CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Four of the six Explo employees indicted last week have surrendered to Louisiana State Police at Camp Minden.
The six employees and managers were indicted, along with Explo Systems, Inc. itself, by a Webster Parish grand jury on June 10 for their alleged role in improperly storing millions of pounds of a military propellant at Camp Minden.
Warrants for the arrests of the employees were issued in the days following the indictments, which were sealed so that the individuals charged at the time were not made public.
On Tuesday afternoon, Michael Kile, Lionel Koons, David Smith and Todd Dietrich turned themselves in at the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on Camp Minden. There is no word on whether the other two employees or managers indicted have turned themselves in or have plans to do so.
Smith is listed as Explo's Director, Secretary/Treasurer on the Louisiana Secretary of State's online registry of corporations.
The charges they face include unlawful storage of explosives, reckless storage of explosives, failure to obtain magazine license, failure to properly mark, explosive material, and failure to keep accurate inventory. There are also conspiracy charges for each of those, since more than two people were allegedly involved.
It's the latest development in the criminal side of the state's case against Explo. The arrests come after an eight-month investigation into the explosives recycling company's handling of tons of military propellant at Camp Minden. Authorities say it was improperly stored, prompting an evacuation of the town of Doyline last year.
The indictments came three days after Explo filed suit against the Louisiana State Police to get their licenses and keys to the storage magazines back, claiming their constitutional right against unreasonable seizure and taking without just compensation were violated.
The company won a temporary restraining order. A hearing to determine whether that injunction will be made permanent is set for July 23.