MELBA — A Melba man could face federal charges after Canyon County Sheriffs Office deputies found a pipe bomb in his SUV.
Sheriff's Capt. Dana Maxfield said that a deputy had initially stopped to help Wade Hamilton McKinney, 22, who was broken down on the side of Idaho Highway 45 near Melba Thursday evening.
When the deputy checked McKinneys identification, it became clear that the man was driving on a suspended license, Maxfield said.
The deputy placed McKinney under arrest, before asking if he had any drugs or illegal items in the SUV.
We do whats called search talk, Maxfield said. Part of that is we ask if theres anything in the vehicle we need to be aware of. When the deputy asked that, [McKinney] said he had a pipe bomb with no fuse in the vehicle.
A bomb technician from the Nampa Police Department retrieved the explosive device, which Maxfield said will be destroyed.
McKinney reportedly told deputies that he had planned to take the pipe bomb out into the desert and detonate it with friends.
He was booked into the Canyon County Jail on a count of possession of an explosive device. McKinney was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without privileges.
Maxfield said the case was being sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives which would review it and could levy addition federal charges against McKinney.
It was not immediately clear if the suspect had created the bomb himself, Maxfield said.