Leeds & West Yorkshire

Drug dealer had built an improvised bomb in his home

A drug dealer has been convicted of building a home-made bomb.

The improvised explosive device (IED), along with pyrotechnic fuses and components, was discovered by police at Vladimir Madle's home in June.

The 42-year-old, from, Westgate End, Wakefield, was convicted on Thursday of manufacturing drugs and explosives following a week-long trial at Leeds Crown Court. The offences were not terror-related.

He will be sentenced on 20 February.

A search of his house revealed the IED, fuses and other elements, plus small packages containing various chemicals.

Madle pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon, producing a Class A drug and five offences of possessing an explosive substance in suspicious circumstances.

He was found guilty of possessing a Class A drug with intention to supply, producing a Class A drug, and four offences of possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

Det Ch Supt Martin Snowden, head of the counter-terrorism unit, said: "While this was not a terrorism investigation there was still a very real risk to public safety."

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