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Sussex County man charged with unlawfully possessing arsenal

NEWARK, NJ (Essex County) – A Sussex County man has been charged with possessing an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, along with white supremacist and racist propaganda, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Joseph Rubino, 57, of Lafayette Township was charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He will appear in Newark federal court at a date to be determined, Carpenito 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 allegedly observed numerous weapons and ammunition inside Rubino’s crashed vehicle, Carpenito said.

After executing court-authorized warrants to search Rubino’s vehicle and residence, law enforcement recovered from Rubino’s car and house the following:

• Intratec Arms Model TEC-DC9 semi-automatic assault handgun
• Cobray Arms Mac-11 9mm semi-automatic assault pistol with a high-capacity magazine
• Keltec CMR30 .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle loaded with 16 .22 caliber hollow-point cartridges
• High Standard Derringer .22 caliber double-barrel handgun
• Polymer 80 9mm semi-automatic handgun
• Ithaca M-66 20-gauge single shotgun
• Remington Model 700 .223 caliber bold action rifle with scope
• Thompson Center .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle with scope
• Remington Model 870 Wingmaster 12-gauge pump shotgun
• New England Firearms 20-gauge single shot shotgun
• Remington Model 760 .300 Savage pump rifle
• 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 ammunition of various calibers

In addition to the firearms and ammunition, law enforcement recovered approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine, seven kilograms of marijuana, and 200 marijuana vape cartridges from Rubino’s house, Carpenito said.

Rubino was also allegedly in possession of a box containing clothing and bumper stickers with “SS Bolts,” which are common white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols, as well as a document entitled “N****r Owner’s Manual,” containing racist material and purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave, Carpenito said.

The count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is punishable by a maximum of 40 years in prison; the count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison; and the count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime is punishable by a maximum of life in prison.

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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