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PVC pipe filled with homemade "low-grade explosive mixture'' and a videotape instruction for turning a remote-controlled toy car into a detonator were among the items found in the car driven by two University of South Florida students arrested in South Carolina and now facing federal explosives charges, according to a federal prosecutor.
Defendant Ahmed Mohamed has admitted making the tape, and in it he says he intended the instruction "to save one who wants to be a martyr for another battle.''
Government Appeals Bail For USF Student
One of two University of South Florida students and Egyptian nationals will be allowed pretrial release on $200,000 fully secured bail and house arrest with an electronic monitor, a U.S. magistrate determined at a hearing today.
Although Magistrate Elizabeth Jenkins agreed with the prosecution that Youssef Megahed is a dangerous man, she said the government did not prove a specific danger.
Details Emerge in S.C. Explosives Case
Megahed, 21, and Sherif Mohamed, 24, both students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, were indicted Aug. 31 on federal charges of transporting explosives across state lines. Mohamed also faces terrorism-related charges on suspicion of demonstrating how to use the explosives.
They were arrested on state charges of possession of an explosive device after an Aug. 5 traffic stop in South Carolina. The state charge was dropped after the federal indictment.
Originally posted by RedGolem
Sounds to me like two more have been stopped, at least for the short time that is.
to those officials that caught them.
Originally posted by 11Bravo
Who knows? All I know is that that this isnt the first couple of college kids to play around with explosives, and your kidding yourself if you think otherwise.
Originally posted by ChrisF231
Lets not forget though that this was stopped because of good police work, not some Patriot Act related investigation so the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office gets the kudos in my book as it was they who made the traffic stop.
Tampa judge puts off bail for USF student
TAMPA - A suspended University of South Florida student in jail on explosives charges cannot post bail until a hearing on an appeal by federal prosecutors who oppose his release, a judge ruled.
Originally posted by Badge01
but let the terrorists go, with all the connections to other groups, and explosives?