Charges laid after explosives found in Agnes Water
A 37-YEAR-OLD Agnes Water man has been charged with a number of offences including producing and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of explosives and storing explosives.
Specialised police worked into the early hours of yesterday morning to destroy a number of homemade explosive devices allegedly found inside the Countess Russell Cr property on Wednesday.
Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said Gladstone police executed the warrant in relation to drugs about 11.30am and allegedly found the explosive devices in addition to a quantity of drugs.
"Police located a number of cannabis plants, dry cannabis and drug paraphernalia," he said.
"During the search, a number of home-made explosive devices were also located and as a result the house was evacuated."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said police worked quickly to make the area safe.
"They have then called in special police trained to detect and destroy explosive devices," he said.
"The devices were X-rayed and it was determined they were explosive and all the devices were destroyed at the scene."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the accused man was not home at the time the search warrant was executed but he was found by Gladstone detectives at his place of work, where he was arrested and charged.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said after interviewing the man they were confident he had no intention of causing harm to the community and had planned to use the devices for fun by throwing them into a fire at some stage.
"Anyone considering using explosives, even in a larrikin way, the potential for it to go bad is extremely high," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
"Police take these matters very seriously and anyone found in possession will be charged to the full extent."
The man was released on bail and is scheduled to appear before the Gladstone Magistrates Court on October 28.
Anyone with information which could help with this matter is asked to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.