Bodie Witzlib federally charged in Germantown explosives case
GERMANTOWN (WITI) — 33-year-old Bodie Witzlib of Germantown has now been federally charged in connection with explosives were recovered from a Germantown home.
Witzlib now faces six federal charges, including:
- knowingly engaging in the business of manufacturing and dealing in explosive materials with out a license to do so
- operating a business called “G.I. Fireworks,” which manufactured and advertised the sale of M-80 and M-100 explosive devices
- knowingly transporting, shipping explosive devices — namely an M-80 explosive device that was mailed
- possessing explosive materials, including M-80s and M-100s, safety fuses, military grade aluminum powder and potassium perchlorate — after being convicted for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
- knowingly storing explosive materials in a manner not in conformity with regulations
- storing explosive materials, including 990 M-80 and 19 M-100 explosive devices at his Germantown residence
The criminal complaint against Witzlib indicates his uncle noticed he was making M-80s in his grandmother’s house. The uncle also found a brochure that advertised packaged deals for buying M-80s. The complaint says when the uncle went to the basement of the home, he found up to 1,000 finished explosive devices.
The complaint indicates when authorities showed up at the Germantown home, they seized 600-700 devices that were consistent with M-80s. They also seized several larger devices. They also found one package of an unknown white substance. In a shed in the yard, authorities also found 11 containers of military grade aluminum and several five-pound packages of chemicals.
Witzlib is said to be no stranger to police. His rap sheet stretches back to 1999, and includes criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, battery and dozens of traffic violations — but nothing to suggest any past history with explosives.
Witzlib’s criminal history also includes one conviction of fleeing from police, which suggests an internal struggle. A criminal complaint states police asked him why he ran. He reportedly stated he believed President Bush, Dick Cheney and Condaleeza Rice have a conspiracy against him.
If convicted, Witzlib faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the four felony counts. Witzlib is due back in court on Wednesday, May 29th.