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Deputies arrest three after finding meth, explosive device

Susan Quade, 48, of Cornville, Tana Elliott, 31, of Glendale, and Craig Gast, 49, of Phoenix, were arrested Sunday on charges including possession of drug paraphernalia after they found methamphetamine, meth pipes and an improvised explosive device inside a home and a blue Chevy Blazer.

Susan Quade, 48, of Cornville, Tana Elliott, 31, of Glendale, and Craig Gast, 49, of Phoenix, were arrested Sunday on charges including possession of drug paraphernalia after they found methamphetamine, meth pipes and an improvised explosive device inside a home and a blue Chevy Blazer.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people Sunday in Cornville on charges including possession of drug paraphernalia after they found methamphetamine, meth pipes and an improvised explosive device inside a home and a blue Chevy Blazer.

Deputies answered a call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 600 block of Palo Verde Drive that neighbors knew was in foreclosure, and found Susan Quade, 48, of Cornville, Tana Elliott, 31, of Glendale, and Craig Gast, 49, of Phoenix getting ready to leave in the Blazer. Deputies then took them into custody, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies called the homeowner, they learned that Quade was renting the home.

Deputies found several meth pipes inside the home, and Quade told them she and her friends were getting ready to use meth when deputies arrived, D'Evelyn said.

K-9 deputies alerted on the Blazer, so deputies searched the SUV and found about 20 grams of meth throughout the vehicle, scales, more meth pipes and papers documenting drug sales, D'Evelyn said.

While checking a flask found inside the Blazer, deputies saw it was filled with gunpowder and had a homemade fuse attached to the bottom of the lid. A DPS bomb squad unit then disposed of the explosive device.

"There were no statements from the suspects in the report about why they had an explosive device in the Blazer," D'Evelyn said.

Investigators learned the device belonged to Gast, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating it, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies booked Quade into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including possession/use of drug paraphernalia and use of electronic communications in drug transactions.

Elliott and Gast were booked into the county jail on charges of possession/transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of burglary tools, possession of a deadly weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Quade remains in custody on a $25,000 bond, while Elliott and Gast remain in custody and each on a bond of $37,500, D'Evelyn said.

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