Gregory Lynn Shrader Arrested for "Bomb" Mailed to Joe Arpaio

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A 55-year-old Oklahoma man has been arrested for allegedly mailing a "bomb" to Sheriff Joe Arpaio last year.

The package addressed to Arpaio's office was intercepted by postal inspectors in Flagstaff in April. A federal indictment of Gregory Lynn Shrader confirms what a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told New Times when the package was discovered -- the device would not have exploded had Arpaio opened it.

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Arpaio's chief deputy Jerry Sheridan referred to this as "an actual explosive device" at the time, and both Arpaio and Sheridan suggested Mexican cartels were responsible.

Instead, the FBI believes Shrader, an Oklahoma resident who's done prison time on drug-manufacturing charges, is responsible.

According to the federal indictment, the postal employee who picked up the package at a collection box in Flagstaff reported it to inspectors because he thought the 15 stamps and a return address in California were suspicious. Indeed, a postal inspector found what was identified as explosive powder leaking out of the box.

A bomb-squad robot from Flagstaff PD took x-ray images of the package, which showed that the box also contained wires, a battery, a bottle containing some unknown substance, and a pressure-release switch attached to the lid of the box. Authorities immediately believed they were dealing with an IED, but after closer inspection, the device was missing the wire needed to cause detonation, according to the indictment.

The first lead authorities checked out was the name of the man listed in the return address section of the package. That man said it certainly wasn't him, and said he thought Shrader, a former business partner, was trying to set him up.

Federal court records show Shrader sued his former partner in a dispute over their business ventures. The man told investigators that Shrader had tried to frame him in the past, and provided authorities with some mailings he received from Shrader, from Oklahoma.

Authorities started looking at Shrader, and through bank records cross-referenced with video surveillance footage, investigators were able to track Shrader and another person travel by car from Oklahoma to Arizona. One surveillance camera, located on the outskirts of Flagstaff, allegedly show Shrader driving by, 1.2 miles from where the postal worker initially picked up the package about half an hour later. The vehicle is seen driving the other way about an hour later.

A search warrant was served at Shrader's place, and the woman who was with Shrader said that she went to Arizona with Shrader for the purpose of mailing a package, and Shrader dropped off that package while wearing surgical gloves, according to the indictment. She also identified the precise drop-off box where Shrader had left the package.

While serving the search warrant at Schrader's place, authorities also recovered "an image that closely resembles the return address label" on the package.

Shrader is being charged with "willfully making a threat."

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Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Who wants to bet that the 82 year old stricken law dawg will naturally croak in office in 2014? 


No bomb is needed. Just patience.

nutcracker
nutcracker

why would anyone send a bomb to a man that can get taken out so easily by a sidewalk curb? one of lifes great mysteries!

Linda Linda
Linda Linda

Did it really happen or was it another set up like the James Saville case?

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

He should be beheaded in central square of city for all infidels to see. Praise Allah, the most merciful.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

The powerful Shrader Cartel again, hey? 

Keith Showalter
Keith Showalter

he didnt commit the crime in maricopa county, so why would he go to tent city? other than the obvious reason of a ridiculous media debacle, yet another soap opera in the joe arpaio story..

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Well yeah, not a lawyer, but pretty sure that sending a bomb, real or fake, is going to get you in trouble with the law. Sort of a bad idea.

Lou Peña
Lou Peña

Well normally I'd say no, but he did try and kill him, so yes.

Chuck Williams
Chuck Williams

"Tent City" is jail. This guy is going to prison.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"threat" ? ... what threat?

robert_graham
robert_graham

If you'll recall, I told you long ago that the suspect would be caught but you pissed it off as false. So what do you have to say for yourselves now?  There's a special cell waiting for him at the 4th Avenue jail.

DNichols
DNichols

I have been told that Arpaio used to have his wife open thier car doors first back when the old fart drove.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Everything is a bomb or threat to Bozo Joe Arpaio, including sidewalks.

Sheriff Arpaio, America's BIGGEST Blowhard.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"the device would not have exploded had Arpaio opened it."


Then it was not a bomb...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Almost as soon as they began the investigation, they knew that it wasn't really a bomb, either in fact or by design, because even a small explosion might have destroyed the return address.  At that point, they also knew that the crime wasn't targeting Arpaio, but rather a former partner, living in California.


So there really was no "threat".  Considering that there was little chance of the victim ever really being suspected of having sent the package, it was really little more than a childish prank.  The appropriate charge would seem to involve sending hazardous materials through the mail.


Warrior-X
Warrior-X

The majority of death threats directed at the Flaccid Failure, are from white arpaio-hating Americans. Yet, the diaper wearing geezer is quick to lay blame on non-whites.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

You just can't find a competent bomber anymore.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I saw that the kid from Canada was also arrested for the 5th time this week after sending more threats...

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good bust!  Arpaio has a special cell in the 4th Avenue jail just for him.

DNichols
DNichols

Whaa?  It wasn't the "Mexicans"?!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  yeah twit, but it wasnt Joe that caught him, it was the feds, you know the guys that Joe thinks are out to get him

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Cozz Everything's a joke to you isn't it?  How in the world can you call him racist about this, the cockroach arrested is also white you idiot!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Lone_Wolf And how do you know that?  You mean the Mexican drug cartel is also white?  We should pull our troops out of the Middle East and send them all to Mexico.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@shadeaux14 Like I was saying, there's a special cell waiting for him at the 4th Avenue jail.  He'll be sorry he ever did what he did.

DNichols
DNichols

@Shadeaux14

No kidding this guy and his partner in crime should be forced to pedal the exsercise bikes to generate enough electricity to watch the movie "Dumb, and Dumber."

robert_graham
robert_graham

@WhoKnows Right so that's why he should just be shot. Then he won't be able to do that anymore.

DNichols
DNichols

@Whoknows

This kid is great, cast iron Heuvos.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham  lol you do realize you are giving kudos to the same LEA that recommended charges against him right? 

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham @Cozz

No, not everything Jaffy, you just happen to be the BIGGEST joke I've seen.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham where does he call him a racist in this post? and yes the guy was white, just like the piece of shit that shot officer Hobbs (remember how you were trying to hint that he might be hispanic with your question of what race he was.............before you deleted it)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@robert_graham @valleynative 

You can say something that completely ridiculous, and call me an idiot?  I can't wait to hear how something that looks like a bomb can be as bad as an actual bomb.

Please!  Enlighten us with your wisdom.  How many people could this fake bomb have killed or maimed, genius?


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham @WhoKnows  So, you believe in shooting people that disagree with your tiny thoughts!  What a scumbag you are!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @WhoKnows  Nope.  Saw the story on abc15 or kpho yesterday.  It was something like he was on probation for the first 4 times, did it again, and violated his probation!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@david_saint01 @robert_graham Who recommended charges against him? Oh the activists of course, right?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14 @DNichols 

He clearly wasn't trying to make an explosive.  He was trying to get his ex partner blamed for having sent a dud.

If it had exploded, there might not have been any evidence remaining to point to the real intended victim.

He's still pretty stupid, considering that the guy he was trying to frame had no trouble leading the feds to him.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows what is this kid? the modern day Canadian version of "the little train that could"???  i think i can, i think i can, i think i can, .................or is he just a younger Canadian version of our own little JAFfy? (you know, a poster child for a mental health intervention)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham @Lone_Wolf  Correct Jaffy.  You ran to Fresno when people were trying to get you arrested for your threats in these very forums!

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