Court Documents: Willmar Man Stockpiled Assault Weapons, Explosives

Chad Monson Photo: Kandiyohi County
Chad Monson

June 13, 2018 04:00 PM

A Willmar man faces numerous federal and state charges after authorities located a large cache of automatic firearms and explosives. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Kandiyohi County, 46-year-old Chad Lee Monson faces two counts of possessing an explosive or incendiary device, eleven counts of possessing a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun, and one count each of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a suppressor (silencer) and fifth-degree possession of a scheduled substance. 


On the federal level, Monson faces 10 counts of possessing a machine gun, two counts of possessing a machine gun with an obliterated serial number, one count of possessing destructive devices and one count of possessing an unregistered silencer. 

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According to a criminal complaint, multiple law enforcement agencies, including a drug and gang task force and the Minneapolis Bomb Squad, executed a search warrant in February looking for weapons and explosives in a shed Monson used as a part of his excavating business.

During the search, officers located nine machine guns, two short-barreled shotguns, three suppressors, two PVC pipe bombs with fuses intact, two five-gallon pails containing explosive materials, various detonators and other ignition devices and methamphetamine. 

The complaint alleged Monson told someone he'd located the residence of a judge, a prosecutor and another attorney and planned to plant the explosives near their homes. 


Ben Rodgers

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