Detroit man accused of planting bombs to protect pot

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A Detroit man was indicted Tuesday on charges of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices, which prosecutors say he strategically placed in his yard to protect his marijuana plants.

Joshua Ragland, 25, was indicted after a search conducted at his home in southwest Detroit, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said.

In September, law enforcement was called to investigate an explosion near Ragland’s home.

A 29-year-old male was walking across a vacant lot next to Ragland’s residence when he heard several explosions and felt pain in his foot.

The victim was hospitalized, and released following treatment for his injuries.

Officers recovered five manufactured destructive devices, marijuana and marijuana plants and other materials, including a black gun powder substitute, which were used in the manufacture of the explosive bombs, prosecutors said. Several firearms and ammunition were also recovered from the premises.

The four-count indictment charges Ragland with manufacture of destructive devices, possession of destructive devices; possession of destructive devices by prohibited person and possession of explosive materials by prohibited person.

If convicted, Ragland faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, as well as a 7-40 year term for manufacturing destructive devices causing physical injury to another.