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Cartersville Man arrested for explosive device in vehicle

January 27th, 2023 – 11:36 AM

WRGA Staff Reports –

(Photo by WBHF Radio)

The following is an update from the Cartersville Police Department:

Contact was made with Richard Bailey following an accident investigation in the area of N. Erwin Street. Mr. Bailey was determined to be under the influence of drugs and taken into custody. Following his arrest, a search of his vehicle was conducted.

A small suspected explosive device was located in the trunk of the vehicle. The area around the vehicle was secured, and the roads were closed. The G.B.I. was contacted to investigate the device. After the G.B.I. arrived on the scene, they confirmed the device to be explosive. The device was rendered inoperable without incident.

Richard Kenneth Bailey of Cartersville has been taken into custody and is being housed at the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Bailey is charged with the following: Criminal Possession of an Explosive Device, DUI-Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substances, Drugs to be kept in an Original Container, and Possession of Methamphetamine by Ingestion.

Previously reported:

At around 8:10 a.m., officers responded to a wreck on North Erwin Street near Cassville Road.

The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

During a search of the vehicle, a possible explosive device was located and the GBI was contacted.