SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. authorities have charged a man with attempting to board a flight from Puerto Rico with weapons including a stun gun, a switchblade knife and four box cutters.
Prosecutors say Jose Pol was passing through a security checkpoint at the island's main airport when Transportation Security Administration agents discovered the weapons in his carry-on luggage.
FBI spokesman Harry Rodriguez said Wednesday that investigators are trying to determine whether Pol has any affiliation with terrorist organizations.
Pol was scheduled to take a JetBlue flight to Boston when he was arrested on Monday. In addition to the knives agents found pepper spray and a flight simulator program in his luggage.
According to an FBI affidavit, a TSA agent noticed irregularities when Pol's luggage went through an X-ray scanner and sent him for a secondary search. Officers then discovered the knives as well as two lighters, six batteries, a button device with a wire that gives off an electric charge when pressed, a flight simulator program and New York City information cards.
Pol was waiting to be assigned a public defender. Detention and bail hearings were scheduled for Friday.
The U.S. attorney's office in San Juan said Pol was originally from Mayaguez in western Puerto Rico but now lives in Rhode Island. HP
Metro - Puerto Rico man charged with attempting to board flight to US with stun gun, box cutters