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D'Hanis man charged with manufacturing pipe bombs

Michael Keich, 20, faces up to 10 years in federal prison

A D'Hanis man was arrested Tuesday for manufacturing an unregistered weapon and manufacturing an explosive without a license.

Officials said while executing a search warrant at the residence of Michael Keich, 20, FBI and Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms agents found a pipe bomb, as well as materials used in the production of explosive devices.

According to the criminal complaint, Keich told officials he manufactured pipe bombs despite knowing it was illegal.

If convicted, Keich faces up to 10 years in federal prison. He is in federal custody pending a hearing later this week.