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Posted on: June 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Man with grenade charged for drugs and weapons

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Joshua Lobben, 26, with five counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count each of possession of an explosive device and unlawful possession of a machine gun, and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. Lobben was arraigned today and is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

“Drugs, guns and grenades are a bad mix,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On June 25, 2014, a narcotics task force served a search warrant at Lobben’s Puyallup residence. Lobben, who was arrested at the scene, admitted to selling narcotics. He warned officers that there was a hand grenade inside his bedroom refrigerator.

The State Patrol Bomb Squad safely removed the live hand grenade from the refrigerator. Officers located a safe which contained 480 grams of methamphetamine, 250 grams of heroin, 77 Ecstasy pills, 50 roxicodone pills, 21 hydrocodone pills, packaging materials, a digital scale and $13,000 cash. They also found a MP-5 sub-machine gun with the selector switch set to “full-auto.” On Lobben’s bed, officers located notes and records related to drug sales.

Lobben has three prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing or controlling firearms.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Heather Songer
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
[email protected]

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