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Grenades, guns and drugs found in car parked near Covington police station

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Posted at 5:55 AM, Apr 08, 2022

COVINGTON, Ky. — The Cincinnati bomb squad was called to Covington on Thursday night, where police said they found a vehicle parked on a road with explosives and guns inside.

Covington police said at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night, officers on patrol "observed suspicious activity" at an address on Donaldson Avenue. When officers approached a vehicle parked outside the home, they saw what they suspected were narcotics in plain sight inside, Covington police said.

One person inside the car was asked to get out and police searched the vehicle.

Inside, police said they found two handguns, a suppressed AR pistol, a large quantity of suspected marijuana and approximately an ounce of suspected methamphetamine. During the search, officers said they also found a canister that contained explosive devices.

The Cincinnati bomb squad was called and helped with securing the devices Covington police believed were explosive.

Police said the items were discovered to be one fragmentation grenade, one smoke grenade, one hand grenade simulator, one trip flare, two riot control CS gas grenades and one multi-purpose firing device, or initiating switch. The ATF responded to assist with the investigation.

"ATF is assisting Covington Police Department with an investigation involving unlawful possession of firearms and explosive devices, including grenades," said Shawn Morrow, ATF special agent in charge of the Louisville Division, in a press release. "This case is especially concerning given the potential for destruction in our community. With our partners at the Covington Police Department, we will continue to ensure the public is safe and those responsible will be held accountable under the law."

Police arrested 39-year-old Andrew Oliver. He has been charged with one count of trafficking marijuana, one count of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal possession of destructive device or booby trap device.

Covington Police also said two outstanding warrants for Oliver's arrest were served, which includes charges of burglary and theft. He is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center.