A pipe bomb was confiscated and two people arrested after a routine traffic stop in West Houston on Wednesday afternoon, according to Harris County Constable Precinct 5
William Owens, 35, and Morgan Hesser, 36, were pulled over for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of Eldridge Parkway at 4:30 p.m.
A crude homemade copper pipe bomb was found inside Owens’ bag.
Precinct 5 deputies also found crystal meth, marijuana and an illegal firearm inside the vehicle.
HPD’s Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the scene, safely taking custody of the device, which appeared to be packed with gunpowder.
Owens has been charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges.
Hesser has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and and unlawfully carrying a weapon, also felony charges.