Man, woman arrested after pipe bombs found in apartment

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Armed with a search warrant, Peoria Police went looking for heroin at a west Valley apartment complex Wednesday morning.

According to police spokesman Jay Davies, not only did officers find "heroin and cash" in unit 3000 of the Vision Apartments, they also found two pipe bombs.

"After encountering those pipe bombs, our personnel backed out and called for the Glendale bomb squad to come out," Davies said. "Both Glendale and ATF responded and the bomb squad did retrieve the two pipe bombs and determined they are actual devises."

Nearly a dozen neighbors in apartments in the same building as unit 3000 were evacuated and taken to the complex's clubhouse area.

"I was a little bit concerned," said Danny Grossman, who was among  those asked to leave his home.

"There's a bomb threat," Grossman said cops told him when they knocked on his door. "They would like everyone in building one to leave and go down stairs."

After about an hour and a half, members of the Glendale bomb squad were able to secure and remove the two devises. Evacuated residents were then allowed back into their apartments and the young couple that lived in unit 3000 was taken into custody.

"We have arrested 19-year-old Steven May as well as his 20-year-old girlfriend Elissa Smith," police spokesman Jay Davies said. "Both for possession of drugs for sale."

The possibility of charges related to the alleged explosive devises are also being explored, Davies said.