The Placer County sheriff’s bomb squad safely disabled a booby trap made from a rat trap, a shotgun shell and fishing line found during a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office search for illegal weapons.
Nevada County sheriff’s investigators also found a large number of firearms, ammunition, marijuana and a butane honey oil lab at Daniel Meinke’s residence in the 19000 block of Purdon Road north of Nevada City. The booby trap, found and disabled Thursday, was likely assembled following directions from an Army field manual “Boobytraps” also found on the property.
The device was not active when the officers found it.
“Basically, it was a shotgun shell, in my understanding, cut into a rat trap,” said Capt. Jeff Pettitt with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, “with an initiating device that would fire when the trap was sprung.”
The trap would be triggered by fishing line strung between the trees, but the trap was pulled back in such a way that it wouldn’t fire. This is a common type of booby trap, he said.
“This type of setup has been found at marijuana gardens for years,” Pettitt said.
Meinke is a convicted felon and prohibited from owning firearms. It was believed that he had a large number of firearms, possibly including state-prohibited weapons.
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