Air traffic controller charged with having weapon of mass destruction in Charlotte

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Air traffic controller charged with having weapon of mass destruction in Charlotte

An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and another man were arrested Friday on charges related to possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Dandan is facing charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and two counts of weapons offenses. Paul George Dandan, 30, was arrested on November 10 at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Dandan is being held on a $45,000 secured bond. The FBI is assisting Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police with the investigation but said federal charges aren’t expected against Dandan at this point.

The FAA has terminated the employee’s access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement authorities“, the administration said in a statement released Friday. He allegedly had an explosive in his possession, though the report states the device was not at the airport.

Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. “He did not have access to any aircraft at the airport”, the airport stated.

In 2015, Dandan was arrested by Charlotte police for assaulting a female, according to WCCB reporter Jon Wilson.

Materials to make a pipe bomb-like device were found at Dandan’s residence, but was not assembled, WSOC reported, quoting an unnamed source.

Paul George Dandan, 30, is charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction. However, Fells changed his mind and made a decision to hand the explosive over to his roommate.

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