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Atlantic County Man Admits Possessing Destructive Devices

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted possessing four destructive devices, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Robert J. Moser, 32, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Edward S. Kiel to an information charging him with possessing destructive devices.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On March 17, 2023, law enforcement officers responded to Moser’s residence to assist him after he overdosed on drugs. Officers recovered at least four destructive devices in Moser’s bedroom. All four destructive devices contained explosive powder with a fuse sticking out of each device. One of the destructive devices contained metal pieces, the second destructive device contained a metal nail and a protruding metal screw hook, the third destructive device contained a protruding metal screw hook, and the fourth destructive device contained five metal dart tips.  Moser admitted that the four destructive devices were operable weapons. 

The charge to which Moser pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for November 13, 2024.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Ross A. Marchetti; officers of the Township of Hamilton Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory K. Ciambrone; members of the Atlantic City Police Department Bomb Squad, under the direction of Chief James A. Sarkos; and personnel from the Atlantic City Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William Reynolds, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

Updated July 8, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-257