Bethesda Teen Indicted for Illegal Possession of an Explosive Device and Production of False Identification Cards

November 10, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Collin McKenzie-Gude, age 19, of Bethesda, Maryland, for possession of an unregistered explosive device and production of false identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the indictment and other court documents, on July 29, 2008, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at McKenzie-Gude’s home and recovered from his bedroom: an AR-15, AK-47 and AK-74 rifle; two shotguns; one 9mm handgun; copper wire; timers; electrical switches; sodium nitrate and other chemicals used to make an explosive device; PVC pipes fittings and caps; homemade cap well for blasting caps; wire, PVC tubing and batteries; and a diagram of explosive device. Also recovered were a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identification access badge, a Department of Defense Geneva Conventions Identification Card, known as a Common Access Card (CAC), several documents to include instructional pages relating to explosives, documents that were marked as “Classified: Top Secret”, and a thumb drive.

A preliminary report received from the FBI Lab states the items that were seized from McKenzie-Gude’s bedroom could be easily assembled into a homemade bomb or a destructive device. Additionally, one of the items submitted for examination was an improvised grenade.

An analysis of the thumb drive seized from McKenzie-Gude’s room revealed files containing a picture of McKenzie-Gude similar to the one appearing on both identification cards, agency seals, bar codes, an American flag, and background images used in the production of the cards and images of the front and back of a CIA identification card and CAC that appear to be exact matches to those seized from the bedroom. McKenzie-Gude was not authorized to have either identification card.

McKenzie-Gude faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the false identification and 10 years in prison and a fine of $10, 000 for possession of the destructive device. McKenzie-Gude is currently detained on related state charges and his initial appearance has not been scheduled in federal district court.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Secret Service, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Office of the Fire Marshal and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and his office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Bryan E. Foreman and James M. Trusty, who are prosecuting the case.


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