The Southeast Kansas Drug Task Force made five arrests on Tuesday night relating to methamphetamine production and also found, what officials called a man-made explosive device.

The Southeast Kansas Drug Task Force made five arrests on Tuesday night relating to methamphetamine production and also found, what officials called a man-made explosive device.

At 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Crawford County Sheriff deputies were called to 503 S. 200th St. in rural Crawford County to a report of methamphetamine production.

When deputies arrived, they found five individuals “engaging in activities common with the production of methamphetamine.” In addition, after obtaining a search warrant, officers found what they believed to be a man-made explosive device.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Disposal Unit completed an examination of the unknown device and determined that there were no explosive materials inside.

Officers arrested Dale D. McMurray, 51 of Pittsburg, David G. Miller, 46 of Opolis, Carl T. Powell, 47 of Pittsburg, Leanne Y. Keeling, 51 of Pittsburg, and Leslie S. Stultz, 41 of Weir.

All were charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine or precursor with intent to manufacture, use or possession of paraphernalia with intent to cultivate a controlled substance. In addition, Keeling and Stultz were also charged with possession of opiates/narcotics and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.

After the house was cleared, the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Disposal Unit was contacted to deal with the unknown device located in the house.

The Disposal Unit collected the device Wednesday for further examination and evidentiary purposes.

The incident and circumstances surrounding the device and the methamphetamine are still under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s department.