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Press Release

Coffeyville Man Sentenced for Trying to Buy Bomb Online

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – A Coffeyville man who tried to buy an explosive on the internet was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.


Carlos Francisco Martin, 19, Coffeyville, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to obtain an explosive with intent to destroy property. In his plea, he admitted he ordered an explosive from an internet site where users seek to remain anonymous and purchases are paid for in bitcoins.


Investigators tracked Martin’s purchases on the internet site, which included more than $4,000 worth of illegal drugs such as MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. In his plea, Martin admitted he tried to buy the explosive for the purpose of intimidating a rival drug dealer.


Beal commended the FBI, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi and Trial Attorney Rebecca Magnone of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section for their work on the case.

Updated November 17, 2017