Phoenix Cops Bust Pot Dealer at His Home, Find Bomb That Could "Level the Entire Residence"

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An unspectacular bust of a low-level pot dealer in North Phoenix got pretty spectacular after police found a powerful bomb at the house.

Phoenix police were serving a warrant at the home of the alleged weed salesman, 21-year-old Todd Robertson, when officers found the device that bomb technicians said "would 'level' the entire residence," according to court documents obtained by New Times.

The evidence seemed to amount to a measly weed bust at first, as officers recovered two mason jars with marijuana totaling less than two ounces, as well as two digital scales.

Robertson seems to be a pretty good bookkeeper, as police also found lists of clients' names, with amounts owed, amounts "fronted," names of people who traded items other than cash for weed, as well as people who were on "payment plans," according to the documents.

Then, police located guns as well as a "homemade bomb which consisted of a jar containing black powder and round pellets with a fuse inserted in the center," court documents state.

Phoenix PD's bomb squad had to respond to the house -- near 11th Avenue and Union Hills Drive -- to take away the bomb, and it informed officers that the device had the capability to "level" the whole house.

Robertson admitted ownership of the bomb but said he didn't make it.

In addition to all that, police also found "heavy-duty body armor" in Robertson's bedroom.

Robertson was arrested at the house, where he lives with his father, and was booked into jail on charges of marijuana possession for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a felony weapons violation.

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16 comments
Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

A Black Powder bomb.... sounds suspiciously like the black powder fizzler... err.. explosive that was supposedly sent to Joe....

I guess Joe is recycling his propaganda bombs now

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

oh my the whole residence?  Really when I was about 11 one of my friends lit a fuse inside a coke bottle full of black powder and all it did was go BOOM and scare me lol

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

yeah troy, that will totally solve the problem. im so sure this guy wouldnt have procured or made a bomb just because it was legal to sell bud. sounds more like another paranoid pot head short a few brain cells too many.

marcy
marcy

A jar of black powder with a fuse in the center isn't going to level a house, maybe a garden shed.

Black powder isn't a "powerful explosive".  TNT explodes at a rate of 6800 m/s, black powder at 400 m/s.  That means if the same amount of energy is released by some amount of TNT vs some amount of black powder the energy is released 17 times a fast by the TNT as the black powder.  You'll get a very powerful shock wave from the TNT and a much less powerful one that is not going to level a house from the black powder.

Just the same, black powder is approved for sporting uses, not for making bombs and even low explosive devices can seriously injure or kill someone so don't do it.




Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Funny how you don't hear often about home brewers and folks with vineyards hoarding guns and building explosives. Maybe we should legalize this crap already.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

This guy was not a weed dealer... he was an idiot who wanted to get busted and therefore did..


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753  makes sense. Seagal has been reusing bombs his whole career (every movie is the same) so maybe he even spent some time training Joe  on the Seagal method too

bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

@marcy also black powder is very unstable and it can blow if its exposed to a lit flame or a spark...even in trace amounts.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Troy Farah  Unless the police have a reason to raid their homes, you're not likely to hear about anybody hoarding guns and explosives.   Don't assume a cause and effect relationship.

marcy
marcy

@Flyer9753 

Being an idiot and being a weed dealer aren't mutually exclusive.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@marcy @Flyer9753  

Granted, but they are not mutually inclusive either

Most of them are actually quite smart, which is why you never hear of them being a dealer, even though MJ is the #1 cash crop in this country.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@marcy @Flyer9753  

Oh very true, to which I would say to them that if they are that worried about having something to do in their jobs, maybe they could concentrate on the real crime in society that is actually harmful to society, instead of just going after low hanging easy fruit...

It's not like LEO's and the associated organizations are running out of other, more serious and harmful crimes to go after, unless murder/rape/robbery/etc crime rates have fallen off to almost zero and no one told me :)

marcy
marcy

@Flyer9753 @marcy 

True, you are more likely to hear about dumb criminals than smart ones.

MJ produces another cash crop, jobs for cops, lawyers, prosecutors and judges. In the case of prosecutors, they are practically beside themselves worrying about their jobs if easy scores like busting small time pot dealers goes away.

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