2 Men arrested after weapons, explosives found inside vehicle

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Weapons, ammunition and explosives were found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. By Jennifer Thomas Weapons, ammunition and explosives were found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. By Jennifer Thomas
Weapons, ammunition and explosives were found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. By Jennifer Thomas Weapons, ammunition and explosives were found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. By Jennifer Thomas
Michael James Doyle By Jennifer Thomas Michael James Doyle By Jennifer Thomas
Christopher G. Dewey By Jennifer Thomas Christopher G. Dewey By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two men were arrested after Arizona Department of Public Safety officers discovered weapons, ammunition and explosives inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.

A DPS officer stopped a vehicle after seeing it weave and nearly collide with a cement barrier wall near U.S. 60 and 91st Avenue in Peoria at approximately 9 p.m. on Aug. 27.

The officer contacted the driver, Michael James Doyle, 30, and saw that he was wearing a ballistic vest and had large bulges in his pockets. A records check showed Doyle's license was suspended.

A fully loaded AK-47 rifle, a machete, a steel shank, pipe bombs and bomb components, a steel plate converted into a shield, a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook, a copy of the Improvised Munitions Handbook, and five magazines with a total of 159 rounds of ammunition were found inside the vehicle.

Doyle and his passenger, Christopher G. Dewey, 26, were placed in handcuffs and searched. Officers said they found a set of handcuffs in Doyle's back pocket, a pipe bomb with a red fuse in his front pants and a ballistic vest.

A total of seven complete Improvised Explosive Devices were discovered and rendered safe by the DPS Bomb Squad.

Doyle's estranged wife told detectives that he considers himself a "Sovereign Citizen."

Detectives said they found a cassette tape with Doyle talking about killing and doomsday, Molotov cocktail devices and a 30-06 scoped rifle during a search of his home.

Doyle and Dewey were booked into the Maricopa County Jail. They both face 14 counts of misconduct with explosives, two counts of misconduct with a weapon and use of body armor during commission of a felony.

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