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Federal Bomb, firearms and drug charges filed against Cuyahoga falls man

Nov. 7, 2012

A four-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury charging a Cuyahoga Falls man with possessing five pipe bombs, a silencer, a machine gun and marijuana, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

David Dougherty, age 41, was charged with one count each of unlawful possession of destructive devices (five pipe bombs), possession of a firearm (the silencer), possession of a machine gun and one count of manufacturing of marijuana with intent to distribute.

On Oct. 20, 2012, Dougherty had five destructive devices consisting of a pipe, end caps, explosive powder and a pyrotechnic fuse, according to the indictment.

He also possessed a silencer, a STEN 9 mm submachine gun with no serial number and marijuana, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Galvin  following investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Summit Count Bomb Squad and the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.        

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 


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