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Waldorf Man Indicted for Illegal Transport of Explosives, Illegal Possession of a Machine Gun and Child Pornography Offenses

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

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury indicted Caleb Andrew Bailey, age 30, of Waldorf, Maryland late yesterday on various charges.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Frank Riehl of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Postal Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; and Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry.

According to the four count indictment and court documents, on February 18, 2016, postal police and postal inspectors responded to a postal facility in Capital Heights, Maryland and recovered ammunition and explosives from a package that had ruptured open. ATF was notified by the postal inspectors and responded to evaluate the contents of the package. The contents of the package included 119 rounds of reloaded .50 caliber cartridges with M48A1 incendiary projectiles, and 200 rounds of 14.5mm M183A1 spotting projectiles which contain an explosive charge. The package was addressed to an individual in Wisconsin.

According to court documents, on February 25 and March 3, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service customer service received calls from a person who identified himself by a false name in the first call, and then identified himself as Caleb Bailey in the second call.  The caller provided the tracking number for the package recovered by ATF, and advised that the package had not yet been delivered.  Neither Bailey nor the individual to whom the package was addressed had a federal explosives license to transport the explosives contained in the package.

According to court documents, law enforcement arranged to meet with Bailey at a postal facility on May 5, 2016, for the stated purpose of having Bailey provide information regarding the missing package in person.  Bailey did not appear at the agreed meeting time and place.  That day, law enforcement executed federal search warrants at adjoining properties associated with Bailey, including his residence, and seized a machine gun.  The indictment alleges that Bailey illegally possessed a machine gun on May 5.

The indictment further alleges that from March 2015 to January 2016, Bailey attempted to use and did use a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography.  The indictment also alleges that Bailey possessed child pornography.

Bailey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for unlawful transport of explosives by a non-licensee and for illegal possession of a machine gun; a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for production and attempted production of child pornography; and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.  A criminal complaint was filed on May 6, 2016 charging Bailey with unlawful transport of explosives. Bailey is detained pending a detention hearing on May 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, at which time his initial appearance is also scheduled.

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 commended ATF- Arson and Explosives Group for the Baltimore Field Division, HSI Baltimore, U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division and Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Sykes and Thomas P. Windom, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated May 19, 2016

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