TAZEWELL, Va. — Three Tazewell County residents were facing additional federal charges Monday after being arrested in connection with the theft of explosives from a construction site near the development of the new prison in Pocahontas, Va.

The explosives were recovered Saturday buried in a barn in the Mudfork area of Tazewell County, Sheriff H.S. Caudill said.

Derrick R. Williams, 25, Angela R. Dameron, 29, and Lacy S. Milam, 21, all of Mudfork, have been charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, destruction of property and possession of explosives, Caudill said.

The three were taken to Abindgon, Va., Monday to face federal charges, he said.

The explosives were stolen from a construction site on the access road of the new prison in Pocahontas on Sept. 7, authorities said.

The individuals arrested have been suspects throughout the investigation, Caudill said, noting they had been interviewed and given polygraph tests prior to the recovery of the explosives on property where Williams and Dameron resided.

Caudill said officers received a tip where the explosives could be found Saturday afternoon. Detectives with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Virginia State Police Explosives Detection Canine Unit responded to the scene where sheriff’s department Detective Paul Little located the explosives.

Caudill said authorities do not know the motivation for the theft of the explosives.

“Our worst fears were for these to be hidden somewhere, and some child find them and not realize” the danger, he said.

Caudill said the sheriff’s department is “thrilled these explosives are out of the hands of inexperienced people.”

— Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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