A 48-year-old man was convicted Monday of possession of bomb-making materials found in his car during a traffic stop in Brea last year.

Saleh Ali, who acted as his own attorney, was convicted of two counts each of use of a destructive device with the intent to injure, sale and transportation of a destructive device and possession of a destructive device on a public highway, along with one count of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device.

He is scheduled to be sentenced March 25.

Ali was arrested last Sept. 18, after a Brea police officer pulled him over about 9 p.m. for having an expired registration tag on his vehicle.

“During the traffic stop, the officer keyed in on a couple of suspicious items in the car he believed to be an explosive device,” Brea police Lt. Adam Hawley said then. “He detained the driver out of an abundance of caution, locked down a little bit of the area and called out sheriff’s bomb squad deputies.”

The bomb squad destroyed the suspected explosive devices at the scene, Hawley said.

Police also alerted the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, a coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Hawley said.

Ali has two prior convictions in June 2003 in Passaic County, New Jersey, for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and making terrorist threats, according to court records.

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