US Police Seize Rental Truck With TNT/RDX Traces Driven By Israeli Nationals

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  • Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 09:52:11 +0100

Budget truck was pulled over in Oak Harbor, Wash., last Tuesday near the
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and found to have traces of TNT on the
gearshift and traces of RDX plastic explosive on the steering wheel, Fox
News has learned. 

Traces of explosives were also found on one of the truck's two
occupants. 

The FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and local police are all investigating. 

Government officials said the roadside stop was so close to the naval
air station that military personnel took part in the initial arrest and
naval intelligence has also been involved in the subsequent
investigation. 

Shortly after midnight on May 7, federal officials say local police
pulled the vehicle over for speeding. Documents read to Fox News
indicate that the driver and passenger told local police they were
delivering furniture from California but that authorities doubted the
story because of the early morning hour. 

A bomb-sniffing dog first detected explosives on one of the men and
inside the truck. High-tech equipment was used later to confirm the
presence of TNT and RDX plastic explosive. 

Documents read to Fox News indicate that both driver and passenger were
Israeli nationals. Investigators say a roadside check of the national
database of immigration records indicated that one of the men had not
entered the country legally, and the other was in violation of his visa.
Both men were taken into custody for immigration violations. 

At 7:30 that morning local police were notified that the BATF and FBI
had tested the truck and found traces of explosives on the steering
wheel and gear shift. 

Officials say no other charges of been filed against the driver and
passenger and an investigation is ongoing. 

Source:  Fox News
 

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