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Deputies: Walhalla man found with pipe bomb, drugs, bulletproof vest

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Steven Neal (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) Steven Neal (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Westminster man has been charged after deputies said they found him with drugs and a pipe bomb during a traffic stop on Saturday.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, it was reported that a white car was seen at the Dollar General on Wells Highway with one of the three men acting suspiciously and reportedly wearing body armor.

Deputies spotted the car on Highway 123 driving without headlights on while it was raining, and pulled it over.

Lt. Jimmy Watt said they deputy asked the driver for his license, registration and proof of insurance, when one of the people showed the deputy a bulletproof vest on the floor of the car.

The officer said 24-year-old Steven Neal was sitting in the backseat acting nervously and making "unnecessary movements." 

When deputies searched Neal, they said they found a PVC pipe wrapped in electrical tape with a fuse coming out of the top.

Deputies said it appeared to be a pipe bomb.

A fuse container and baggies with a clear substance were located on Neal during the search, Watt said.

Deputies also located a bag containing a single pill in the glove compartment, which Neal claimed was his, according to Watt.

Neal is charged with possession of a controlled substance (diazepam), possession of 1.4 grams of methamphetaime and possession of a pipe bomb.

He is being held on $40,000 surety bond at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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