ALERT: FL sheriff's deputies arrest Garret Smith for allegedly carrying explosive device in backpack, while running from a Jan 6 jailhouse rally for accused OathKeeper

Sheriff: "I don’t know if he was in support or opposition of the protestors"

No criminal history
The Pinellas County (FL) sheriff said his department has undercover deputies working at Jan 6 jailhouse rally Sheriff included images of alleged explosive device during news conference Sheriff said Smith was dressed in all black and was stopped while running away from rally
Per the sheriff, the jailhouse rally was on behalf of Jan 6 defendant Jeremy Brown

Brown, of Tampa-area, is accused of carrying zip-ties & radio while wearing tactical gear amid the mob
Jeremy Brown has pleaded NOT GUILTY in his Jan 6 case

As for Garret Smith, the sheriff said Smith isn't talking to deputies. Smith is from Oldsmar, Florida

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