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Danville man charged after police say explosive devices, drug paraphernalia found in mobile home

Union Leader Correspondent

February 23. 2016 5:04PM

Mathew Starble (Rockingham County Sheriff's Department)

DANVILLE —A Danville man is facing charges after a search of a mobile home in the Cotton Farms community allegedly uncovered several items associated with the manufacturing of illegal drugs and explosives.

Mathew Starble, 32, was arrested after an investigating that began Monday afternoon when police received a report from a homeowner in the park that he was allegedly using a chemistry set to make methamphetamines in a shed on the property at 8 Wesley St.

The Rockingham County Drug Task Force was called in to investigate with assistance from Danville police and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Drug Lab Team.

According to Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Hureau, several items and chemicals were found during a search of the property that are consistent with the making of illegal narcotics.

He described the chemicals as “serious” and more than just drug paraphernalia.

Investigators found chemicals and other components that could be used to make explosives and explosive devices.

Starble was charged with possession of a controlled drug and two felony counts of possession of an infernal machine. He is accused of possessing a glass smoking stem and hypodermic needle with residue along with two explosive devices.

Hureau said investigators aren’t sure at this point what Starble may have been planning to do with the alleged explosive materials.

Hureau said that initial concerns related to chemicals that could be used in a meth lab, but said a further examination showed there were other chemicals that were more “explosive type.”

The State Police Bomb Squad also responded to the scene.

Members of State Police and deputies from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department secured the home and shed until a thorough search could be conducted.

Hureau said drug paraphernalia and explosive chemicals were found after a search warrant was issued.

Authorities determined that there was no immediate threat to neighbors.

“Upon examination of the type of chemicals that were there and the status of them, we determined it was not necessary to evacuate the area so the State Police took over,” Hureau said.

Investigators spent the day Tuesday examining chemicals and removing possible evidence from the property.

Police Chief Wade Parsons said items were recovered from the home and the shed.

According to Parsons, police have dealt with Starble on “other issues” in the past, but he added, “This was something new for us though regarding this type of activity.”

Parsons said Starble lives at the home with his mother and a sibling.

Starble remains held at the Rockingham County jail after he was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held on $50,000 cash bail.

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