TAFT — A pair wandering the streets of Taft were arrested in late February after deputies found drugs and a homemade explosive device in their possession.
Barry Montgomery, a 33-year old Ford City resident, and 21-year-old Bakersfield resident Shanea Harrison were booked into the Taft City Jail for possession of an explosive device on a public street, possession of an explosive device in a residence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of an opiate and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a deputy spotted the pair walking down Grevillea Street in Taft in the morning of February 21. Montgomery, who was carrying two rifles at the time, was also found to be packing two machetes when deputies stopped and searched him.
Meanwhile, Harrison, who was also detained, was found to be in possession of a homemade pipe bomb and cigarette lighter, which deputies said they discovered hidden in one of her pants pockets. They said that Harrison also had 20 codeine pills and two hypodermic syringes inside the backpack she was carrying.
Additional drugs and explosive devices were discovered later that day at Montgomery’s home, just around the corner from Grevillea at 613 Buchanan Street, including a grenade, approximately .3 grams of methamphetamine and a meth pipe.
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