Wash. Co. officials arrest man after explosives investigation

WASHINGTON COUNTY (WITI) -- Washington County Sheriff's officials arrested a 22-year-old man in the Town of Farmington on Friday, April 5th for manufacturing improvised explosives. Then, the Washington County Drug Unit executed a search warrant on the man's home in the 1200 block of Lakeview Road.

In addition to the explosives charge, several other charges were developed as a result of the search warrant. On April 8th, the suspect was charged in Washington County Circuit Court with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place, as well as possession of an improvised explosive device.

As a result of the investigation the Washington County Drug Unit seized 986 grams (approximately two pounds) of high grade marijuana, two firearms, $10,892 in cash, a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck, and a 2006 Yamaha ATV.  Materials for making pipe bombs including pipes with end caps and powder were seized but no live devices were located at the home.

The value of the two pounds of marijuana would be approximately $9,000. Officials say additional charges related to the weapons are likely.

The 22-year-old man who was arrested is not the owner of the home. The homeowners are not expected to be charged with any crime in relation to this investigation.