St. Pete Police: Drug-making device confused for 'suspicious package'

'Suspicious device' discovered to be homemade drug-making device, man arrested

St. Petersburg Police investigated a suspicious device they found inside a car at the McDonald's parking lot at 66th Street and Tyrone Boulevard.

Yolanda Fernandez of St. Petersburg police said the original call came in about 9:20 p.m. about a man who had been in his car in the parking lot for five hours. When officers arrived, they said it appeared he was under the influence of some substance.

While looking through the man's possessions, they came across a suspicious device in a backpack, Fernandez said.

As a precaution, officers shut down the intersection of Tyrone, 22nd Avenue North and 66th Street, near Tyrone Square Mall, and cleared a 1,000-foot radius around the vehicle.

The Tampa Bomb Squad was called to assess the device. It detonated it at the site.

Officials later discovered that it was not an explosive device. It was, in fact, a homemade device used to make drugs.

Andrew Bryant is now facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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