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June 20, 2014
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AK-47, explosive devices found in buried barrel

Narcotics detectives serving a search warrant at a Camptonville man’s residence Thursday reportedly found heroin and a marijuana garden — and a barrel buried underground containing explosive devices, black powder and an AK-47.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, along with Yuba County sheriff’s and Placer County sheriff’s deputies, and members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Evidence Recovery Team, conducted a probation search at the residence of Michael Williams in the 15000 block of Alleghany Road in Yuba County. A search warrant was also executed on a neighboring property.

The task force had developed information that Williams was possibly in possession of explosive devices, illegal firearms and narcotics, said Det. Mark Hollitz.

During the search, deputies reportedly found about a half-gram of heroin inside Williams’ home, as well as evidence that he had been manufacturing marijuana hash on his property.

Williams also had a marijuana grow on the property — 29 plants that were about 8 feet tall, Hollitz said.

During the search of the neighboring property, a 55-gallon barrel was located that was completely buried and covered with foliage. The barrel reportedly contained numerous explosive devices, including pieces of hand grenades, detonation cord, several pounds of black powder, a timed fuse igniter and one AK-47 assault rifle.

The use of an explosive/firearm-sniffing canine, as well as a narcotic-sniffing canine and metal detection by Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, was paramount to the investigation, as well as the multiagency cooperation and group effort by all involved, Hollitz said.

“The Search and Rescue evidence collection team is absolutely incredible in what they do,” he said.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics, explosive devices, an assault weapon and narcotics manufacturing and was booked into the Yuba County Jail on $500,000 bail. He was also arrested on two outstanding Nevada County warrants.

Williams will be facing charges in Yuba County, as well as probation violations in Nevada County.

He is on probation with Nevada County and has a significant criminal history in Nevada County, according to Hollitz.

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