ROXBURY, NJ - A Port Morris man admitted this week he possessed bombs, bomb-making material and being a felon in possession of guns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
The man, Christopher Faschan, 31, pleaded guilty in federal court to an information charging him with one count of unlawful possession of destructive devices and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, Carpentino said.
Faschan was initially charged by local authorities, but the federal government subsequently took control of the case.
Faschan entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in Newark. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 25, said Carpentino.
He said the counts of possession of a destructive device and possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Admits to Making it and Exploding It
Authorities said Faschan, on Feb. 1, drove to the home of a woman he knew in Stanhope and showed her a device he described as a bomb that could be attached to the bottom of a vehicle. He subsequently detonated the device the area of Lake Lackawanna in Stanhope, they said.
In the federal complaint against Faschan, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Justin Benagh said Faschan told the woman that Stanhope “may be a good area to let this thing off.”
Shortly after Faschan drove away, people in Byram reported hearing a bomb explode, Benagh wrote. About two minutes afterward, Faschan called the Stanhope woman and told her, “That’s something that could easily be put under someone’s car. Not that I would do that or anything,” the special agent said.
When he was interviewed by police several days later, Faschan acknowledged igniting the bomb, which he described as weighing two pounds, according to Carpentino. He “explained how he used and mixed potassium perchlorate, aluminum powder and tannerite to make several bombs that were in his home,” Carpentino said.
A court-authorized search of Faschan’s home yielded what police described as a cache of weapons, ammunition and firearms. Carpentino’s office provided this list:
Firearms, Ammunition, and Large Capacity Magazines
- 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic, Model 5, high-capacity handgun
- 9mm Fabrique Nationale Herstal semi-automatic handgun, Model FNX-9
- Mossberg 12-Gauge shotgun, Model 500
- Savage .22 Caliber long rifle, Model 64
- Sturm Ruger .22 Caliber handgun, Model Mark 1
- .556 Caliber ammunition magazine with a 100-round capacity
- Numerous pistol magazines loaded with 9mm hollow-point rounds
Explosive Devices and Precursor Materials
- Device One, which contained explosive material inside a black container with BB fragmentation, and a green fuse protruding from the device in order to initiate the destructive device;
- Device Two, which contained several containers of lighter fluid affixed around explosive material in the center with a fuse protruding from the device.
- Four plastic containers labeled “exploding targets” containing a substance that appears to be Ammonium Nitrate;
- One package labeled “Thermite” containing separated chemicals;
- One container containing dark-colored powder labeled “Indian Dark;”
- One unlabeled plastic bag containing fine, dark-colored powder;
- One clear plastic container labeled “German Ecartk aluminum powder,”
- One plastic container labeled “Potassium Perchlorate;”
- Three mason jars containing a white substance labelled “KC104;”
- One package of Hobby Fuse;
- Two plastic containers containing sphere-shaped, gray energetic pellets;
- One red and white can labeled “FFg super fine black rifle powder;”
- Thirteen homemade MSeries pyrotechnic devices;
- Four improvised pyrotechnic shot shells;
- One Box labelled “10 flash banger rounds 37MM” containing 17 pyrotechnic shot shells;
- One plastic container containing suspected black powder;
- One plastic container containing dark colored fine powder;
- One bag containing electrical initiators.
Carpenito credited the investigative efforts of the Roxbury Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies including the ATF, the FBI, the Byram Police Department, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.