An investigation into an assault resulted in a drug bust in Richfield Friday.

Police were notified of a possible assault, and during the course of the investigation found cause to apply for a search warrant, said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd. 

“The suspect was believed to have been armed,” Lloyd said. He said the alleged victim of the assault told police she had been struck by the barrel and butt of a gun during the assault.

Lloyd said officers waited for Colten Hyde, 36, Richfield, to leave his home and pulled him over.

“As a traffic stop, it was a more controlled environment and a little safer,” Lloyd said. 

Once Hyde was in custody, detectives from Sevier County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on Hyde’s home. 

Officers found drugs, paraphernalia and various weapons including a homemade bomb. Included in the mix were tubs containing what detectives suspect are psychedelic mushrooms.

“The mix of psychedelic substances and weapons is very dangerous,” Lloyd said. 

Hyde was charged with aggravated assault, as well as two counts possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture or cultivation of a controlled substance, restricted person in possession of a firearm and possession of an explosive device. 

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