Pipe bomb, drugs found in domestic violence investigation

4:18 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida-- Polk deputies set out to arrest a suspect for a domestic violence dispute, but shortly after their investigation began, they realized they had much more on their hands. 

According to reports, officials received a call Tuesday about a violent argument that took place inside a Lakeland home Monday night. 

During the dispute, 34-year-old Jason Lloyd reportedly burned his live-in girlfriend with a cigarette, and dragged her by the wrist into their bedroom.

When officials arrived to the home to arrest Lloyd for the domestic violence the next day, they reportedly ended up finding a pipe bomb inside the home. 

And it doesn't stop there. Reports say they also found ammunition (an offense for any convicted felon), drugs and drug paraphernalia that later tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. 

Lloyd, who deputies say was clearly "maintaining the home for drug use", was also stealing electricity from a power pole outside of the home. 

Reports say they arrested Lloyd and took him into custody as State Fire Marshal's officials arrived to "detonate the device". 

"Every day, Sheriff's Office deputies risk their lives to keep our Polk County residents safe," said Sheriff Grady Judd.  "The dangers are very real, and this case is a perfect example of how quickly one call can become a potentially life-threatening situation - and as we've seen over and over, drugs were involved."

Lloyd is now behind bars on various charges including Domestic Violence, five counts of Possession, Making/Possessing a Destructive Device, 17 counts of Possession of Ammunition by a convicted felon, Keeping a House for Drug Use and Theft. 

Lloyd, who was denied bond, has a lengthy criminal history of 20 arrests in Polk County.

He was sentenced to 1-year and 1-day in state prison in 2008, where he served approximately eight months.  

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