Md. man gets prison for building pipe bombs, dealing oxycodone and heroin

GREENBELT, MD. (WJLA) -- A College Park man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a drug operation selling oxycodone, and for building two pipe bombs that he planned to use to try and blow up his partner's car.

According to the Department of Justice, 30-year-old John Frank Jenkins of College Park and his co-conspirators conducted an operation selling oxycodone pills obtained through false prescriptions through at least January 2011 through December 2012.

The suspects allegedly create fake prescriptions which they presented to various pharmacies throughout the area about twice a week, each allowing them to obtain around 180 pills.

According to the DOJ, Jenkins and his co-conspirators consumed some of the pills and sold the rest. During the conspiracy, Jenkins also reportedly began to use and distribute heroin as a cheaper substitute for the oxycodone, selling heroin to pay for the heroin he used.

In November 2012, authorities say Jenkins refused to sell oxycodone to one of his customers, resulting in an argument. After the argument, Jenkins reportedly built two pipe bombs, which he intended to use to blow up the customer’s vehicle.

Around the same time, another customer owed Jenkins $50 for oxycodone that Jenkins had supplied to the customer in June 2012. After making repeated calls to the customer and being unsuccessful in collecting the debt, in December 2012, Jenkins and a co-conspirator carried one of the pipe bombs to the home of the customer who owed Jenkins money, placed the pipe bomb on the front porch and lit the fuse.

The bomb exploded, damaging the front door. The drug customer was sleeping in the bedroom adjacent to the door at the time of the explosion.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and oxycodone, making an explosive device, and being a felon in possession of an explosive device.

On Friday, U.S. DIstrict Judge Pal W. Grimm sentenced John to 121 months in prison for the explosive device charges, followed by 14 months of home detention as part of an additional sentence for three years of supervised release for the conspiracy charge.