Ohio man who had live bomb told cops he uses meth daily


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.

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