Florida man arrested in connection with pipe bombs sent in mail

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(WFLA) – Authorities have arrested a Florida man in connection with a series of pipe bombs that have been mailed to prominent critics of President Trump.

NBC News has learned the man who was arrested is Cesar Sayoc Jr., who is a Florida resident who previously lived in New York.

Authorities tell NBC News they are questioning Sayoc, who is in his 50s, about information he may have about the mail bombs.

There is a heavy FBI presence outside an Auto Zone store in Plantation, Florida. It is not known if the FBI is at the business investigating the suspicious packages.

Video from a news helicopter showed FBI agents focused on a white van in the parking lot. The van had a lot of decals and stickers. FBI agents covered the van with a blue tarp and prepared to haul it away on a flatbed truck.

So far, 12 packages have been discovered.

This morning a 12th suspicious package addressed to James Clapper was discovered at a New York City postal facility.

An 11th suspicious package addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and similar to crude pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, was recovered Friday morning in Florida, the FBI said.

The packages have been sent to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder and others.

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