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  • kedubob kedubob Dec 20, 2005 7:20 PM Flag

    Ahem Ahem!

    Large Amount of Plastic Explosives Missing in New Mexico
    Tuesday, December 20, 2005,2933,179216,00.html

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. � Authorities are asking for the public's help after 150 pounds of commercial plastic explosives turned up missing from a private storage site, along with 2,500 blasting caps and 20,000 feet of explosive detonation cord.

    "In the hands of the wrong person, this material can be very, very destructive," Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White said Monday during a news conference.

    Wayne Dixie, resident agent in charge of the Albuquerque office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the missing material could level a building "if it was in the hands of the right people and they knew how to use it."

    ATF spokesman Tom Mangan said the theft occurred between Dec. 13 and Sunday, when the missing materials were noticed at 4 p.m. Two commercial-style containers, each stored inside two bunkers southwest of Albuquerque, were burglarized.

    Dixie cautioned there was no evidence to suggest a link to terrorism but said investigators had no leads or suspects. Authorities offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information that helps them recover the goods.

    The materials were reported missing by the owner of Cherry Engineering Inc. Dixie said the company performs "research for the law enforcement community" but declined to elaborate.

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