On September 18, 2018 the Brea Police Department stopped Saleh Ali aka Ali Saleh because his black Toyota Corolla had expired registration tags. During the stop the police alleged that Ali had a suspended drivers license and ordered his car towed. Procedure mandates an inventory search of the vehicle before being towed so the defendant’s property is properly secured and accounted. During the inventory search, two small destructive devices in specialized containers covered in shrapnel were found and contained explosive material.
A bomb squad investigated and deemed the area safe, as the suspect was arrested. Michelle Van Der Linden, spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney, said the devices, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), destroyed by the bomb squad would readily explode when connected with a source for ignition, either that be fire or current.
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