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Sussex County man admits unlawfully possessing weapons, marijuana

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A Sussex county man appeared in court Thursday on charges that he possessed an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, and marijuana, according to acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

Joseph Rubino, 59, of Lafayette Township pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, Honig said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, on July 24, 2019, following a motor vehicle accident, officers with the New Jersey State Police observed numerous weapons and ammunition inside Rubino’s crashed vehicle. After executing court-authorized search warrants on Rubino’s vehicle and residence, law enforcement recovered an arsenal of weapons and ammunition from Rubino’s car and house, including:

  • An Intratec Arms Model TEC-DC9 semi-automatic assault handgun
  • A Cobray Arms Mac-11 9mm semi-automatic assault pistol with a high capacity magazine
  • A Keltec CMR30 .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle loaded with sixteen (16) .22 caliber hollow-point cartridges
  • A High Standard Derringer .22 caliber double-barrel handgun
  • A Polymer 80 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • An Ithaca M-66 20-gauge single shotgun
  • A Remington Model 700 .223 caliber bold action rifle with scope
  • A Thompson Center .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle with scope
  • A Remington Model 870 Wingmaster 12-gauge pump shotgun
  • A New England Firearms 20-gauge single shot shotgun
  • A Remington Model 760 .300 Savage pump rifle
  • A Glenfield Mod 60 .22 LR caliber semi-automatic rifle
  • Two sawed-off double-barrel shotgun barrels
  • Several high-capacity magazines
  • Numerous silencers
  • An assault rifle scope
  • A grenade launcher
  • A ballistics vest
  • Numerous additional ammunitions of various calibers

In addition to the firearms and ammunition, law enforcement recovered approximately 2.5 kilograms of marijuana from Rubino’s house, Honig said.

The count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross profits or other proceeds to the defendant, whichever is greatest. The count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross profit or pecuniary loss, whichever is greatest. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2021.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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