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TBI arrests and charges man accused of making explosive device

BUCHANAN – Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, in cooperation with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arrested and charged a Henry County man accused of manufacturing an explosive device.

At the request of 24th Judicial District Attorney General Neil Thompson, TBI agents joined the investigation into the device, which was discovered Wednesday morning when officers responded to a 911 call from Robby Basham (born 9/1/1970), who said he was suffering from a drug overdose. After emergency responders took Basham to medical treatment, officers found a PVC pipe with black wires attached to it on the porch of the home.

Agents soon notified explosives teams from the Jackson Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol, who secured the scene and defused the explosive device. Authorities later determined that it contained tannerite and several nails, and after obtaining a search warrant for the home, they found additional components that could be used to make similar explosive devices.

This afternoon, agents arrested Basham and charged him with possession of prohibited weapons – explosive devices. At the time of his release, he remained in the custody of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on $1 million bail.

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