An Edinburg man accused of selling explosives to an undercover agent last week was arrested Tuesday following a search of his residence by multiple agencies.
Paul Wayne Shell, 52, of the 2600 block of Ritenour Road, Edinburg, faces a felony charge of selling explosives and a felony charge of possessing ammunition as a felon. He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said the investigation began when Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Loving received information on Aug. 27 that Shell wanted to sell explosives. Ferguson said his office along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office made a purchase of several explosive items on Aug. 29 using an undercover agent.
“The explosives that were recovered would have done damage to a person or structure depending on how it was utilized,” Ferguson said.
He said that Shell believed he was selling the explosives to a member of an area motorcycle gang. Ferguson declined to name the motorcycle gang.
Shell made statements that he knew where Virginia State Police regularly train and that the explosives could do some damage, Ferguson said.
Ferguson said the explosives were not homemade devices.
“We worked hard to put this arrest in place before anyone got hurt,” he said.
On Tuesday, the Fire Marshal's Office, the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, the ATF, the state police, the Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office and Shenandoah Probation and Parole conducted a probation search of Shell's trailer in Edinburg and he was then arrested.
Shell is also charged with a probation violation, according to RSW Regional Jail records.
Shell has a prior criminal record that includes a conviction of receiving stolen firearms, and receiving stolen goods, according to court records. He is on probation or parole for three years, according to court records.
Shell appeared Wednesday before Judge Rachel Figura, who ordered that Shell remain in jail without bond. Figura also approved Shell’s request for the appointment of a lawyer. Court records show Shell is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.