The FBI,?the Immigration and Naturalization Service,?the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and local police are all investigating. |
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.
Authorities say records for the?Budget truck do not indicate any recent rental for the purposes of transporting explosives, which would require special permits.