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Accused Drug Dealer Accused Of Planting Explosives

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An accused drug dealer is behind bars, accused of planting pipe bombs in the truck of a confidential informant scheduled to testify against him in court. 

"We will not tolerate doing that to our informants," said Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny. 

He said his deputies and the TBI confiscated two pipe bombs from the back of the informant's pick-up truck.

Deputies said Robert Garrison planted the explosives along with some meth making equipment to either intimidate or frame the informant.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview Garrison said the sheriff needs to investigate the confidential informant, not him.  And Garrison did not admit planting the bombs.

"I'm not saying I put them in there, but if I had put them in there it was not to hurt anybody. It was to draw attention to him. Look, this guy, the informant, is not as perfect as they make him out to be," said Garrison.

Sheriff Matheny said Garrison may have hoped deputies would arrest the informant after finding the items in his truck.  Either that, or Matheny thinks the bombs could have intimidated the confidential informant into not testifying against Garrison.

The pipe bombs are at the TBI crime lab and the ATF has searched Garrison's home in Coffee county. In addition to drug charges Garrison is now also accused of possession of prohibited weapons.


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