Bosque Farms officers find explosives in car trunk; LL man arrested
An attentive Bosque Farms police officer recovered military grade explosives following a traffic stop Monday.
Bosque Farms Police Chief Greg Jones said Officer John Valdez saw a car weaving in and out of traffic Monday.
“It seemed like the driver was running away,” Jones said.
Valdez eventually stopped the vehicle and, after detecting a strong odor of marijuana, searched the car, Jones said.
He said the officer found C-4, detonating cord, an ignition system and shotgun shells in the trunk. The C-4 and cord are military grade and police believe they may be stolen.
The driver, 23-year-old Jacob Diaz of Los Lunas, also told police he grows marijuana. Officers later found two plants at his mother’s house in Los Lunas, where he moved about a week ago.
“He led us to believe he was growing a lot more than the two plants we found,” Jones said. “We think he is growing more somewhere else, we just don’t know where.”
Diaz is charged with possession of explosives and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives is reviewing the case for possible federal charges.
Jones credited Valdez with picking up on the suspicious driving exhibited by Diaz. He said officers from Isleta, Los Lunas and the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office aided in the investigation, as well as state police, who provided a K-9 officer and explosive ordnance disposal specialists.
“We’ve got a good brotherhood,” Jones said. “We work well together down here.”
Diaz was being held on a $16,000 cash surety bond at the Valencia County Detention Center Tuesday.
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