2 men arrested after weapons, explosives found inside vehicle


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:24 AM

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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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