OGDEN -- An Ogden man suspected of dealing meth also faces several felony weapons charges after narcotics agents searching his home found a bag of explosives.
Paul Russell Cornwell, 29, was arrested March 17 after authorities searched his house on the 1100 block of 12th Street.
The agents had a warrant to enter after two months of surveillance on the house, where they suspected Cornwell was dealing drugs.
But during the search, authorities had to pull back and call in a bomb squad after reportedly finding three explosive devices, each about 4 inches long, and three delayed fuses with blasting caps thatSFlbhad been stuffed into a bag.
"At this point, every indication is that he did not have the legal right to possess those," said Sgt. Troy Burnett with the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
"A bomb squad from Davis County came out and took possession of the explosives."
Cornwell is charged with six felonies: three counts of possession of an incendiary device, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and one count of possession or use of a controlled substance.
He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cornwell is scheduled to be in court on those charges today.
Cornwell has hired an attorney and is not speaking to authorities about the origin of the explosives, but the investigation is ongoing.
Officials may use the serial numbers on the devices to track the source of the explosives.
Explosives are often stolen from places that use them legally, such as mines or road crews that use them to blow up boulders, Burnett said.
During the search, agents also reportedly found two handguns, a small amount of meth, scales and packaging materials, as well as money believed to have been obtained through the sale of drugs.
Burnett said agents didn't find as much drugs as they believed were in the house.
According to court documents, Cornwell also faces a charge of theft of services in an unrelated case from November. He has pleaded not guilty to that charge.
In 2007, Cornwell was charged with felony illegal use or possession of a controlled substance and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
However, court records show those charges were dropped after Cornwell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.