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Potential bomb-making materials found in car at NAS North Island gate, man taken into custody

Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 21:36:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A driver was taken into custody Tuesday after items described as potential bomb-making materials were found during a search of his car at the main gate to Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado.

A base spokesperson told ABC 10News that a man who was the subject of an NCIS-related investigation was spotted at the 3rd Street gate to the base at around 9 a.m.

After NCIS officials were notified, a security officer at the gate questioned the driver and then conducted a search of the man’s vehicle.

According to the base spokesperson, potential bomb-making materials were discovered inside the car.

Responding NCIS officials spoke to the driver, and he was eventually taken into custody. According to the base, he was identified as a sailor.

No further information on the investigation was made available.

According to Coronado Police, the main gate reopened around 3 p.m.

“I would like to thank all the inter-agency partners for helping,” CAPT. Dwight “Woody” Clemons, NBC Commanding Officer, said. “We train to these types of scenarios on a regular basis. A recent example of that is our annual Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain drill.”