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Authorities Find Land Mines, Chemicals In Raleigh Storage Building

Posted May 16, 2005 8:52 a.m. EDT

— Investigators know more information about a Raleigh man accused of storing chemicals and explosives in a Raleigh storage unit.

On Friday, ATF agents traced Christopher Kent, 29, to Public Storage on Glenwood Avenue where police, firefighters and ATF agents found 1,000 rounds of ammunition, land mines and chemicals.

A sheriff's deputy in Virginia found Kent parked on the side of the road Thursday night. Investigators searched his 1997 Honda Accord and found a pistol, an AK-47 and a homemade bomb, along with maps and other equipment. They also found receipts for storage units -- in Raleigh and Danville, Va, where investigators also found a rifle and explosive materials.

Investigators would not say why Kent had bomb-making equipment, what he planned to do with the equipemnt or where he was going.

Originally from Sherwood, Ore., Kent's family said he was in the military until two years ago. Investigators said they believed he had been living with his girlfriend in Raleigh, but a family member told WRAL that the couple recently split and Kent was distraught over it. Since then, investigators said Kent had been living out of his car, but had a post office box at a UPS store in Raleigh.

UPS store owner Raj Gosai said Kent told him that he worked at Warpsystems Computers, but a representative at the Raleigh company told WRAL that they had never heard of him.

Public records show Kent had pleaded guilty to a concealed weapons charge in 2002. His address then, was in Fort Bragg.

Authorities said they expect to file additional charges against Kent.