A Maplewood, Minn., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal possession of a pipe bomb, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
Dylan Raymond Orr, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Nancy E. Brasel to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.
According to court documents, on April 28, 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the Maplewood residence of Orr after discovering photos of two pipe bombs sent from Orr’s phone to a third party.
The affidavit details that a cellphone was found by a staff member at a downtown Minneapolis strip club in April of this year. The staff member looked through the phone in an attempt to identify the owner and, in the process, located text messages sent to the owner of the phone with what appeared to be photos of pipe bombs attached. The employee turned over the phone to law enforcement who then obtained a warrant to search the phone.
The search revealed that messages had been sent to the owner of the phone which contained blueprints and information related to the building and assembly of pipe bombs, as well as images of pipe bombs.
One image showed two pipe bombs of different lengths next to a piece of mail bearing Orr’s name and an address in Maplewood.
The images showed that there were small BBs affixed to the exterior casing of the pipe bombs. During the execution of the search warrant at Orr’s residence, law enforcement discovered two six-inch pipes — one with BBs affixed, 4 end caps, and explosive powder, components which could be readily converted to a destructive device. Orr did not have a registration to possess these devices from the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by law.
Investigators also discovered other text messages and photos sent to the owner of the phone that referenced a “tweaker’s den,” which the complaint said is slang for users of methamphetamine. While conducting the search warrant at Orr’s Maplewood residence, investigators discovered a shed referenced and shown in the text messages and photos that was described as the “tweaker’s den.”
Minnesota court records show two prior misdemeanor convictions for Orr on fourth-degree DWI and violation of a protection order.
Other court records show a pending Ramsey County case involving felony charges of first-degree burglary and domestic assault by strangulation.
Orr remains in federal custody and a sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.
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