JAY — A Delaware County man accused of sending through the mail a wired and explosive package to well-known Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona has been charged in federal court.
Gregory Lynn Shrader, 55, of Jay, is charged in Federal Court for the District Court of Arizona for making a threat.
It is unknown if Shrader was extradited by federal investigators to Arizona. A telephone message left for U.S. Attorney Raymond Woo in Phoenix was not returned.
Arpaio, an elected sheriff for Maricopa County, is known for serving inmates bologna sandwiches and surplus food, piping in classical and patriotic music throughout the jail, operating a “Tent City” for inmates and making inmates wear pink underwear.
The nine-page complaint was filed in federal court on March 6.
Flagstaff, Ariz., post office surveillance video showed a vehicle belonging to Rachelle Raimer, of Gentry, Ark., was at the post office on April 11, 2013, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Raimer told federal investigators she drove to Arizona with Shrader to mail the package. Shrader placed the package into a post office box receptacle wearing surgical type gloves, the affidavit states.
Flagstaff postal workers intercepted the package for its unusual packaging, including excessive postage.
It contained the return address of Shrader’s former business associate, the affidavit states.
When contacted, the former business associate suggested to authorities Shrader was “trying to frame him” like he had done in the past, the affidavit states.
Postal workers noticed “silver grain-like material” spilling from the package, the affidavit states. The material was screened with an infrared spectrometer graph analyzer that showed the material as “explosive smokeless powder,” the affidavit states.
Further investigation by a robot equipped with X-ray showed the package contained wires, a battery, a pressure-release switch attached to the lid of the box and a bottle that contained an unknown substance, the affidavit states.
The substance was later identified as “Hodgdon Hybrid 100V,” the affidavit states.
After the box was disabled, investigators removed model rocket engine igniters, batteries, foil, a black plastic bottle with smokeless powder residue, a paper manuscript with a partial label showing “Institute of Scared Science.com” and smokeless powder granules, the affidavit states.
An investigation reported showed the D-cell battery contained sufficient voltage to detonate the rocket engine igniter, the affidavit states.
However the device “lacked a bridge wire” which suggested “the device was inoperable,” according to the affidavit.
A search warrant at Shrader’s home on March 6 showed a document that resembled the address label on the wired package, the affidavit states.
Shrader was previously charged in 2003 with misdemeanor criminal libel, which was later dismissed.
In 2005, he was charged with assault and battery; he pleaded no contest a year later and received a suspended sentence, records show.
Court records show Raimer was not charged.