The term improvised explosive device, or IED, came to prominence during the various military campaigns in the Middle East following 9/11. There, insurgents were notorious for using the devices to blow up U.S. military convoys and create havoc and terrorism throughout their region. Now, it appears, some individuals seek to use IEDs against law enforcement officers in this country, and one man in North Carolina was recently arrested and accused of teaching others how to make the explosives.
Details concerning suspect’s activity and arrest
A 38-year-old man from Duplin County was placed under arrest on Jan. 22, 2022, for his alleged involvement in teaching others how to create IEDs. The intended targets for those IEDs were purportedly federal law enforcement officials, which the individual apparently knew about. In 2018, another man was apprehended by the FBI after a long investigation into the man’s apparent attempt at trying to organize a coup against the U.S. government and recruit members for the cause. When authorities searched his car, they say they found material written by the 38-year-old now in federal custody.
Investigators then ordered some materials from the individual, who was apparently disseminating material online through his company, Tackleberry Solutions. Allegedly, the man also provided information on how to use the IEDs and evade law enforcement afterwards. Investigators reportedly found many other IEDs as well as components and other items. If convicted on the charges, the man faces a fine of $250,000 and up to 20 years in prison.
Right to defense
Although the evidence against the man appears strong, he still has the right to retain legal defense counsel to help him fight the federal charges against him. A lawyer will analyze all aspects of the investigation and subsequent arrest and challenge any evidence prosecutors plan to use in court. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney in North Carolina, the accused will likely increase his chances of obtaining a favorable outcome and mitigating his sentence requirements if ultimately convicted.