Charlotte Air Traffic Controller Arrested for Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction

Charlotte Air Traffic Controller Arrested for Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction

Charlotte Air Traffic Controller Arrested for Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction

Two men were arrested Friday after one was alleged to be in possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Paul George Dandan, 30, was charged Friday with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction and was being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on a $45,000 bond.

According to the New York Post, Paul George Dandan, 30, was arrested Friday in Charlotte. A man identified as Derrick Fells allegedly made a homemade pipe bomb to use against a neighbor who he was having a dispute with, police said. A bomb squad sent to the house later confirmed that the device was a homemade pipe bomb, police said.

A roommate of Dandan's was also arrested in relation to having bomb-making materials, which were also not at the airport.

Investigators say Fells confessed to manufacturing the device, revealing he initially meant to target a neighbor with it. "He did not have access to any aircraft at the airport", reported WBTV.


The FBI said it's assisting authorities in Charlotte but doesn't anticipate bringing federal charges against either suspect, WCNC reported.

On November 3, officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department ("CMPD") responded to a 911 call regarding someone possibly being in possession of an explosive device in a neighborhood some seven miles north of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration since confirmed Dandan would be barred from the airport permanently.

In March of 2015, Dandan was arrested and charged with assault on a female.

'The FAA has terminated the employee's access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement officials, ' the statement read. Fells decided not use the Pipe Bomb and instead gave the pipe bomb to Dandon, an acquaintance. who works for the FAA. Online records show that Derrick Fells is facing three weapons offense charges as well as a charge for possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

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