Pottstown Man Investigated for ‘Explosive’ Device

SKIPPACK PA – A 36-year-old Pottstown man, who has not yet been identified by name, is being investigated on prospective charges of possessing or manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction, according to a Wednesday (Oct. 20, 2021) public information release from the Pennsylvania State Police at its Troop K Barracks in Skippack.

The weapon was described as “an object that is similar to a home-made explosive device.” Troopers said they are also considering drug-related charges against the suspect.

The individual was the subject of a traffic stop Friday (Oct. 15) at 11:05 a.m. in the 100 block of Center Point Lane, near its intersection with Route 73 in Worcester Township, the report stated.

Troopers did not explain why they initiated the stop, but alleged that during its course they found “multiple indicators of suspicious activity,” and received an “admission to illegal substance in the vehicle.” Both prompted them to have the vehicle towed to the state police impound lot at Skippack, and then sought and won approval for a search warrant.

Their search, conducted the following day (Oct. 16; Saturday) “yielded multiple illegal substances, drug paraphernalia,” and the alleged weapon, the report added.

As of the report’s distribution the investigation remained in progress, and “a criminal complaint” had not yet been filed in what troopers said would be the Harleysville court of Magisterial District Justice Albert J. Augustine.

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