The Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse building in Portland as seen in this March 20, 2018, BDN file photo.

A 23-year-old Saco man was arrested this week after he allegedly tried to sell a homemade bomb to an undercover agent.

Michael Rickett was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen Wednesday, according to court filings.

An affidavit filed by Special Agent Timothy Kenty of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Rickett arranged to sell him what the Saco man described as a “military-grade IED” — improvised explosive device — for $350 on July 13 of last year.

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Kenty wrote that his agency received a tip about Rickett by a “concerned citizen.”

Rickett allegedly sold the undercover agent a potentially explosive metal container filled with 26 pennies, three beverage can pull tabs and a pendant, among other things.

Rickett faces one charge of possession of an unregistered explosive device, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

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Seth Koenig

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