LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY (6/4/12) – A joint investigation bythe Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office,Kentucky State Police, Paducah Police Department, Ft. Campbell EOD, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has led to the recovery of stolen vehicles and the destruction of dangerous ordnances.
While investigating a report of two vehicles stolen from Livingston County, Sheriff Bobby Davidson (Livingston County Sheriff) located the two stolen vehicles at a residence in Crittenden County. Sheriff Davidson observed, what appeared to be, several hand grenades on the property. Sheriff Davidson contacted Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent who obtained a search warrant for the property.
A further search of the house revealed several modified fragmentation and smoke grenades, flares, guns, ammunition, military grade bodyarmor, an 81-milimeter high explosive mortar round, as well as binary explosives. Law enforcement officials also located approximately 26 marijuana plants growing on the property.
Bomb Technicians with the Paducah Police Department and Kentucky State Police were requested to assist at the scene and disposed of the explosive material.
Further investigation led the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office to another residence located at 1079 Shelby Road, Salem, Kentucky. A search warrant was obtained and executed at that residence. During that search, officials located thousands of rounds of various ammunition, a M72 LAW (light anti-tank weapon, 66 millimeters), rocket motor and warhead, 2 claymore mines, several projectiles including, but not limited to 105 millimeter mortar rounds, dynamite, and other ordnance.
The Ft. Campbell Bomb Squad responded to the scene and after several hours, disposed of all the dangerous ordnances.
"The thought of these weapons in the wrong hands is very scary," said Sheriff Bobby Davidson. "Livingston and CrittendenCounty are both safer knowing that these devices have been properly disposed of. This is a perfect example of cooperation between several agencies to help make our communities safer." Davidson added, “I would like to sincerely thank all the agencies that assisted with this dangerous situation. Those guys responded at a moment’s notice and handled the situation professionally and more importantly, safely.” Sheriff Davidson further advised, “The investigation has just begun. Now we will focus on finding the source of where all these weapons came from.”
Information provided by Sheriff Bobby Davidson
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