Eighteen-year-old Erik Harris of Gold Beach was found to be carrying three improvised explosive devices after sheriff’s deputies pulled him over Wednesday afternoon for driving an unlicensed, non-street-legal motorcycle.
According to Sheriff Lt. John Ward, the youth was stopped near Motel 6 on Jerry’s Flat Road and taken into custody at the request of his probation officer for an unrelated probation violation. Officers searched his Harris’ backpack and found three small homemade pipe bombs inside. The Oregon State Police were contacted and a bomb technician from Medford seized the items.
Harris was lodged in the Curry County Jail for a probation violation and three counts of possession of a destructive device.
The Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police will continue the investigation.
Harris was arraigned on felony possession of a methamphetamine and second-degree criminal trespassing charges in October.