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Charges dismissed against man accused of mailing explosives to military, government facilities

EVERETT, Wash. — Charges were dismissed against an Everett man accused of sending suspicious packages to the Washington, D.C., area in 2018.

KING-TV reports the indictment against Thanh Cong Phan was dismissed Monday due to reasons related to Phan’s mental condition, according to court documents.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling was one of the sites in the Washington, D.C.-area, that received a suspicious package on March 26, 2018. (Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington/Navy)
Man charged with shipping explosives to military sites

A Seattle area man suspected of sending suspicious packages to multiple government agencies and military installations around the nation’s capital was charged Tuesday with shipping explosive materials.

Phan was arrested in March 2018 after the FBI said he sent at least 18 suspicious packages to military installations and government facilities in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. The packages contained homemade explosive materials along with letters that were “incoherent ramblings” about neuropsychology, mind control, and terrorism.

A U.S. postal inspector used a tracking number on the package sent to FBI headquarters to determine it was sent from Mill Creek. The inspector matched surveillance footage of Phan paying for the package with his Department of Licensing photo.

Phan sent hundreds of letters and emails to government agencies for three years before sending the suspicious packages, according to charging documents.

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