Minneapolis police arrest man, find trove of weapons

A littering complaint led police to a trove of weapons in a car in north Minneapolis, and now has led to a criminal charge against a 27-year-old Minneapolis man.

Abdullah Alrifahe faces one count of possession of a pistol without a permit in connection with an incident last Thursday evening.

The criminal complaint against him says a man near 44th Street and Humboldt Avenue saw the occupants of a car throw food wrappers out the window shortly after 5 p.m., and later flagged down a passing cop to complain.

The complaint says a dispute erupted, and officers got the two occupants out of the vehicle and searched it. The men told police they were waiting for a package to be delivered to them by a drone.

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The complaint says officers found a hand grenade, two rifles, including what appeared to be a loaded AK-47 in the car, as well as large quantities of ammunition, cellphones, computers and what appeared to be parts of drones.

"Bomb squad personnel called to the scene noted that the variety of the ammunition and large quantity of BBs and electronic devices could be used for bomb making," the complaint said.

The complaint doesn't say if authorities are investigating any further threats posed by the men or what police found in the car.

Alrifahe is scheduled to make an initial appearance in front of Hennepin County District Court Judge Tamara Garcia on Tuesday afternoon.