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Rio Rancho Man Charged with Possession of Destructive Devices

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Francisco B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations El Paso, announced today that Peter Ryan Lynch was charged with receipt or possession of a destructive device. Lynch, 46, of Rio Rancho, appeared in federal court today for a detention hearing and will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, on April 20, 2023, agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a warrant authorizing the search of the residence of Lynch for receiving firearms silencers mailed from China. While clearing the residence, HSI agents located four “pipe bombs,” materials for building pipe bombs, a shotgun, corresponding ammunition, a ballistics vest and several inert grenades.

Inert grenades are often sold as collectors’ items with a hole drilled into the end and the internal components removed. At least one of the grenades recovered at the residence appeared ready to load with a propellant. At the time the warrant was executed, agents determined that one of the pipe bombs was functional and capable of detonation. The other three pipe bombs consisted of two smaller PVC pipes with end caps, and one larger metal pipe fitted with end caps and a fuse.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Lynch faces up to 10 years in prison.

Homeland Security Investigations investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Jon K. Stanford is prosecuting the case.

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Updated March 1, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-91