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Overland Park man accused of making illegal explosives sold in Northland

Platte County authorities have charged a 44-year-old Kansas man with possessing cocaine and trying to sell illegal explosives.

Douglas P. Smith of Overland Park allegedly sold the items in the Northland.

Between July 2 and Monday, authorities seized 24, one-pound explosives inside aluminum beer bottles, 169 quarter sticks of homemade dynamite, 23 half sticks of homemade dynamite, $7,660 and a small amount of drugs, Platte County Sheriff Mark S .Owen said in a statement.

According to court records, Smith met someone who had arranged to purchase several illegal items. After the customer handed over the money, authorities took Smith into custody, according to court records.

Investigators searched Smith’s vehicle and found cash, a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a prescription bottle that contained what appeared to be cocaine and numerous empty beer bottles. The explosive items allegedly were made at Smith’s apartment in Overland Park

Authorities also took notebooks that contained the names of individuals and how much money they owed Smith, according to court documents.

Owen said the arrest was part of a joint operation between his office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Smith’s bond is set at $15,000.

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