Wednesday, March 11, 2009


A La Rosita man is very likely to face federal charges in the near future related to the discovery of a pipe bomb at a residence in La Rosita on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Eduardo David Rosa, 50, also faces local charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Rio Grande City Police Chief B.A. “Dutch” Piper indicated Monday that crack cocaine and 106 pounds of marijuana, along with a pipe bomb, were discovered at a residence on Highway 83 in La Rosita.
Piper stated, “The Rio Grande City Police Department, the Starr County Interdiction Task Force, and the Starr County Sheriff’s Department conducted a narcotics search warrant at a residence on West Highway 83 in La Rosita…The raid took place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19.”
Piper added, “ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) was called in due to the discovery of the pipe bomb and took over the investigation involving the pipe bomb…Charges by ATF are pending against Rosa.”
The chief noted, “The pipe bomb was about 10 inches long and one inch wide.”
Elias Bazan, Resident Agent in Charge at the McAllen ATF Office, declared on Monday, “ATF is following up with federal charges in that matter. It’s likely to be one count of possession of a destructive device.”
“Apparently, it was an old device that had been there for some time,” explained Bazan. “It’s a smaller device than we’re accustomed to seeing; it involved plastic pipe.”
Piper indicated that a handgun and shotgun were also confiscated in the La Rosita raid on Thursday.

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