Police were looking for pot but stumbled on something much worse
ALTOONA, Pa. – Police in western Pennsylvania have arrested a Russian national after finding bomb-making materials in his apartment.
Altoona police were called to the apartments Friday night after residents reported someone growing marijuana.
Shortly after, police say they found a suspected bomb and other bomb-making materials inside a suitcase in 19-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov’s apartment.
Luckily, the bomb never went off and it was safely taken apart by the police bomb squad.
Miftakhov is an engineering student at Penn State from Russia.
He apparently told police he was buying materials used to make bombs online over the past several weeks.
His roommates say they had no idea what he was doing just feet away from their rooms.
Bill Kitt, the owner of the building, sent a statement, saying, “As a landlord, the safety and security of my student tenants is my main concern and I have been assured by the authorities that the building is now safe.”
Miftakhov faces several charges including weapons of mass destruction and several drug charges.
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