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Chamois Man Indicted for Manufacturing Meth, Possessing Two Bombs

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Chamois, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for manufacturing methamphetamine and for possessing two bombs.


Zachary Scott Reed, 22, of Chamois, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on July 15, 2015. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Reed’s arrest and initial court appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Reed remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.


The federal indictment alleges that Reed manufactured methamphetamine on Sept. 7, 2014, in Osage County, Mo.


The indictment also alleges that Reed illegally possessed an incendiary device labeled “Fragmenting Grenade” and an incendiary device labeled “Concession (sic) Grenade.” According to court documents, the two explosive bombs, which contained rusty nails, were designed as improvised explosive weapons. The two bombs and a methamphetamine lab were seized by law enforcement officers during the execution of a search warrant at Reed’s residence on Sept. 7, 2014.


Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart J. Zander. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Osage County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Updated February 4, 2016