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Pennsylvania man used drone to drop explosives on ex-girlfriend’s property: prosecutors

2019-09-18

A Pennsylvania man who was arrested in June for a series of explosions was aiming for his ex-girlfriend’s house, prosecutors said this week.

Jason Muzzicato, a Washington Township man, was ordered to stay behind bars by a federal judge Monday after prosecutors accused him of dropping the explosives from a drone hovering over his ex’s property,

An attorney for Muzzicato denies that his client used a drone, according to the Morning Call.

“We don’t have any conclusive evidence and when my client was interviewed by the FBI he denied that,” John Waldron said.

Muzzicato, 44, was originally arrested in late June after being linked to several of the explosions. He was charged with possession of firearms by a person subject to a court order restraining him from harassing, stalking and threatening an intimate partner and possession of an unregistered destructive device.

He tested positive for meth at the time of his arrest, officials said.

During a warrant search, officials found a drone, seven improvised explosive devices and 10 firearms.

In September, the Department of Justice additionally charged Muzzicato with possession of firearms by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and knowingly operating an aircraft when not registered.

“It does not take much imagination to conjure up the enormous harm that can result from the combination of illegal firearms, explosives, and drone aircrafts,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a statement. “Adding methamphetamine and a disregard of court orders to the mix only serves to heighten the risk. Here the defendant’s alleged behavior violated the law and threatened public safety.”

If convicted, Muzzicato could face up to 33 years in prison.