Penn State Student Arrested Over WMD

'Off the wall' Russian teen had bomb-making materials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2014 10:37 PM CST

(Newser) – A Penn State freshman from Moscow was arrested on charges including possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after cops found a bomb and explosives-related materials in his apartment. Police say they found the bomb-making materials while investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op at the home of 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov, who allegedly told them he planned to "blow things up," CNN reports.

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Police say the teen, who is being held on $500,000 bail, later explained that he had bought the bomb-making materials on Amazon.com and planned to set off explosives in a field. His roommate says Miftakhov was a "dumb" and "crazy" kid who had recently set off three "mini-bombs" outside their apartment. "He was off the wall" but not a danger to the public, the roommate tells the Altoona Mirror. (Read more Penn State stories.)

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