GATESVILLE (May 6, 2014) A Gatesville-area man was held Tuesday in the Coryell County Jail charged with possession of explosive devices that deputies found inside a home while serving a search warrant.
Dennis Biggs, 35, was ordered held on bonds totaling $175,000, charged with possession of components of an explosive device, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Coryell County warrants and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone on a Hamilton County warrant, Coryell County online jail records showed.
Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd said the grand jury issued the indictments based upon a search of a house at 204 Farm-to-Market Road 116, just south of Gatesville, during which deputies found an M-800 (M-21) Artillery Simulator and a Type G-1 hand grenade.
Boyd said deputies went to the house after they received information that a person living there, who was a 5-time convicted felon, had several firearms in his possession.
Deputies found a woman there who gave them consent to search the house.
During the search the deputies found several firearms and two explosive devices, Boyd said.
The deputies called a Fort Hood Explosives Ordnance Disposal team who verified the devices were armed and could detonate.
The EOD team took the items from the house into Fort Hood where they later were detonated, Boyd said.
The sheriff's office turned the information about the explosives over to Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents for further investigation aimed at trying to find out how they were obtained.
Biggs has previously been convicted of two counts of forgery of a financial instrument, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Boyd said.