Four charged in stolen explosives cases

RUSSELL CO., AL (WSFA) - Four Russell County residents are now facing federal charges related to the trafficking of stolen explosives.

The suspects are identified as Christi B. Gregory, 23, and Dustin S. Martin, 26, both of Smiths, Alabama; and Timothy R. Tart, 39, and Roscoe D. Thomas, 45, both of Phenix City, Alabama.

U.S. Attorney Leura Canary said that the suspects were named in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. Three of the counts accuse Gregory, Martin and Tart of conspiring to buy, sell and dispose of explosive materials; that they possessed unregistered grenades; and that they bought, sold and disposed of stolen explosive materials.

Thomas is facing two counts for receiving, concealing and storing explosive materials and for possessing unregistered grenades.

Canary said in a news release that the offenses involved five M-67 hand grenades, four M-84 stun grenades, two MDI blasting caps and approximately 1.25 pounds of M-112 and C-4 explosives.

Each count carries a possible 10 year prison sentence, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release.