Federal investigators started an investigation into three George Mason University students who were arrested last week after the school’s police department discovered drugs and bomb-making materials during a dorm search.
After a ‘small amount’ of bomb-making material was found in the Fairfax, Virginia, dorm room on March 16, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced this week that it would take part in an investigation.
The identities of the adult students are not being released until investigators confirm ‘these individuals aren’t linked to something else’, Capt Brian Cozby of George Mason University’s Department of Police and Public Safety told Fox News on Tuesday.
‘There was no threat ever to that building or to the university as a whole,’ he said. ‘We are working with local and federal agencies, including the joint task force and ATF.’
George Mason University Police searched the room on March 16 after it was reported that flames were shooting out of the dorm’s window, according to court documents.
Police found a leafy green substance, match books, shaved match heads, a mortar and pestle, lighter fluid, hand sanitizer, candles and a PVC pipe, search warrants said.