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Cincinnati, OH (Apr 14) – Daniel J. Bancroft, Robert Bancroft, and Paul Zahn, ages 43, 41, and 44 respectively, were arrested for illegally possessing and delivering explosives by a joint FBI and ATF task team. Four additional federal search warrants were executed in Ohio and one in Kentucky stemming from this same investigation.
D. Bancroft of Sidney, Ohio, is charged with illegal possession and transfer of explosives, along with conspiracy to transfer explosives.
R. Bancroft, of Williamstown, Kentucky, and brother of David Bancroft, was charged with the same offenses.
Paul Zahn, of Bainbridge, Ohio, is charged with conspiracy to possess and transfer explosives.
The federal complaint filed during February 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky alleges, “the Bancrofts sold a total of 12 blocks of military C4 explosives at a location in Walton, Kentucky. Zahn is alleged to have conspired with the Bancrofts to obtain and deliver the explosives.”
Arrests for all three were made between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., Tuesday, April 13.
Local and state law enforcement agencies assisted. They include the Sidney, Ohio PD; Ross County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office; Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad; Dayton Police Department Bomb Squad; Williamstown, Kentucky PD; Kentucky State Police; and Boone County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office.
A complaint is merely an allegation of criminal conduct. All individuals are presumed innocent until convicted.