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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

South Bend Man Charged

With Possession Of A Destructive Device

SOUTH BEND – Branden Furnari, 31, of South Bend, Indiana was charged with possession of a firearm (destructive device) not registered in the National Firearms Registration Record. 


According to documents in this case, Furnari was arrested after allegedly selling destructive devices to an undercover law enforcement officer.  Furnari explained in detail how to assemble the components using the “Det cord” and “Blasting caps” which was all provided in the transaction for $800 dollars to the undercover officer.


U.S. Attorney Kirsch, “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute violations of federal firearms laws.”


The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.


If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


This case is being investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department.  This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Barrett.


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