Canada: Father, Son Charges Over Explosive Material Possession

From CBC:
Police north of Toronto have charged a father and son after officers found explosive materials and a detonator device at a home in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, and his son Mahyar, 18, were arrested on Monday and charged with one count each of possession of an explosive device following a search of their home, located about 40 km north of Toronto.

Both men were scheduled to appear in Newmarket court today.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the arrests and charges are a local matter that concerns York police and there is no known connection to national security.

“There is no known connection to any issue related to national security,” he said in Ottawa. “It is a local policing matter. Obviously they’ve made arrests, they’ve laid charges, and it’s up to them to comment further.”

Border agents tipped off police

York Regional Police said the investigation began last Thursday when they received information about a person being investigated by the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency.

On Friday, police executed a search warrant at a home on Larratt Lane, near Bathurst Street and Elgin Mills Road West, and discovered explosive materials. Police did not specify what exactly the materials were or how much was removed. They said chemicals were also seized.

Ontario Provincial Police, along with the York police’s explosives detection unit, helped to removed the materials.

As a precaution, police practically shut down the street on Friday, forcing neighbours from their homes and restricting vehicle and pedestrian traffic as officers carried out their work. Neighbours have since been allowed back into their homes, police said.

Despite, evacuation orders being lifted and the suburban street returning to normal, residents say they have been left feeling uneasy.

Jill Garazi, who has lived on Larratt Lane for 16 years, said the experience was “very stressful and traumatic.”….

…..’It’s a very serious case for sure’
Const. Andy Pattenden, spokesperson for the York Regional Police, said officers are investigating how the materials got into the home, why they were there and what the accused planned to do with them.

“We don’t often see things like this. It’s a very serious case for sure. The charge, possession of explosives, is a very serious charge,” Pattenden said.

“Thankfully, nobody was injured in this particular case. But there’s lots more to this investigation. That’s why we really need some tips and help from the public as to how these materials got there, why they were there and what these two people were up to.”

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