- A Budget truck was pulled over in Oak Harbor, Washington
last Tuesday near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and found to have
traces of TNT on the gearshift and traces of RDX plastic explosive on the
steering wheel, Fox News has learned.
- 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
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
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