Buckley Man Arrested With Bomb, Firearms, Drugs in Blair Township

A Buckley man was arrested with a bomb and firearms after conducting a drug deal in Blair Township, according to Michigan State Police.

On Sept. 28, troopers from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post saw two vehicles in a parking lot on Vance Road doing what they believed was a drug transaction. A passenger in one of the vehicles, a Ford F-150 was Vincent Kelly, 33.

Trooper recognized Kelly as an absconder on felony probation who had a warrant for his arrest. After the truck left the parking lot, troopers were able to stop it on M-37. There were four people in the truck including Kelly, but Kelly was the only one placed under arrest. According to MSP, the other three people in the truck were interviewed and later released.

When troopers searched Kelly they found empty baggies containing traces of a white powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, suboxone strips, a small blue straw and a homemade explosive device with a fuse. Troopers took the truck to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office evidence garage and when they searched through it they found a 9mm handgun, ammunition and brass knuckles where Kelly was sitting. A short barrel shotgun was also found in the bed of the truck.

Kelly was arraigned on one count delivery manufacture methamphetamine, one count felony firearms and one count possession short barreled shotgun. MSP says he was given a $10,000 10% cash surety bond. They also say more charges are expected to be authorized by the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office and the case will remain under investigation.

The MSP Bomb Squad was able to take the explosive device, and detonate it at a safe location. Troopers says they were unable to obtain any other identifying information on the other vehicle, a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was also in the parking lot.