Recently, a high school security guard, Angelo Jackson Mendiver, pleaded guilty to manufacturing, selling, and mailing homemade explosives in a disturbing incident that shocked the community. With the assistance of a teenage accomplice, Mendiver was involved in a dangerous operation that led to the recovery of more than half a ton of explosive materials.
According to the United States Attorney's Office, Mendiver, who served as a campus security supervisor at Arvin High School in California, conspired to fulfill transactions and send explosives through the mail to residents of other states. His operation relied on an Instagram account to sell the explosives and explosive materials, working closely with a male juvenile high school student from Bakersfield.
On June 1, 2023, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Mendiver's residence, leading to the seizure of approximately 500 pounds of explosives and explosive materials. Additionally, another 500 pounds of explosives and explosive materials were seized from the juvenile's residence. Agents also discovered various items used in the manufacture of explosives at both locations.
During their investigation, authorities uncovered alarming messages exchanged between Mendiver and the juvenile. One Instagram message included a photo of titanium salute, an explosive mixture, accompanied by two videos showcasing homemade explosive devices that Mendiver had created. He appended the statement, "homemade kills all consumer," suggesting a concerning disregard for safety.
Following the investigation, Mendiver pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to engage in manufacturing and dealing in explosive materials, mailing explosive devices, and making false statements to FBI agents. U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced that Mendiver is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1, 2024. If convicted, he could face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count. The actual sentence will be determined by the court, considering various factors outlined in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Law Enforcement Collaboration.
The case against Mendiver is the result of a joint investigation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bakersfield Police Department. Their collaborative efforts underscore the importance of maintaining public safety and preventing illegal activities like the manufacturing and sale of explosives.
The recent guilty plea of Angelo Jackson Mendiver, a former high school security guard, for selling homemade bombs emphasizes the need for heightened vigilance and security measures at educational institutions. This shocking incident reminds us of the potential dangers associated with illicit activities and serves as a reminder to prioritize the safety and well-being of students and staff. The collaboration between law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting this case highlights their commitment to protecting communities from such threats.
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"High school security guard pleads guilty to selling homemade bombs." ABC News. Retrieved on December 13th, 2023 from https://abcnews.go.com/US/high-school-security-guard-pleads-guilty-selling-homemade/story?id=105615310