Sheriff: Carson man found with explosives, names of officers

Christopher Gorham

Christopher Gorham

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A Carson City man was arrested Saturday on charges including terrorism after he was found with explosives and the names of law enforcement officers, according to a news release from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Gorham, 50, was driving at about 12:50 a.m., Saturday when Carson City Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop. A drug-detection canine was used to conduct a sniff of the vehicle and deputies located drug paraphernalia and an explosive device, the release said.

Members of the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad detonated the explosive at the scene. A search warrant was obtained for Gorham’s apartment in the 2000 block of College Parkway in north Carson City, where additional drugs, paraphernalia, and explosive materials were located, the release said.

A document was located at the residence which contained the names and identification numbers of two Northern Nevada police officers, along with an ingredients list for building another explosive device.

The bomb squad, along with the Nevada National Guard’s 92nd Civil Support Team (WMD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation.

Gorham is being held on $250,000 bond at the Carson City Detention Center on charges of:

• Attempted acts of terrorism;

• Manufacturing a destructive/explosive device;

• Conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;

• Possession of a controlled substance;

• Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information regarding Gorham is asked to contact CCSO or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or visit


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