By JOSH NEWTON
A Tahlequah man injured in an explosion last week was in federal court for his initial appearance Wednesday.
Jeremy Ramirez, 27, is charged with being a felon in possession of an explosive.
Ramirez suffered severe injuries to his hand and body when he allegedly attached a blasting cap to a cell phone early Friday morning, April 19. The combination of the cap and cell phone caused an explosion, according to police.
Authorities said they later discovered that Ramirez – a convicted felon with previous charges out of Adair and Tulsa counties – had other blasting caps in his possession at the Tahlequah home where the explosion occurred.
Information gathered at the Tahlequah home led police to a Stilwell residence, where more explosive materials were found, according to investigators.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated, along with Tahlequah police. Ramirez was initially booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center, but according to U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office, Ramirez is now in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.