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Homemade explosive found during drug bust in Rogers County

Posted at 6:44 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 06:33:54-05

CHELSEA, Okla. -- After a tip last month, the Rogers County narcotics division began tracking sales of pseudophedrine, and tied it to six individuals from Chelsea who bought more than 200 boxes over the last three years.

When they arrived at one house they found at least ten devices used to make methamphetamine. Deputies made arrests at three other properties in connection.

While searching the area the Rogers County THUG task force also found what they believed to be an improvised explosive device. The sheriff said soon after they evacuated four children from a connecting property, ranging in age from 7 to 15.

"The mere thought of a child living in a dope house where explosives are kept, with the mentalities of the people around those products should scare anybody," Sheriff Scott Walton said.

The Tulsa bomb squad and ATF helped Rogers County deputies detonate the device at the property, and the children were taken in DHS custody.

The six suspects face a range of charges, from drug manufacturing and possession to child and animal neglect. Those tied to the improvised explosive device could face federal charges.

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