Three "destructive devices" - including two makeshift grenades and an improvised explosive device (IED)- were recovered by Whatcom County sheriff's deputies at a home in Bellingham Tuesday.
Deputies served a search warrant at the home of Robert Chase in the 2600 block of Cagey Road Wednesday morning. Chase had previously been arrested in March on a Firearms and Assault charges from a drive-by shooting in Bellingham. A follow-up investigation led detectives to believe he had more materials and tools on the property to assemble fully automatic firearms and homemade explosive devices.
Several law enforcement agencies served a search warrant Tuesday morning. During that time, the three "destructive devices" were discovered. Two of the devices are described as makeshift grenades, and one was a dual-triggered improvised explosive device (IED).
Explosive technicians dismantled the makeshift grenades, and the improvised explosive device was destroyed at the premises by bomb technicians.
During a search of the property, two rifles, a handgun parts and tools in the assembling of fully automatic firearms, materials associated with assembling of fireworks or explosives, and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered.
State and federal charges are being reviewed against Mr. Chase, a convicted felon. He remains in custody at the Whatcom County Jail related to the drive-by shooting investigation.