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Scrap Ammo Suspects Will Stay in Jail

Posted February 25, 2008

— Two of four men held in connection with selling live military ammunition to a Raleigh scrap-metal recycling plant were ordered held without bond.

Adrian Nunez-Aviles and Javier Gomez-Urieta were arrested two weeks ago on immigration charges. Federal and local authorities also are questioning the men in connection with almost three dozen explosive devices found at Raleigh Metals Recyclers.

Two workers were injured on Feb. 12 when one of the devices went off as a load of scrap metal was processed at the Garner Road plant. Munitions experts from Fort Bragg located and detonated another 33 devices at the plant over the next four days.

Salvador Gomez-Urieta, Javier Gomez-Urieta's brother, and Manuel Sanchez Uriosteget also are being held for questioning in the case.

Authorities searched a mobile home park in Sanford where at least two of the men live and found similar spent and live military ammunition in the yards.


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  • Tripwire Feb 26, 2008

    Bragg consists of thousands of isolated wooded acres bordering on regular civilian roadways. The gates are not the only way to get on post. Signs and fences only keep honest people out. I've run escape and evasion drills while I was stationed there and been undetected even when they were actively looking for me. Bragg is huge and the range impact areas are very isolated. Still though, since 911 there has to be a greater boost in security, I believe there is higher security in the main built up areas of the base where the troops are located and arms and ammunition are stored.

  • ifcdirector Feb 25, 2008

    Raleigh is becoming a Third World city quickly and no one in this city, state, or nation is doing anything about it nor are they interested. Illegals swirl in tides around local law enforcement officers who are too busy checking drivers licenses of the majority of legal citizens at their checkpoints to do the one obvious thing they should be doing which is making sure that whoever is driving is supposed to even be here. Until they take the presence of illegals seriously as the crime it is then nothing will happen but more of the same tragedies. Metal thefts are very common in Mexico and South America and now we have it here including this and the cable line which was stolen the other night. Welcome to your new Third World Raleigh residents. Thank the mayor, police chief, your legislators, your governor, congress people, and President for it too.

  • CaptainSpleen Feb 25, 2008

    All it takes to get onto Fort Bragg is a drivers license, vehicle registration, and a vehicle search. There are no checks on the way out.

  • Soundguy Feb 25, 2008

    It is pretty obvious where they got the stuff. The thing that bothers me the most is WHY would just anyone be allowed to walk on to a military installation regardless of who they are. Common sense would say that the borders of the property would be fenced and should be posted as well! Then, if they are stupid enough to step over the fence, they should be shot on sight!
    You can't tell me that the military can't patrol their own property. They can call in an air strike with a Predator UAV from 10,000 miles away but can't keep people from wandering on a secure installation! Right!
    Finally, the reason you have not heard anything about how they got the material probably revolves around the military wanting to keep a lid on what has become a very embarrassing situation!

  • Adelinthe Feb 25, 2008

    "My guess is they dug them up from an impact area on one of the firing ranges on Fort Bragg. Not everything that is fired down range detonates. I bet they were mining the range for spent rounds and empty shell casings for their scrap value and weren't smart enough to tell a live round from a spent one."

    How would they have gotten onto Bragg or any other military base to begin with??? Since 9/11, the gates are now guarded by armed guards, and there's armed snipers all along the main roads leading from the gates.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Feb 25, 2008

    At any point in their trail from where they stole the ammo to the junk yard, it could have exploded killing God only knows how many people.

    No sympathy for them. Hope they get the book tossed at them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • djofraleigh Feb 25, 2008

    How is it that we don't yet know where and how they got the ammo to begin with? Keep them or they will get more.

  • Sandollar Feb 25, 2008

    I have been so foolish. I thought the military and Homeland Security were spending taxpayers money to protect the United States. I was so wrong. Americans have to jump through hoops for our security. Illegals are getting all of the rights just like crooks.

  • haggis basher Feb 25, 2008

    "Just buy an old car and drive it into the nearest gas pump."

    That will cause a small fire, nothing more. Gas pumps or cars for that matter do not readily explode (mythbusters did the cars a while back). You have been watching too many movies!
    The days when you could let folks wander about in military ranges in long over. These should be secure, patrolled zones. Imagine what could have happened if kids had got hold of live AT rounds etc?

  • superman Feb 25, 2008

    Terrorist dont need to find live ammunition at an army base. All they need to do is to blow up service stations which are on every street corner. They dont need to take pilot lessons. Just buy an old car and drive it into the nearest gas pump. Homeland security is a joke. Instant mass destruction.