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Pennsylvania man sentenced for possessing firearms while using drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Seth Grim, 21, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years in federal prison.

In December 2014, Grim pleaded guilty to being an unlawful user of drugs in possession of firearms.

On Aug. 22, 2014, Grim was involved in a single vehicle accident on I-79 near Amma, Roane County, West Virginia.

The Roane County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident, and once on scene a deputy observed fuses running from cardboard tubes inside a bag. The discovery led to the closure of I-79 in the vicinity of the accident while the explosives were safely removed from Grim’s vehicle.

Further search of the vehicle uncovered three semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines, five explosive devices, a bullet proof vest, a gas mask and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Around five ounces of marijuana were also found, which Grim admitted was for his personal use. As an illegal drug user, Grim was prohibited from possessing firearms.

At the time of the accident Grim was moving from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. His vehicle was doubling as his moving van, and in addition to the drugs, firearms, tactical gear and explosives, he was also transporting all his personal belongings, which included more than 30 chickens and his dog.

United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence.

The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Steven I. Loew handled the prosecution.


Updated January 8, 2016