Marijuana and pipe bombs land Clay Co. man behind bars

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested Monday after police find marijuana and pipe bombs on his property.

Indiana State Police officers executed a search warrant for a Clay Co. residence after troopers conducting a flyover of the property located ten marijuana plants.

During a search of the property officers found items commonly used in the cultivation of marijuana, approximately 140 grams of suspected marijuana, multiple rounds of ammunition, numerous firearms, five homemade plastic “pipe bombs”, a “cricket” which is an explosive device made from a CO2 cartridge, a stolen Polaris all terrain vehicle, and a harvested deer taken out of season.

The pipe bombs were rendered safe at the scene by ISP Explosive Ordnance Disposal units. The harvested deer was confiscated by Indiana Conservation Officers for their investigation into wildlife violations.

Steven A. Smith, 49, of Cory, IN was charged with a number of felonies, including Possession of Destructive Device, Cultivating Marijuana (over 30 grams), Possession of Marijuana (over 30 grams) and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.