Paul George Dandan, a 30-year-old air traffic controller with access to a control tower in Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested for acquiring, transporting and possessing a weapon of mass destruction, which in this case was a pipe bomb. His roommate Derrick Fells was also arrested in the incident.
According to police, Fells built the pipe bomber with the intent on using it on a neighbor, but gave the bomb to Dandan. No one is saying what Dandan was planning on doing with the bomb, but air traffic control authorities said that he only had access to an offsite control tower, however, he was immediately fired and his access to the local Charlotte Douglas International Airport was cancelled.
A North Carolina air traffic controller with access to a control tower was arrested Friday for possessing, transporting and acquiring a weapon of mass destruction, police said.
Paul George Dandan, 30, was booked along with his roommate, Derrick Fells, in Charlotte, local reports said.
The arrests arose out of an investigation into a Nov. 3 call to police concerning an individual with an explosive, according to WCNC in Charlotte.
Police said that Fells admitted building a pipe bomb to use against a neighbor, but later decided to give the explosive device to Dandan instead, WCNC and other local outlets reported…
As Dandan sits in the county jail with a $45,000 bond, the FBI has joined local police in the investigation. As yet, there is no indication of any federal charges to be filed, but pending what authorities learn, it could happen. No one is saying at this if Dandan has any ties or affiliation to any terrorist group, but if he does, that will surely be made known soon.