Bomb squad called out to Medford traffic stop
A Medford man faces felony charges after police say they found a homemade bomb during a traffic stop.
Kacey Allen Smith, 30, faces charges of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device, along with a misdemeanor charge of felon in possession of a restricted weapon after Medford police allegedly found a pipe bomb inside Smith’s vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday evening, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Medford police say they saw Smith make an improper turn in the 1100 block of Biddle Road, according to an affidavit filed in Smith’s case. Dispatchers reportedly told police that Smith’s driver’s license had been suspended since 2016 and that he had a warrant for his arrest.
During the stop, police allegedly found syringes, drug paraphernalia, a baggie of .22 caliber ammunition, a switchblade knife, a BB gun that resembled a sawed-off pump action shotgun, and a “very significant” amount of vehicle keys and key fobs.
Smith told police the vehicle keys were for his work.
The item that drew the Oregon State Police bomb squad to the scene, however, was reportedly a pipe bomb found inside a lock box inside the vehicle.
“The pipe bomb appeared to be sealed on both ends with a fuse out of the middle,” according to the affidavit filed by Medford police. “It was wrapped in tape which had small BB pellets stuck in the tape.”
Smith allegedly admitted to police he made the pipe bomb for the Fourth of July, the document says.
Smith made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday. Court records show he requested a court-appointed defense lawyer at a Tuesday hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 13.
On Tuesday, Smith was held in the Jackson County Jail without bail for a parole violation.
Records show Smith had numerous felony convictions between 2010 and 2018 that include failing to report as a sex offender, possessing methamphetamine, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, manufacturing, importing or selling a firearm or silencer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Smith also has misdemeanor convictions for contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor in 2014 and unlawfully entering a motor vehicle in 2015.