HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Tips from concerned citizens led to the search of a home in Hutto that turned up drugs and explosives, along with 21 rifles and handguns.
Hutto police, which only recently created a Street Crime Unit, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 4 grams of methamphetamine and 6.5 grams of cocaine when they executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Pecan Street — next to Farm to Market 1660 — around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
Of the firearms investigators found, one had been reported stolen in Wisconsin in 1999. Hutto Chief of Police Byron Frankland said the other 20 weapons did not come back stolen.
“One of the things that was most frightening was when the officers made entry – they found a lot of weapons,” said Frankland during a news conference Thursday afternoon. “We found a lot of explosive devices, there were some pipe bombs, an illegal still – where they were distilling liquor.”
Several of the weapons were staged throughout the home in a “defensive posture,” according to a news release. However, Frankland said there is no indication anything was being planned.
“A lot of narcotics dealers, nowadays, they typically have some sort of plan should law enforcement come in and force entry on a search warrant. Most of them try to thwart our efforts, that’s why we reached out to [Williamson County] SWAT,” added Frankland.
The investigation into the home on Pecan Street started back in the spring when Frankland took over as the police chief. He said at one of the very first city council meetings he attended, people who live in the neighborhood told him about the possibility of illicit activity at the home due to unusual foot and vehicle traffic at all hours of the night.
“We have made Hutto safer today,” said Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who also added that his department’s SWAT team is now a full-time unit.
Two people were arrested on charges of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, and other charges could be pending.