Bomb squad called to detonate homemade explosive

A BOMB squad has been called to Bundaberg to detonate a homemade explosive found inside the home of an alleged drug trafficker.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said a 33-year-old Millbank man was intercepted near Ayr, about 80km south of Townsville, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"During the search of the vehicle, officers located what appeared to be a substantial amount of methylamphetamine, $12,500 in cash and associated drug utensils," he said.

Det Snr Sgt said the man was allegedly in possession of about 100g of methylamphetamine.

He was charged with one count each of drug trafficking, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, possess drug utensils or pipes, and possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of a crime.

"As a result, Bundaberg detectives continued investigations and a search warrant was executed at the man's Warrell St residence, where a quantity of methylamphetamine was allegedly located in the caravan at the rear of the property," he said.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said also allegedly found in the caravan was a 20-30cm "pipe bomb".

"The bomb squad were called up from Brisbane to inspect the explosive and dispose of it," he said.

"They detonated the bomb in a vacant field outside of Bundaberg on Wednesday night."

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said a further search warrant was carried out at a storage shed believed to belong to the alleged drug trafficker.

He said two locked safes were found but, when they were unlocked, detectives found no items of value.

"Investigations are continuing," he said.

The man was due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court yesterday to answer to the six charges.



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