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West Frankfort man charged with homemade explosive, weapons charges

Matthew J. Galli (Source: West Frankfort PD) Matthew J. Galli (Source: West Frankfort PD)
Gun seized by PD (Source: West Frankfort PD) Gun seized by PD (Source: West Frankfort PD)
Numerous firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were also located and taken (Source: West Frankfort PD) Numerous firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were also located and taken (Source: West Frankfort PD)
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -

A West Frankfort man was charged with weapons and explosive related offenses.

According to police, Matthew J. Galli, 33, of West Frankfort was in possession of a device used to silence a firearm and homemade explosive devices.

According to Police Chief Jeff Tharp, Galli had made numerous threats to take the life of West Frankfort Police Officers and to blow up the Police Department building.

Officers had Galli under constant surveillance and eventually took him into custody at Main and Adams Street at approximately 6 p.m. during a traffic stop. Officers also say they found two homemade explosive devices inside of Galli's vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained for Galli's residence in the 1400 block of E. Main Street.

The Secretary of State's Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were requested to respond and assist in the investigation.

The search warrant was executed late Thursday night.

Inside of the residence, officers say they found a commercially made device used to silence the report of a firearm. This device is known as a silencer or suppressor.

Also found inside the house was a homemade, explosive device.

Several items associated with manufacturing explosive devices were also located and seized. Numerous firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were also located and taken.

Galli was taken to the Franklin County Jail and charged with weapons and explosive related offenses. The vehicle Galli was driving was seized and is subject to forfeiture.

All explosive devices and related materials were removed by the Bomb Squad.the explosives and materials were taken to a remote location and destroyed by explosive means.

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