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Russian teen arrest for alleged weapons of mass destruction

Jan. 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

ALTOONA, Pa., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old Russian man was arrested in Pennsylvania for allegedly being in possession of a weapon of mass destruction, police said.

Vladislav Miftakhov, a Russian citizen, was arrested Friday in Altoona, Pa., CNN reported.

Altoona police said they were investigating a reported marijuana-growing operation allegedly involving Miftakhov when they discovered a homemade bomb and bomb-making materials in a suitcase.

Miftakhov, a student at Penn State Altoona, was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and drug-related offenses.

A Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad "safely deconstructed" the explosive device, officials said.

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