MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian man is facing three charges, after authorities say parts of a potential explosive device were found in his carry-on luggage at the Montreal airport yesterday.
Antony Piazza, who's originally from Iran, was charged today with endangering the safety of an aircraft and other counts. A prosecutor says Piazza could face up to 10 years in prison. He previously served a 10-year sentence under another name in a Canadian prison for smuggling drugs into the country.
His lawyer says Piazza maintains his innocence in the airport case, and that the carry-on bag didn't belong to him. According to the lawyer, police found wires, bullets and a powder inside the bag.
The items were found at a security checkpoint in the U.S. departures area early yesterday morning. The suspect had a plane ticket for Los Angeles. Everyone on the flight was questioned, and luggage was searched as a precaution.
Flights headed for the United States were delayed for several hours.