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Air traffic controller arrested for weapon of mass destruction possession

Air traffic controller arrested for weapon of mass destruction possession

An air traffic controller at a North Carolina airport was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a homemade explosive device, police said.

Dandan is being charged with three counts of possessing, acquiring, and transporting a weapon of mass destruction, and is being held on $45,000 bond.

According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was released from jail Saturday morning.

Dandan got the bomb from his room mate, a 39-year-old identified as Derrick Fells, media reported. That weapon was a homemade pipe bomb, authorities said.

According to WJW, police did not indicate Dandan's suspected motive in accepting the bomb, nor whether he took the device to the airport at which he worked. WNCN reports that the FAA has suspended Dandan's access to the airport while the FAA and the FBI are investigating the case. He admitted to building the bomb with the intent to use it against a neighbor he had been fighting with, but that he then changed his mind and gave it away instead.

The charges stemmed from a 911 call on November 3 reporting that someone had a homemade explosive device in the 300 block of Minitree Lane, police said late Friday.

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The FBI said it is assisting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police with the investigation and doesn't intend to file federal charges.

'The FAA has terminated the employee's access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement officials, ' the statement read.

The airport said in a statement that Dandan did not have access to any aircraft or to restricted areas of the terminal or ramp.

Dandan, who is also a volunteer with the local fire department, was arrested in 2015 and charged with assaulting a woman.

A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration noted that Dandan's airport access credentials were revoked following his arrest.


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