By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department announced the arrest of a man taken into custody after a narcotics search warrant on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.
Robert Estis Jr., of Trussville, is now facing charges of possession of a destructive device, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of an altered firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Estis will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $321,000.
Investigators searched a home in the 4700 block of Boulder Drive and found what they described as a hand grenade inside of a closet along with a high volume of firearms.
“Our investigators exited the residence, established a perimeter and called for assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” Detective Ben Short said.
The ATF determined the grenade was not real and posed no danger. Investigators continued to search the residence and located substances that tested positive for the presence of meth and heroin.
“Fully automatic weapons, homemade firearms, firearms with obstructed or no serial numbers, suppressors, and a wide array of drug paraphernalia were also discovered inside of the home,” said Short. “The Trussville Police Department would like to thank the ATF-Birmingham Field Office for its quick response and assistance during this investigation.”