Air traffic controller arrested with weapon of mass destruction in his possession: Cops

A North Carolina air traffic controller was arrested, along with his roommate, for alleged possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the New York Post, Paul George Dandan, 30, was arrested Friday in Charlotte.

WCNC reported that the investigation began November 3 when authorities received a report of an individual in possession of an explosive device.

Police say a bomb squad located a homemade pipe bomb in the home Dandan shared with his roommate, 39-year-old Derrick Fells.

Investigators say Fells confessed to manufacturing the device, revealing he initially intended to target a neighbor with it. After ultimately deciding not to use the bomb, he allegedly gave it to Dandan.

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.

Dandan was fired from his position at Charlotte Douglas International Airport following his arrest, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The agency issued a statement Friday detailing the charges each suspect is facing.

“Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction,” the FAA statement read. “Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.”

A police statement indicates Dandan did not have access to restricted areas of the airport in his capacity as an air traffic controller and only worked inside an offsite tower.

As of Friday evening, he remained in custody at a Mecklenberg County jail with bond set at $45,000.

Though the FBI is aiding local law enforcement in the investigation, early reports indicate federal charges against Dandan and Fells are not expected.

[Featured image: Mecklenberg County Sheriff’s Office]