Apache Junction man accused of transporting IEDs indicted

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – An indictment was handed down against a man accused of possessing and transporting improvised explosive devices.

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on Tuesday against Jeffrey Harbin, 28, for possession of unregistered destructive devices and the unlawful transportation of explosive material.

Harbin allegedly had 12 grenade-like IEDs on or about Jan. 14. The devices were made using Polyvinyl Chloride, also known as PVC, and black powder that authorities say was consistent with gunpowder. He also reportedly had an improvised fusing system. The indictment alleges Harbin illegally transported one of the IEDs on the same day.

“Jeffrey Harbin built these IEDs in such a way as to maximize human carnage," said Dennis K. Burke, U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. "Thanks to the hard work and diligence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Phoenix Joint Terrorism Task Force, the defendant was intercepted and the devices he created were disabled before they could be used to potentially inflict grave human harm.”

Harbin is being held in federal custody. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each of the three counts and a $250,000 fine.