ROBESON TWP., Pa. - The search of a Berks County property led to a potentially explosive find for state and federal law enforcement authorities.
Agents with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Pennsylvania State Police vice unit executed a warrant to search 65 Fry Rd. in Robeson Township on Thursday.
What they found, according to court documents, included six pipe bombs, 43 smaller explosive devices made from empty CO2 containers, five cans of black powder and a length of fuse.
The state police hazardous materials and explosives unit responded to the home and transported the bombs from the scene in a containment vessel.
Authorities said they also discovered 59 live marijuana plants growing both inside and outside the home and 11 small bags of processed marijuana in a kitchen cabinet.
The man who lives alone at the home, Barry Martorana, was not there at the time of the search, but he later admitted to authorities that he built the explosive devices, which he referred to as "firecrackers," to set them off and make noise, according to court documents. He also said he was growing the marijuana plants for his personal use.
Martorana, 47, was charged with six counts of unlawful possession or manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction and two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $30,000 bail.
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