WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – A Beaufort County man is facing multiple charges after deputies found homemade explosive devices in his car last night.
Cameron Smith is charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a concealed handgun. Smith is being held without bond.
Sheriff Scott Hammonds says a deputy saw a man slumped over in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Food Lion on John Small Ave. in Washington.
During a search of the vehicle, explosives were found and the Cherry Point EOD team was called in.
Authorities are now searching the man’s home, which is off of U.S. 264.
The sheriff says Smith could be described as a “prepper”, adding that there is no threat to the community. “There’s people that believe that government would come in and interfere their way of life and this is the way they act out to protect themselves,” the sheriff said. “They have these forumated theories and they take that proactive in their mind that they are going to defend what’s theirs.”
Hammonds said they are still trying to find out if Smith is a hobbyist or a radical.
The sheriff said in the man’s SUV they found a military-style homemade grenade. ”The shape was round, looked like a ball, a tennis ball with a spoon–the trigger, all that was intact,” said Hammonds.
Also recovered was a World War I or World War II grenade. He said the SBI is still going through the man’s home and they should have a list of what has been found there later this afternoon.