Tuesday
October
21
2014
11:29 am
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Two Bay Area men arrested after explosives found in San Francisco
March 14, 2014, 05:00 AM By Terry Collins The Associated

Two San Francisco Bay Area men were in custody on suspicion of manufacturing and selling large quantities of explosives, authorities said Thursday.

Marc Steven Ormando, 47, of Pacifica and Sean Patrick Gunther, 37, of San Pablo were arrested March 6 and face felony charges, including possession of a destructive device and reckless and malicious possession in a public or private place, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

It was unclear what the men planned to do with the explosives, she said.

The arrests followed a months-long undercover operation that began after a device was found in a popular nightclub district in San Francisco.

Surveillance video eventually led investigators to the suspects, who apparently built and sold explosives inside their homes, Newman said.

After trying to buy some of the explosives, federal and local undercover investigators later obtained search warrants that led to the discovery of more than 600 explosive devices and chemicals used to make explosives, Newman said.

“These were not firecrackers we’re talking about here,” Newman said. “They had enough material that if something occurred in either one of their homes, it would’ve been catastrophic for the surrounding areas.”

Ormando was booked on 10 counts each of possession of a destructive device and reckless or malicious possession in public or private, and one count each of possession without a permit for materials to make explosives, unlawful possession of explosives and child endangerment.

Gunther was booked on eight counts each of possession of a destructive device, reckless or malicious possession in public or private, sale or transportation of destructive devices and one count each of unlawful possession of explosives with knowledge and possession of methamphetamine.

The men pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Monday.

Ormando and Gunther were being held at the San Francisco jail on bail of $2.75 million and $1.5 million, respectively, the Sheriff’s Department said. Both were due in court again on Friday.

It was unclear if the suspects have retained attorneys.

 

 

Tags: possession, explosives, newman, destructive, device, malicious,


Other stories from today:

 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
How will the World Series go?

Giants in four
Royals in four
Giants in five
Royals in five
Giants in six
Royals in six
Giants in seven
Royals in seven

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
US: One American released from North Korea
WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months..
Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola
WASHINGTON — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the cen..
US existing home sales rise in September
WASHINGTON — U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing..
Big surf expected on Central Coast
LOS ANGELES — Forecasters say a large northwest swell will bring big surf to Central Coast beaches..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County marketing