Arvin High School security supervisor made and shipped explosives

The campus security advisor faces years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

A high school campus security supervisor in Bakersfield pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to engage in manufacturing and dealing in explosive materials and mailing explosive devices. 

U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced the guilty plea by Angelo Jackson Mendiver, 27, who worked at Arvin High School. 


The big picture: Court documents show that Mendiver used an Instagram account to sell explosives and explosive materials and worked closely with a male student. 

  • They worked together to fulfill transactions and send explosives by mail to people in other states. 
  • Federal authorities seized around 500 pounds of explosives and explosive materials at Mendiver’s residence on June 1. 
  • They also found another 500 pounds at the student’s residence. 
  • In one message, Mendiver sent a photo of titanium salute, an explosive device, followed by two videos he took of homemade explosive devices. 
  • Mendiver also made the statement that “homemade kills all consumer” to the student. 
  • The FBI and the Bakersfield Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar is the prosecutor. 

What we’re watching: Mendiver will be sentenced on April 1, 2024, and faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

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