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