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Police: Bomb squad called to Paradise after driver found with pipe bomb, drugs and machete

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Paradise Police Department

PARADISE, Calif.- The bomb squad was called to Paradise Monday night after police said a motorcyclist was found with a pipe bomb, drugs and a machete.

The incident started around 10:30 Monday night when an officer pulled over a motorcyclist at Clark and Elliott Roads.

The driver was identified as Paul Desnoyers, a 52 year old Paradise resident. Police said Desnoyers was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a dagger.

Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad was called out and the area was cordoned off. Out of caution, a nearby gas station was temporarily closed and the fuel pumps shut off. The bomb squad performed procedure to render the device safe.

Police said additional weapons were found during a search of the suspect's backpacks, including a 12 gauge flare pistol with a 12 gauge shotgun shell, multiple knives, and a large machete.

Desnoyers was booked into Butte County Jail on a series of charges including possession of explosive device, possession of firearm as a felon, possession of ammunition as a felon, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia

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