Saturday, 2:15 PM
Marine pleads not guilty to charges of bringing gun on plane
By David Abel, Globe Staff
Standing ramrod straight in his Marine Corps service uniform, Corporal Justin W. Reed pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he illegally smuggled a semiautomatic handgun and a raft of bomb-making materials onto a Boston-bound plane Sunday.
A judge in East Boston District Court ordered the 22-year-old, who was traveling from a military base in California where he taught an urban warfare course to his home in Jacksonville, N.C., held on $2,500 cash bail.
During a layover at Logan International Airport Sunday morning, federal baggage screeners going through his military-style backpack found a semiautomatic handgun, a fully loaded gun magazine, a grenade fuse and detonator, and model rocket engines containing explosive mixtures. The bag had been checked without incident at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
He was arrested on charges of possessing an infernal machine and attempting to put an explosive device on an aircraft.
Neither his relatives nor his lawyer would answer questions in court this morning.
Reed was traveling to North Carolina to surprise his wife for their second anniversary and see their 1-year-old boy, his mother told the Globe. He travels frequently between California and Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he is based, she said.
His baggage also contained a fully loaded gun magazine; several boxes of 9mm and 7.62mm ammunition; three model rocket engines containing an explosive mixture; military fuses; electronics kit boxes with various components; and a hand grenade fuse assembly with detonator, federal officials said.
Reed arrived in Boston at 7 a.m. Sunday and was scheduled to board an 8 a.m. US Airways flight to Charlotte, with a final destination of Norfolk, Va.