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Questions Remain After Authorities Arrest Man With Alleged Bomb-Making Material

Posted June 18, 2002

— The FBI is trying to find out more about a man arrested in Fayetteville last week.

Thursday, the Fayetteville Greyhound station was the center of a bomb investigation involving Antonio Olmeda of New York. Four days after his arrest, state and federal agents said there are many unanswered questions.

Just before 5 p.m., Fayetteville police, Cumberland County sheriff's deputies and the bomb squad were called to the bus station about a suspicious black bag allegedly belonging to Olmeda.

Investigators said the bag contained ammunition, bomb-making material and fireworks. Olmeda was arrested and is being held by federal marshals.

The SBI said Olmeda has a criminal background, including a 1994 arrest in New York for storing pipe bombs and ammunition in his van.

According to Agent Randy Myers, on Wednesday, Olmeda asked a passerby on Haymount Hill about security at Fort Bragg.

"Olmeda came from New York, he was here about 24 hours and then he leaves. Why? Did he just come here to buy the things that he had when he was arrested? Did he come here for another reason? Those are the kinds of questions we have to look into," Myers said.

Col. Tad Davis said during times of potential threats on Fort Bragg, an action plan is put in place. If necessary, soldiers will perform individual car checks and inspections at control access points. To make sure things stay safe at all times, post officials review their security procedures every six months.

"It's a constant process of keeping one eye open at all times to make sure nobody comes in here," Davis said.

Olmeda is scheduled for a detention hearing before a federal judge in Raleigh on Wednesday.

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