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Charges: Felon found with guns, drugs, police badge, homemade bomb

TACOMA, Wash. -- A convicted felon was arrested last week after reportedly being found in possession of drugs, guns, a police badge and a gallon of gun powder surrounded by butane bottles and topped with a fuse, or what the suspect understatedly called a "homemade firecracker."

According to charges filed Aug. 29 in Pierce County Superior Court, a Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy was on patrol Aug. 13 when he saw a car that had been reported stolen turn down a dead-end street. Of the few homes on the street, one is a trailer belonging to 39-year-old Scott Vansickle, who the deputy knew from prior contacts and who was currently under supervision by the Washington State Department of Corrections.

The deputy informed a community corrections officer of his suspicions, and a number of Department of Corrections officers decided to perform a check on Vansickle's trailer.

According to the charging documents, officers found three marijuana plants in Vansickle's bathroom during the check and immediately arrested him for investigation of violating his drug offender sentencing.

An additional search of the property reportedly turned up two AR-15 magazines, four handguns, a revolver missing its barrel, two scales, a baggie of methamphetamine, many empty baggies, a large amount of what was suspected but not confirmed to be heroin, an assault vest, a military police badge and a car trailer that had been reported stolen.

According to the charging documents, officers also found what Vansickle claimed was a "homemade firecracker" consisting of a gallon-sized water bottle filed with gun powder with butane bottles taped around it and topped by a metal cap and fuse.

Vansickle was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with possession of an incendiary device, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

He has nine previous felony convictions, including one for conspiracy to manufacture meth.

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