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W. Idaho Man Arrested with Pipe Bomb in Trunk

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MELBA, Idaho (AP) — A man from rural southwest Idaho was arrested on drug and explosives charges after telling officers he had a pipe bomb in his trunk. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that Wade H. McKinney was booked into jail on Caldwell on suspicion of possession of an explosive device, driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 4, the 22-year-old McKinney’s car was stopped on State Highway 45 near Melba. A deputy stopped to provide assistance. McKinney was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license, after which deputies asked him if there were any illegal items in the car. McKinney told them he had a pipe bomb and was planning on detonating it in the desert. Authorities say they don’t think there was any direct public threat.

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