A 47-year-old man suspected of having bomb-making materials in his car during a traffic stop in Brea this week was charged Thursday with four felonies.
Saleh Ali was arrested Tuesday when a Brea police officer pulled him over at about 9 p.m. for having an expired registration on his vehicle, Brea Police Lt. Adam Hawley said.
"During the traffic stop, the officer keyed in on a couple of suspicious items in the car he believed to be an explosive device," Hawley said. "He detained the driver out of an abundance of caution, locked down a little bit of the area and called out sheriff's bomb squad deputies."
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The deputies destroyed the suspected explosive devices at the scene, Hawley said.
Police also alerted the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, a coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement, Hawley said.
There is no evidence at this time that the defendant has any ties to a terrorist organization, Hawley said.
Ali, who was being held on $200,000 bail, appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom Thursday and denied the charges, which are two counts of possession of a destructive device and single counts each of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device and sale and transportation of a destructive device, all felonies.
Ali was ordered to return to court Sept. 28 for a pretrial hearing.
He has two prior convictions in June 2003 in Passaic County, New Jersey, for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and terrorist threats, according to court records.