SAN LEANDRO — A man arrested on suspicion of illegal possession and sales of fireworks could spend the Fourth of July holiday in county jail. He has been there since June 26.
Law enforcement accuses the man in custody of peddling dangerous explosives and launchers. These collectively weighing nearly 3,500 pounds. The suspect sold these illegally on the streets.
The confiscated cache is considered extremely dangerous because it consists of commercial grade explosives that require a license or permit for safe handling, and because of the high risk of injuries and igniting wildfires.
Within Alameda County, only the cities of Dublin, Newark and Union City permit the sale of state-approved fireworks, according to Cal Fire.
Authorities received a tip from a concerned resident about alleged fireworks sales linked to a storage unit at Extra Space Storage located at 2000 Doolittle Road.
The information resulted in the suspect’s arrest, followed by a law enforcement raid at the self-storage facility. There they discovered the large cache of fireworks.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad responded with police during a raid. Then took possession of the fireworks for proper disposal later.
San Leandro officers arrested Hayward resident 45-year-old Cong Truong Dihn on June 26 at 8 p.m. Dihn faces charges of committing four felonies related to illegal possession and sales of fireworks.
Additionally, detectives charged Dihn with violation of his terms of parole from a previous conviction. Consequently, he remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with bond denied.