The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a Georgia State Patrol trooper found homemade explosive devices during a traffic stop.

A trooper was conducting a traffic stop of a Ford Ranger pickup truck in Dade County on December 4 when he located three homemade explosive devices inside the vehicle. The truck was at a Circle K store on Highway 136 in Trenton, Georgia.

The trooper contacted the GBI, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office and the Trenton Police Department in order to begin a joint investigation, which was started immediately.

Authorities obtained a search warrant of the home of Robert C. York, 56, and his passenger, Teshina R. Bates, 36, also of Trenton, was questioned by law enforcement officials. 10 more explosive devices were found at the home of York and they were taken to a secure location to be destroyed.

Both York and Bates were arrested and charged with 13 counts of possessing, transporting, receiving explosives or destructive devices with the intent to kill, injure, or intimidate individuals or destroy public buildings (OCGA 16-7-88).

Law enforcement officials are asking anyone with information to contact the GBI office in Calhoun at 706-624-1424, the Dade County Sheriff’s Office at 706-657-3233, or the Trenton Police Department at 706-657-4167.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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