation, Donakowski said.

He is cooperating with authorities but was not in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, Dawkins said. It is unclear when lab results will return or when charges will be filed.

“It may not happen today, it may not happen tomorrow, but it is going to happen,” Dawkins said.


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