American Citizen Arrested for Bringing Fake Explosive to Pearson Airport


Published April 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm


Some travelers experienced delays at Pearson Airport after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered a mock Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a traveler’s luggage.

Now, Peel police have announced that officers from the Airport Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have arrested and charged an American man in connection with the security breach.

On Thursday, April 6, police were called to help the CBP investigate an incident that involved a passenger traveling to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Police allege that investigation revealed a mock IED in the accused’s suitcase. The Peel police explosives unit examined the device and determined that it was not a real explosive.

Now, 58-year-old American citizen Joseph Galaska has been arrested and charged with mischief. Galaska is being held for a bail hearing. The hearing date is to be determined.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Airport Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3133. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

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