The group demanded a payment of $ 5 million within 180 天. The letter said if any CMT members were arrested, 然后 “your problems will begin” 和 “price will go up one hundred times.”
Three weeks later, 在九月 15, a man was seen on surveillance footage leaving a US Postal Service box with black tape and a wire sticking out of it outside of an AT&T store in Sault Ste. Marie and another one at a Verizon store in Cheboygan, 密西根州, the affidavit said. Sault Ste. Marie is near the Canadian border in northern Michigan with Cheboygan being 73 miles south.
Both boxes were consistent with being improvised explosive devices (IEDs), or pipe bombs. Along with explosive materials, the Sault Ste. Marie box contained metal BBs and the Cheboygan box contained nails, 根据誓章.
“The potential explosion from these devices could cause property damage, personal injury, and/or death. Each of the devices consisted of a metal pipe nipple with two metal end caps, which provided containment for the low explosive powder main charge,” the affidavit read. “Metal spheres and nails were found within the powders of each device.”
Allen is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday before Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris.