Airline Employee Found With Explosives

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM - An airline mechanic faces felony charges on Tuesday after police found explosive powder equivalent to a case of dynamite in his Dallas-area home, authorities said.

Wire service reports say that Jere Wayne Haney, 42, was arrested on Monday after police said a search of his apartment in Grapevine yielded a 50-pound bag of ammonium nitrate, which is used in some explosives. Police said they also found white supremacist and anti-government literature and a cache of small arms, including four assault rifles.

"There were many different types of pamphlets and things, including literature from the Ku Klux Klan, anti-government type pamphlets and bomb-making instructions,'' Grapevine police Sgt. Ben Flanagan said.

Haney was stopped in his car on Monday by police at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. They said they found dozens of small airplane bottles of whiskey, rum and other liquor in his vehicle. Looking for more bottles on the suspicion they may have been stolen, police went to Haney's apartment where they said they found the ammonium nitrate.

"I am told by one of the bomb experts that a 50-pound bag of ammonium nitrate, if exploded properly, would be approximately equivalent to a case of dynamite. So that would be a terrific explosion,'' Grapevine police spokesman Bob Murphy said.

The FBI was called in to help local investigators because Haney is an airline employee. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also has launched an investigation.

Haney works for American Airlines, which could not be reached for comment. He is being held on $10,000 bail.