Robert Estis Jr., 37, was arrested after multiple weapons and evidence of drugs were found at a Trussville home during a raid. (Trussville Police)
By Carol Robinson | [email protected]
A raid at a Trussvile home turned up a hand grenade, an arsenal of weapons and drug paraphernalia.
Trussville police on Wednesday carried out a drug search warrant at a home in the 4700 block of Boulder Drive. As they cleared the residence, they saw what appeared to be a hand grenade inside a closet, along with multiple guns, said Det. Ben Short.
Officers left the home, and called in the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Short said ATF quickly arrived on scene and determined that the grenade was not real and posed no danger.
Trussville investigators continued to search the residence and found substances that tested positive for the presence of meth and heroin.
During the search, authorities also found components used in the making of an explosive device to include aerial shells and a blasting cap. Fully-automatic weapons, homemade firearms, firearms with obstructed or no serial numbers, suppressors, and a wide array of drug paraphernalia were also discovered inside of the home.
Police charged Robert Estis Jr., 37, with possession of a destructive device, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of an altered firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $321,000.
Short said the investigation is ongoing.