EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND Deputies Find Explosive Device, Drugs And Guns During Disturbance Call
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Mar. 16, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 10:21 PM EDT
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, Mason County
, West Virginia
Five people are in police custody, after investigators said they found drugs, guns and an explosive device during a disturbance call.
The arrests took place Saturday afternoon on Keister Road near Ashton, in Mason County, after deputies responded to a complaint and discovered drugs.
Once inside the home, police said they found more drugs and a bomb-like device rigged on the door of the garage.
Sheriff Greg Powers said the bomb was used as boobie trap for security.
A bomb squad was called in to disarm the device. There was also a baby inside the home, who is now with Child Protective Services.
Neighbors in the area watched the arrest unfold.
“It scares you,” Charlotte Richardson said. “It really does, because I didn't know it."
Joshua Smith, Matthew Gibbs, Krista Aeiker, and Michael Mays, all of Ashton, and John Cornell, of Apple Grove, were arrested and each charged with child abuse and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.
The sheriff said one of the male suspects is also charged with possession of a destructive device.
This isn't the first time deputies have responded to this house for a complaint.
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