Bomb squad responds to suspicious substance

On Monday December 4th around 3 p.m. Butte County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the area of Big Bend Road in Concow.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 2:12 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 2:12 PM

On Monday December 4th around 3 p.m. Butte County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the area of Big Bend Road in Concow.

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Deputies noticed a vehicle at a nearby trailer park that was believed to be stolen.

They conducted a check of the vehicle and found that the Toyota Tacoma was stolen out of Nevada City.

The truck was parked in front of a trailer, and inside the trailer deputies located 36 year old Paul Houk.

Deputies searched the truck and found a container with suspicious, unknown substances inside.

Deputies were concerned that it was an improvised explosive device and requested assistance from the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad, as well as the Calfire Hazmat Team.

Houk was arrested for possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and an additional charge was added at the Butte County Jail after Houk brought methamphetamine to the jail.

A deer carcass was located in the trailer as well that was illegally poached.

Additional charges of poaching and being a felon in possession of a firearm were added by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Houk was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail set at $45,000.

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