Jerry Drake Varnell was looking forward to destroying the entire downtown Oklahoma. Had he succeeded in his effort of detonating a massive 1,000-pound vehicle bomb in Oklahoma City, it would have created a havoc, unprecedented in recent American history.
The 23-year old Jerry Drake Varnell, in a Facebook message had proclaimed that “the time for revolution is now”. Apparently he wanted to send a message to the opponents of alt-right and White supremacists.
Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre, Oklahoma was reportedly apprehended on Saturday. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the 23-year old man was arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at BancFirst, 101 N. Broadway.
Officials have detailed how the person was planning to cause maximum destruction with his massive vehicle bomb. FBI assistant special agent in charge Raul Bujanda said that “He wanted to replicate the Oklahoma City bomb”.
Officials claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation apprehended the would be bomber, who was attempting to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van he had parked next to BancFirst. Reports suggest that initially he had planned to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C. Reports suggest that as his intentions became clear to FBI, an undercover FBI agent posed as a person who could assist him.
Official reports suggest that “Varnell was upset with the government and was seeking retaliation”. Officials also claim that the accused was in possession of firearms and desired to develop and arm a small militia.
The official report claims that when a person, allegedly an FBI agent, advised Varnell that people could be killed at the “target location,” Varnell allegedly responded, “…you got to break a couple of eggs to make an omelet.”
Investigations in Vernall’s plans began late last year. The investigation were proved to be right through surveillance, consensually recorded conversations, administrative subpoenas, and searches of public records, the complaint alleges.
A report says that earlier this year, in May, the FBI agent met him at his home in Sayre, Oklahoma. He was with a female friend and “claimed they had been on a two-day ‘dope binge’ with weed and meth,” the complaint alleged. In the course of this meeting, that was reportedly recorded, he was told that the informant had access with everything essential to make a huge bomb.
Official complaint says, that Varnell “took a series of actions to advance his plot. He identified BancFirst as the target, prepared a statement to be posted on social media after the explosion, helped assemble the device, helped load it into what he believed was a stolen van, drove the van by himself from El Reno to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City, and dialed a number on a cellular telephone that he believed would trigger the explosion.”
This man was very eager to take responsibility of the action and didn’t want terrorist groups like ISIS or Daesh taking advantage and taking responsibility of his ‘achievement’.
Varnell allegedly wrote, “I’m out for blood. When militias start getting formed I’m going after government officials when I have a team” and “I think I’m going to go with what the okc bomber used. Diesel and anhydrous ammonia,” the complaint alleged. He reportedly planned to build a huge bunker and FBI agent said arnell allegedly said he created a hidden room in a house concealed behind a bookcase and “claimed he would use this area to hide” and grow marijuana.
The complaint alleges that in another May meeting in the “bunker,” Varnell “talked about needing 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate for a bomb big enough for a five-story building.”
Thankfully, despite so much hatred and his effort to build a killer bomb, he was never close to building a real bomb. While making it very clear, the U.S. Attorney’s press release said that it was “the culmination of a long-term domestic terrorism investigation involving an undercover operation, during which Varnell had been monitored closely for months as the alleged bomb plot developed…The device was actually inert, and the public was not in danger”.
Kathryn Peterson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oklahoma says, “There was never a concern that our community’s safety or security was at risk during this investigation…I can assure the public, without hesitation, that we had Varnell’s actions monitored every step of the way.”