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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Coatesville Man Charged With Dealing Explosive Materials

Ryan Joseph Hribick, 32, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was charged yesterday by indictment with one count of possession of unregistered firearms, one count of manufacturing and dealing explosive materials, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and one count of witness tampering, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  

According to the indictment, Hribick possessed, manufactured, and dealt cardboard tube improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”) for several years.  After federal agents searched his home, Hribick allegedly instructed and conspired with others to destroy and conceal cardboard tubes and flash powder – which Hribick was using to manufacture IEDs – so as to keep that evidence from federal agents and the federal grand jury. In addition, the indictment alleges that Hribick attempted to influence the testimony of a federal grand jury witness regarding the destruction and concealment of evidence.

This case has been assigned to United States District Judge Robert F. Kelly.

If convicted of all counts, Hribick faces a maximum possible sentence of 60 years in prison, a $1 million fine, 3 years of supervised release and a $400 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vineet Gauri.

Click here to view the indictment

          An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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