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More on Mann

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A doctor arrested Tuesday on an explosives charge was interviewed by ATF agents and the State Police on Feb. 4, the day the head of the Medical Board was critically injured by a bomb in his driveway, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

Randeep Singh Mann of Russellville was taken into federal custody Wednesday after explosives found buried in a field matched explosives found in his garage.

On Tuesday, the Pope County Sheriff's Office responded to a call by London city employees who'd found buried in a plastic bag in a field a munitions canister containing 98 grenades -- 40mm HE, M406 rounds -- and an M781 practice round. The grenades were designed to be fired from an M79 or M203 grenade launcher. The location was 875 feet from Mann's home, the complaint says.

According to the complaint, Mann had shown ATF agents and the State Police an M203 grenade launcher that he legally owned during an interview "in regards to a separate investigation" Feb. 4. State Police issued a search warrant Wednesday and found more military canisters, 45 practice rounds, and two more grenade launchers. The ammunition was wrapped in plastic material similar to the ammunition found in the field.

Agents also found 110 fully automatic machine guns they valued at more than $1 million. Agents could not determine registration on 17 of the guns. Mann does not have M406 destructive devices registered. The charge against him is possession of unregistered firearms.

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According to the complaint, Mann had shown ATF agents and the State Police an M203 grenade launcher that he legally owned during an interview "in regards to a separate investigation" Feb. 4. State Police issued a search warrant Wednesday and found more military canisters, 45 practice rounds, and two more grenade launchers in a garage attached to Mann's house. The ammunition was wrapped in plastic material similar to the ammunition found in the field.

Agents also found 110 fully automatic machine guns they valued at more than $1 million. Agents could not determine registration on 17 of the guns. Mann does not have M406 destructive devices registered. The charge against him is possession of unregistered firearms.

Mann has a history of problems before the medical board for overprescribing pain medications to patients -- investigators linked eight deaths to Dr. Mann, though he said not all of them were his patients -- and prescribing methadone without the proper clinical license. His DEA license was revoked in 2003 for one year and in 2006 for an indefinite period and his efforts to get the license restored have been unsuccessful.

At a hearing before the board in 2003, when the board revoked Mann's license for prescribing methadone, Pierce was the only doctor to vote against the stay, predicting the board would be seeing Mann again. In 2007, when Mann went before the board seeking reinstatement of his DEA license, Pierce was quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as telling Mann not to bother seeking reinstatement of the DEA license "in any forseeable time frame ... because you don't need one, doctor." 

Mann is scheduled to appear before the board again in June. 

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