An Arkansas man faces several felony charges after authorities found 16 pipe bombs in his possession, ArkansasOnline reports.
James Patrick Huff, 47, of Pulaski County, was booked Monday afternoon after the sheriff’s office and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives discovered 14 pipe bombs in an ammunition crate that was buried in the suspect’s yard and two at his ex-girlfriend’s home.
Lt. Cody Burk, a spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, said the bombs appear homemade. “It’s really rare that we come across any type of pipe bombs,” Burk said.
The Sheriff’s Office also said that Huff confessed to possessing and handling the bombs as well as having buried 50 bombs in the yard of his home. He was charged with 16 counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count for each homemade explosive police said they recovered.
Court documents show Huff has a history of drug-related crimes going back to 2004, with his most recent arrest came in September 2017 after cops said they found meth and a smoking pipe in his pocket during a traffic stop.
Huff’s mother, who asked not to be identified by name, claims the pipe bombs belonged to her late husband, who made them amid fear that President Barack Obama would declare martial law. “I blame the government,” she said. “They come on TV with, ‘Obama’s going to do martial law and Obama’s helping ISIS’ and all this bulls**t. What’s people to think?”