Deputies arrest Berry Creek woman after finding manufactured explosives & guns

The bomb squad and detectives are both working this investigation and they anticipate making additional arrests.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 8:34 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office arrested a Berry Creek woman after an explosion went off in her home and detectives found guns, ammunition, explosives and drugs.

Officials were called to a home on Leaf Lane on March 19 for an explosion and say they found 26-year-old Nicholas West with injuries on his hands and legs.

Deputies say they determined explosives had been manufactured in the home and decided to evacuate the area, as they called in life-flight for West.

With a search warrant, the county's bomb squad said they responded to the home and found pieces of explosive devices, both yet to be pieced together and detonated.

After the bomb squad determined the residence was safe to enter, detectives, deputies and the bomb squad searched the home and found more pieces for manufacturing explosives.

Deputies say they also found 20 firearms (four of the firearms were illegal assault weapons), ammunition, psilocybin mushrooms, and large quantities of controlled narcotic medications.

55-year-old Elizabeth Ellis was arrested for possession of illegal assault weapons, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of an explosive device, and possession of materials necessary to make an explosive device.

The bomb squad and detectives are both working this investigation and they anticipate making additional arrests.

Deputies say based on the initial investigation, they believe West was attempting to manipulate an explosive device he manufactured when the explosion occurred.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detectives Joe Hooks or Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.

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