North Augusta man had pipe bombs when arrested

Darin Lee Mabrey



An investigation revealed that a North Augusta man had two pipe bombs in his possession Saturday when he was pulled over on speeding charges in Aiken.

Aiken police stopped Darin Lee Mabrey, 36, in the Kroger parking lot on Whiskey Road. The bomb unit from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called after police found a suspicious package, a Schedule IV substance and marijuana during a search of the vehicle.

Mabrey, who had an active warrant from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, was taken into custody at the scene.

On Thursday, police revealed that the package contained the two pipe bombs. They also discovered the vehicle had been stolen.

According to a news release, Mabrey confessed to knowledge and possession of the pipe bombs to SLED and investigators at the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

He remains in custody at the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to pay, false information to police, possession of a destructive device, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana (second offense) and breach of trust with fraudulent intent $10,000 or more.

Aiken arrest and 'suspicious' package