Three detained in scrap yard ammunition case

February 20, 2008 7:45:48 PM PST
Three men are in custody and could face charges related to the military ammunition found at a Raleigh scrap metal yard earlier this week.

Law enforcement sources tell Eyewitness News three men are being questioned in connection with the scrap yard ammunition case. Sources say the men are being held by U.S. Marshals on federal immigration charges.

Federal court documents identify the men as Salvador Gomez-Urieta, Javier Gomez-Urieta And Adrian Nunez-Aviles.

Tuesday afternoon, an explosion blew a hole in the roof of one of the buildings at Raleigh Metals Processors on Garner Road. Military officials later confirmed the explosion was caused by military shells that were being compacted for recycling. Two men were injured in the first explosion.

Since then officials have been detonating military ammunition found throughout the yard. The explosives included 90 mm recoilless rifle rounds and anti-tank AT-4 projectiles.

Thursday night federal agents found more ammunition, like the ammunition retrieved from the scrap metal yard, at home on Carver Drive in Sanford. They've also found evidence at a home in Harnett County.

Capt. David Smith of the Sanford Police says officials with the FBI and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the case and have the men in custody.

The two men injured - Isai Bravo Santiago, 33, and Adrian Bravo, 27 - were expected to recover.

Officials have been detonating ammunition at the scrap metal yard for the past four days. Nearby residents have been forced to evacuate and detours are up in the surrounding area.

Javier is due in federal court at 10 a.m. Thursday, while Salvador and Aviles are due in federal court at 2 p.m. Thursday for a detention hearing.


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