California man arrested after making WMD threats
Bradley Dietch allegedly started making threats to use WMDs through the 911 system in November. Investigators teamed up with the Fortuna Police Department to trace the calls to Dietch, the Times-Standard reports.
After obtaining a search warrant, the Rio Dell Police Department contacted the Explosives Ordinance Unit of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office to assist in searching Dietch's motor home. EOD technicians rendered the motor home safe, removing and destroying two suspicious items. The items were allegedly used to manufacture drugs.
During the search, EOD technicians temporarily evacuated the residents of nearby motor homes and trailers.
Dietch was placed in Humboldt County jail on suspicion of knowingly threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and resisting an executive officer. Dietch's bail was set at $250,000.
Dietch reportedly made approximately 15 calls through the 911 system, Kiem-TV.com reports.
"Can't go into a lot of details but basically he was making threats of using weapons of mass destruction," Graham Hill, the chief of Rio Dell Police said, according to Kiem-TV.com. "And subsequent to his arrest he was making threats against a police officer."
Federal law enforcement officials were made aware of the investigation.