Squad diffuses pipe bomb found in Angelina Co. drug raid

Jimmy Jones mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Jimmy Jones mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
James Howard mug shot courtesy of Harris County Jail.
James Howard mug shot courtesy of Harris County Jail.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It was supposed to be a routine drug arrest. Angelina County Sheriff's Deputies were tipped off by complaints of drug traffic in their neighborhood.  The suspect claimed he was only growing squash, but deputies say they found a lot more than that.

Deputies say they discovered a pipe bomb while serving the drug warrant at a residence off of State Highway 103 West.

Lt. Pete Cooper said the device was found in a back bedroom in a small trailer located on the same property as a residential trailer.

Officials with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed the device was a bomb. Around 12:30 p.m., a military bomb squad from Louisiana began diffusing it behind one of the trailers. It took three different explosions to diffuse it.

Deputies have arrested Jimmy Carell Jones, 52. Cooper said deputies found about 20 small marijuana plants, a half-pound of marijuana and prescription pills while serving the warrant. He is being charged with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and delivery of a controlled substance.

Deputies also found a rifle in Jones' home, which is illegal since Jones is a convicted felon.

Deputies also detained James Alan Howard, 53, who Cooper said was in the residence with the bomb. He was later released.

Jim Parker of ATF said they were going to question Jones about the bomb. Sgt. Allen Hill said Howard and Jones are considered persons of interest in regards to the bomb.

"I don't know nothing about it," Howard said, in reference to the pipe bomb.

One neighbor said he was shocked at the development.

"I've known Jimmy for a while," Mario Gonzales said. "He's always been into arms and stuff like that . He was in Vietnam. He's a smart guy."

Gonzales is relieved ATF found the bomb, before the unthinkable happened.

"If they would have been back there trying to experiment with it, it could have went off and probably took the back of the house off," Gonzales said. "I'm glad they found it over there before they really started experimenting with it."

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