DAYTON, Ohio – A Dayton man pleaded guilty today to unlawfully possessing a pipe bomb.
Michael J. Rhea, 27, pleaded guilty to “possessing an unregistered explosive device” and to “illegally possessing the explosive device as a frequent user of controlled substances.”
According to court documents, in March 2020, officers with the Kettering Police Department encountered Rhea, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Officers explained to Rhea that he was going to be detained and discovered three methamphetamine pipes and a pipe bomb on Rhea and in his vehicle.
The Dayton Police Department’s Regional Bomb Squad was called to the scene and safely removed the pipe bomb, which had a protruding fuse and was filled with powder and BBs.
During a prior arrest, Rhea told law enforcement he uses methamphetamine daily.