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South Carolina man caught planting ISIS bombs, one in a teddy bear, and has been charged

Wesley Dallas Ayers faces up to life in prison if convicted. (Anderson County Detention)
April 12, 2018

A man from South Carolina was charged with a dozen federal gun and explosives charges on Wednesday for allegedly planting bombs, WSPA-TV reported.

The FBI executed a search warrant at Wesley Dallas Ayers’ home following an investigation into multiple explosive devices being found near his home in Anderson County.

Ayers, 27, was charged in a 12-count indictment with transportation of explosive materials with the intent to injure, possession and use of destructive devices during the commission of a crime of violence, use of a destructive device during the commission of a felony, and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Seven planted devices were found by FBI agents, four of which were “destructive devices or bombs,” WYFF4 reported.

Ayers’ fingerprints were found on several of the devices.

Agents said Ayers has a tattoo of a teddy bear with glowing, red eyes on his left arm. On Feb. 15, a teddy bear matching the same description of Ayers’ tattoo was found on Little Mountain Road sitting in a basket. An Xray of the teddy bear found that there was a copper pipe with explosives inside.

Along with some of the planted devices, written messages were found pledging allegiance to ISIS. One of the messages read “war has been declared.”

On Jan. 30, a man and his 14-year-old daughter found a wicker basket making a hissing noise, possibly before the device might have exploded.

Alongside the device was a picture of Osama Bin Laden standing in front of the White House with flames inside.

Ayers has a history of using methamphetamines and once used a bat wrapped in barbed wire to beat his fiancée’s cat to death, WYFF reported.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.