Maine man faces federal charge over 19 pipe bombs

Posted Sept. 23, 2009, at 9:39 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man arrested during a drug raid has been charged in federal court with having 19 pipe bombs at his apartment.

Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Pressey of Portland faces a single count of possession of unregistered destructive devices.

Pressey was one of three men arrested Aug. 17 after a three-month drug trafficking investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Apartment raids netted an ounce of crack cocaine, three handguns, an assault-style rifle and a shotgun.

William Hopkins and William Holmes III were charged in state court with aggravated trafficking of cocaine.

Pressey was charged in state court with the criminal use of explosives. He’s being held on $50,000 cash bail at the Cumberland County Jail.

The Portland Press Herald reports the new federal complaint against Pressey was filed last week.

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