U.S. pros­e­cu­tors ap­peal re­lease of for­mer Trump del­e­gate

Weapons cache found in un­der­ground bunker, prose­cu­tor says

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

More in­for­ma­tion has sur­faced re­gard­ing the fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion of for­mer Don­ald Trump del­e­gate Caleb An­drew Bai­ley, ac­cused of il­le­gally trans­port­ing ex­plo­sives and am­mu­ni­tion, pos­ses­sion of a ma­chine gun, and pro­duc­tion and pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy. Court records filed on Fri­day in­di­cate Bai­ley, 30, of Wal­dorf had col­lected a “vast ar­ray of weapons found in an un­der­ground bunker at [his]

res­i­dence,” ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit sub­mit­ted by the U.S. At­tor­neys Of­fice.

Elected in April to be a del­e­gate to the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, pledged to Don­ald Trump, Bai­ley re­mains in fed­eral cus­tody af­ter U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Charles B. Day stayed his con­di­tional re­lease on Thurs­day, court records in­di­cate.

Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued that Bai­ley was dan­ger­ous and a flightrisk, and that “there are no con­di­tions of re­lease that rea­son­ably will as­sure the safety of the com­mu­nity and his ap­pear­ance at fu­ture hear­ings,” court records state.

Bai­ley’s next de­ten­tion hear­ing is sched­uled for 9 a.m. Wed­nes­day in front of U.S. Dis­trict Judge Paul W. Grimm.

Joe Clus­ter, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mary­land Repub­li­can Party, said last week that he re­ceived a let­ter with Caleb Bai­ley’s res­ig­na­tion as a del­e­gate to the con­ven­tion. Bai­ley was elected as a Trump del­e­gate by GOP vot­ers in the Fifth Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which in­cludes Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties, and parts of Prince Ge­orge’s and Anne Arun­del.

He was re­placed by an al­ter­nate del­e­gate, Den­nis Di Bello of St. Leonard, Clus­ter said. Di Bello was also pledged to Trump on the pri­mary elec­tion bal­lot and re­ceived the most votes among al­ter­nate del­e­gates in the Fifth Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

His fa­ther, Collins Bai­ley, is the for­mer vice chair of the Mary­land Repub­li­can Party. When reached by phone af­ter the in­dict­ment was an­nounced May 19, Collins Bai­ley de­clined com­ment.

Clus­ter said last week that Collins Bai­ley, also of Wal­dorf, re­mains a Trump del­e­gate to the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land. The third Trump del­e­gate elected from the Fifth Dis­trict is Jim Craw­ford of Bryan­town.

The in­dict­ment of Caleb Bai­ley comes af­ter three months of in­ves­ti­ga­tion by spe­cial agents of the fed­eral Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives.

On Feb. 18, a pack­age rup­tured open at a postal fa­cil­ity in Capitol Heights, prompt­ing postal po­lice and in­spec­tors to re­spond to the scene, au­thor­i­ties re­ported.

The pack­age, which was ad­dressed to a firearms store in Wis­con­sin, con­tained 400 rounds of .223 cal­iber ammo, 119 rounds of reloaded .50 cal­iber car­tridges with M48A1 in­cen­di­ary pro­jec­tiles, and 200 rounds of 14.5mm M183A1 spot­ting pro­jec­tiles, which con­tain an ex­plo­sive charge, ac­cord­ing to court records.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the pack­age was one of five that had been dropped off at the U.S. Postal Ser­vice White Plains branch on Feb. 17, ATF Spe­cial Agent Daniel Gi­b­lin wrote in an af­fi­davit.

On Feb. 25 and March 3, a man be­lieved to be Caleb Bai­ley called and al­legedly pro­vided the track­ing num­ber for the pack­age, ad­vis­ing that it had not been de­liv­ered yet, court records in­di­cate. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Bai­ley used a false name when he called the first time but iden­ti­fied him­self as Caleb Bai­ley dur­ing the sec­ond call.

On May 5, po­lice raided prop­er­ties as­so­ci­ated to Caleb Bai­ley, in­clud­ing his home, and al­legedly seized a ma­chine gun and re­port­edly found ev­i­dence that Bai­ley “used a mi­nor to en­gage in sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­duct to pro­duce child pornog­ra­phy” from March 2015 to Jan­uary 2016, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. The in­dict­ment also al­leges that Bai­ley was in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy.

“Bai­ley faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years in prison for un­law­ful trans­port of ex­plo­sives by a non-li­censee and for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a ma­chine gun; a manda­tory min­i­mum of 15 years and a max­i­mum of 30 years in prison for pro­duc­tion and at­tempted pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy; and a max­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years in prison for pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

U.S. At­tor­ney for Mary­land Rod J. Rosen­stein com­mended ATF-Ar­son and Ex­plo­sives Group for the Bal­ti­more Field Di­vi­sion, Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tion in Bal­ti­more, U.S. Postal In­spec­tion Ser­vice-Washington Di­vi­sion and Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for their work in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Rosen­stein also thanked As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­neys Jennifer R. Sykes and Thomas P. Win­dom, who are pros­e­cut­ing the case, in the re­lease.

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