Siloam Springs man arrested
SILOAM SPRINGS —A man was arrested recently after police found what they believed was a pipe bomb and drugs.
Curtis Harris, 28, of Siloam Springs, was arrested in connection with felony criminal possession of explosives, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after detectives allegedly found a pipe bomb, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in his home.
Detectives from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office visited Harris’ home on Phelps Drive after Phelps reported a gun stolen. Pawn records showed Harris pawned the gun then reported it stolen, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Harris initially declined to show detectives where he kept the missing gun, explaining he didn’t want to get in trouble for fireworks his friends had given him that looked like a pipe bomb. Harris eventually agreed and showed them the device, which detectives said was “clearly a pipe bomb” in the affidavit.
As the detectives were looking at the bomb, a syringe fell on the floor directly in front of them, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Harris told the detectives he wanted the bomb disposed of and everyone was cleared from the house for their safety. Harris refused to tell detectives who gave him the pipe bomb, explaining he didn’t want to get them in trouble, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Bentonville’s Bomb Squad rendered the bomb safe. A search of the house revealed multiple syringes, a baggie, glass smoking pipe and a baggie of methamphetamine according to the probable cause affidavit.
He was released from jail on a $50,000 bond.