DUNEDIN, Fla. — Pinellas County deputies arrested a Dunedin man on Thursday for possessing destruction devices which they found in his home during a child pornography raid.
Randall Drake, 24, was arrested after deputies searched his home, where he lives with his parents. In January of 2017, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office began a child pornography investigation in which Drake was a suspect. During the course of the investigation, deputies established probable cause that he was distributing child pornography and that he had child pornography in his home.
On Wednesday night, sheriff's detectives served the child pornography search warrant. While searching the home, they found several firearms, explosives and incendiary devices in a closet inside Drake's bedroom.
Members of the bomb squad responded to the scene and took custody of the explosive devices.
Numerous weapons were found in the home including, but not limited to:
An AK-47 with a magazine 60 round clip
A 308 caliber rifle
A 50 caliber pistol
A 12 gauge shotgun
Numerous other handguns
Around 15 knives
A baseball bat with protruding nails in it
A container of gunpowder
Over 2,300 rounds of ammunition
Three incendiary devices
A homemade silencer
Drake kept maps and aerial overviews of multiple Hillsborough schools including Essrig Elementary and Ben Hill Middle School, as well as the Hillsborough County's Water Treatment Plant.
Detectives also found several handwritten journals regarding improvised munitions handbooks, military instruction manuals, computers and what Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri referred to as a “really troubling handwritten letter.”
This was the handwritten letter found at the scene:
“Randall appears to be as we would refer to as a sleeper,” Sheriff Gualtieri said during a press conference Thursday. “We have no criminal intelligence information on him, he has no criminal history, no background.”
Drake was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device. He posted his $20,000 bond on Thursday night and was released from jail. Prior to bonding out of jail, Sheriff Gualtieri said that he believes Drake is too dangerous to be released. Subsequently, after he was released, Drake was taken into immediate custody under the Baker Act for a mental health evaluation.