Individual Indicted for Possession of Stolen Explosive Materials


WASHINGTON – On April 6, 2017, a federal Grand Jury indicted Juan González-Díaz for possession of stolen explosive materials, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

On March 23, 2017, FBI agents arrested González-Díaz based on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of stolen explosives, namely, approximately 20 pounds of ammonium nitrate, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 842(h).

According to the information contained in the complaint, the defendant had stolen the explosives from a construction site in Caguas. González-Díaz took approximately two to three large bags and several others of a smaller size from a white pick-up truck. The defendant knew that the bags were explosives because the word “explosives” was written on the original packing.

González-Díaz told FBI agents that decided to store the explosives at a friend’s farm in Caguas, claiming that at the time he did not have any use for them. On March 22, 2017, FBI agents seized the explosives and a considerable number of explosive blasting caps.

“The Justice Department will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute these crimes as we strive to protect the safety of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico. “As prosecutors, a significant part of the role we play is to protect the citizens in our communities from the threats they face. This case accomplishes that.”

Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Alum is in charge of the prosecution of the case. If convicted, González-Díaz faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a term of supervised release of up to three years, and a fine of up to $250,000. The FBI is in charge of the investigation with the collaboration of ATF.

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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