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Booby trap halts property search in rural Nevada County

Booklet found on Nevada County property
Booklet found on Nevada County property Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

Nevada County authorities have put a property search on hold after discovering what they believe is a booby trap.

A Placer County bomb squad has been called in to investigate the device.

Law enforcement armed with a search warrant early Thursday morning went to the home of Daniel Meinke, 54, in the 19000 block of Purdon Road in rural Nevada County north of Nevada City.

It was believed that Meinke possessed a large number of weapons, according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office press release. Meinke, a convicted felon, was prohibited from having firearms.

Authorities found a large number of firearms, ammunition, a drug lab and a book titled, “Booby Traps.” They also found what appeared to be a homemade explosive device in a tree.

That prompted the call to the bomb squad.

Meinke was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of weapons, manufacturing a controlled substance and other charges.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.