Williamstown man, 3 others indicted in fireworks case

COVINGTON (FOX19) - A Williamstown, Ky. man and three men from Sidney, Ohio men were have been charged in a seven-count federal indictment for their alleged roles in the illegal transportation and distribution of plastic explosives in Boone County.

The indictment charges that Williamstown native Robert Bancroft, 41, his brother Daniel J. Bancroft, 43, Jeremy Wayne Browning, 21, and Matthew Rogers, 22, with a conspiracy to distribute explosives without a license starting in July of 2009 and continuing until February of 2010.

Daniel and Robert Bancroft were also charged with possessing stolen explosive materials, transporting and distributing units of C-4, a military explosive, without a license.

Last month, the Bancrofts were charged in a criminal complaint. The affidavit within the complaint alleged that the brothers were responsible for selling a total of 12 units of C-4 for $3,600 to a confidential source working on behalf of law enforcement.

The defendants' appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set by the court in Covington. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years on each count.

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