A North Dakota man is facing federal charges after stealing explosives from an oil field site.

According to KFYR-TV, Tyler Porter, 35, was arrested earlier this month after law enforcement officials discovered hundreds of explosives in his home.

State and local law enforcement officials along with FBI and ATF agents reportedly found hundreds of rounds of ammunition along with two firearms and an instructional book on how to manufacture explosives.

Law enforcement documents seen by KFYR said Porter planned to sell the explosives.

Porter is now facing four counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of explosives and theft of explosive materials, KFYR-TV said.

Porter has a hearing in federal court scheduled for May 26.

The Department of Justice launched the  multi-agency Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force last year in response to growing crime in the country’s most famous shale play.

According to the DOJ, there has been a “dramatic” rise in serious crimes around Bakken, including the importation of pure methamphetamine from Mexico and multi-million dollar fraud and environmental crimes.


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