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PO man arrested with explosives in car

A 36-year-old Port Orchard man was charged with possession of explosives on Monday after he was pulled over with about a dozen M-1000 devices reportedly in his car, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

James Ralph Padgett appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court on Monday on one charge of illegally possessing explosive devices, a felony.

At the time, he was being held under $105,000 bail.

According to police reports, Padgett was arrested Friday night after being pulled over by a deputy on the 9000 block of West Belfair Valley Road for speeding.

According to the deputy, after discovering the suspect did not have a valid driver’s license, he arrested Padgett and began to search his car.

During the search, a second responding deputy found a backpack that contained about a dozen cylindrical tubes with fuses on the end that the deputies believed to be explosive devices.

When asked about the items, Padgett said that the backpack was not his, and it belonged to a hitchhiker whom he had recently picked up and dropped off in Gorst.

He said the hitchhiker left the bag in his car and he had no idea what was in it.

Upon further search of the vehicle, deputies located another device in the glove box. While it was different that the items found in the backpack, the deputies noted that it also appeared to be an explosive device.

Explosive ordnance technicians from both the Washington State Patrol and the KCSO were then called and responded to the scene. They later detonated the devices, verifying that they were explosives.

Padgett was then booked into Kitsap County Jail.

Deputies released the truck to the registered owner, a 30-year-old South Kitsap woman who said she was Padgett’s girlfriend and had lent him the truck. She said that neither the backpack nor the other device in the glove box were there before she loaned him the car.

According to the reports, all of the devices were collected and placed in antistatic bags then into a trailer for transport to the Discovery Bay area, where they were placed into an evidence magazine for later destruction per policy.

Once opened, a sample of the powder will be transported to the WSP Crime Lab for processing.

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