Cecil Carlton Masters

Cecil Carlton Masters

A Westmoreland duo was arrested on Aug. 29 in connection with an incident involving an explosion at a residence on Rocky Mound Road on July 17.

Cecil Carlton Masters, 35, and Mindy Marie Morgan, 33, each face multiple charges following the incident, which saw the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Bomb Squad called in to disarm a live pipe bomb.

Morgan had transported Masters to an ambulance base on the county's west side on the evening of the incident and told officials Masters had been loading shotgun shells that exploded and injured his hand.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons told the Macon County Times the next morning that there were no traces of reloaded shotgun shells at the home but that investigators did find a live pipe bomb approximately 2 inches in diameter and 8-10 inches long.

At the time of the initial investigation, Masters was unavailable for questioning, because he was recovering from his injury in a Nashville hospital.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence, where they found black powder and other items used to make pipe bombs, $65,000 in cash, more than 20 firearms, ammunition, numerous scales, drug paraphernalia and an estimated 3-5 grams of methamphetamine ready for resale.

A sealed indictment from an Aug. 5 special session of the Macon County Grand Jury also presents that some of those weapons were stolen, a .22 revolver and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

At the time of the incident, Gammons told the Times that the Macon County Sheriff's Office planned to bring Masters before a grand jury on the drug-related charges, while the state's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, who also responded to the incident) would seek federal charges related to the bomb.

Ultimately, the Macon County Grand Jury presented findings related to the bomb charges, as well as the drug- and weapons-related charges, before the two were arrested at the county level.

Masters was charged with the manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamines, prohibited weapon, possession of explosive components, two counts of theft of property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $50,000, and his court date was slated for Sept. 3.

Morgan was charged with the manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamines, prohibited weapon, possession of explosive components, two counts of theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond was set at $50,000, and her court date was also slated for Sept. 3.