Probe into firehouse bombs led to Dudley duo, cops say

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A man and woman from Dudley are facing multiple weapons of mass destruction charges after an investigation into bombs left at the fire department led to their door.

Monica Lynn Hunt, 39, and Corey Bernard Manuel, 36, both of 102 Antonio Drive, were arrested Aug. 12 and charged with one count each of possessing a weapon of mass death and destruction, manufacturing a weapon of mass death and destruction, transporting a weapon of mass death and destruction, conspiracy to possessing a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to manufacture a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to transport a weapon of mass destruction. All of the charges are felonies.

Manuel was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction. He was being held in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond.

Hunt was being held under a $250,000 bond.

“An individual transported two items to the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department,” requesting to turn the items over to the station around 2 p.m., said Maj. Richard Lewis with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The items were determined to be “explosive in nature.”

A robot was used to move the items to a safe area. No injuries were reported.

Police say the investigation into the two bombs left at the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department on Aug. 11 led them to the home on Antonio Drive. A search of the home revealed “items that could be used in the preparation of explosive devices,” according to a release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. “Some of the material had to be rendered safe on site.”

Another home was identified and searched during the course of the investigation, according to the release. “Items consistent with materials located ... [at] 102 Antonio Drive as well as one of the items at the fire department were located and linked to the suspect.”

The following agencies have assisted in the investigation: WCSO’s patrol, detective, warrant, drug and school resource divisions; Wayne County 911 Center; Wayne County EMS; Wayne County Fire Marshal’s Office; Dudley Volunteer Fire Department; North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Defense/Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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