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Tip leads PCSO to arsenal, booby-trapped closet and felon

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Weapons, explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and other items were found in a San Tan Valley home occupied by a convicted felon and his mother. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Weapons, explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and other items were found in a San Tan Valley home occupied by a convicted felon and his mother. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Wesley Boles was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor and possession of drug paraphernalia. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Wesley Boles was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor and possession of drug paraphernalia. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (CBS5) -

A concerned brother's phone call from Washington state led Pinal County sheriff's deputies to an arsenal of weapons and explosives, a booby-trapped closet and the arrest of a convicted felon in San Tan Valley on Saturday.

Deputies found 28 firearms, two class 3 weapons, two silencers, rocket-propelled grenades, five homemade bombs, a detonator and thousands of rounds of ammunition at the San Tan Valley home that 51-year-old Wesley Boles shares with his mother.

A brother of Boles on Saturday called and told deputies Boles had put a gun to his mother's head during an argument a few days before, a PCSO spokesman said.

Deputies called the woman, who confirmed the incident and also said she had been pushed during the argument. She said she wouldn't leave the residence or call for help because she was afraid of Boles, the spokesman said.

Deputies and served a search warrant at the home after learning that Boles had two prior felony convictions and legally couldn't possess a firearm.

During the search, deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad also found a bedroom closet booby trapped with a rifle that was set to fire when the door was opened, the spokesman said.

No injuries were reported.

Boles was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As deputies began to question Boles about the explosives, he went into convulsions and he was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated, the spokesman said. Additional charges related to the explosive devices are pending, the spokesman said.

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