By Jillian Risberg
A Sussex County man won’t be able to spread his hateful or violent ideologies any time soon after being charged with possessing an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, drugs, white supremacist and racially charged propaganda.
Joseph Rubino, of Lafayette Township, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, US Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Tuesday morning.
The 57-year-old is scheduled to appear this afternoon before US Magistrate Judge James Clark III.
New Jersey State Police first happened upon Rubino’s extensive stash inside his crashed car following a July 24 single-vehicle accident on Route 517 in Allamuchy.
Rubino and his passenger, Kenneth Coe, of Bayonne were seriously injured. Both men were airlifted to Morristown Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident occurred about 9:45am, half a mile from the Route 80 entrance ramp, according to Sgt. Lawrence Peel.
For unknown reasons, Rubino lost control of his white Chevy Express. The van — hauling a trailer ran off the road and struck a tree on the southbound side of Route 517.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
After executing court-authorized search warrants on Rubino’s car and house, law enforcement recovered:
• Intratec Arms Model TEC-DC9 semi-automatic assault handgun
• Cobray Arms Mac-11 9mm semi-automatic assault pistol with high-capacity magazine
• Keltec CMR30 .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle loaded with 16 .22 caliber hollow-point
• High Standard Derringer .22 caliber double-barrel handgun
• Polymer 80 9mm semi-automatic handgun
• Ithaca M-66 20-gauge single shotgun
• Remington Model 700 .223 caliber bold action rifle with scope
• Thompson Center .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle with scope
• Remington Model 870 Wingmaster 12-gauge pump shotgun
• New England Firearms 20-gauge single shot shotgun
• Remington Model 760 .300 Savage pump rifle
• Glenfield Mod 60 .22 LR caliber semi-automatic rifle
• Two sawed-off double-barrel shotgun barrels
• Several high-capacity magazines
• Numerous silencers
• An assault rifle scope
• A grenade launcher
• A ballistics vest; and numerous additional ammunition of various calibers
According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, law enforcement also recovered approximately 70 grams of meth, seven kilograms of marijuana, and 200 marijuana vape cartridges from Rubino’s home.
The Lafayette man was also in possession of a box containing “SS Bolts” clothing and bumper stickers, a typical white supremacist/neo-Nazi symbol, along with a “N****r Owner’s Manual,” a racist instruction handbook for owning a slave.
Rubino is looking at a potential 40 years in lockup on the possession of meth with intent to distribute charge; 10 years on the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge and life in prison on the count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Vera Varshavsky of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.
And back in May Rubino’s passenger, Coe, of Bayonne was arrested by Hasbrouck Heights Police on weapons and drug charges. See story here https://www.tapinto.net/articles/hasbrouck-heights-police-arrest-bayonne-man-on-weapons-and-drug-charges
Officers stopped the 55-year-old for motor vehicle infractions on Passaic Avenue. A roadside investigation recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson 380 handgun, multiple vials of crystal meth, 12 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and knives.
Coe was charged with the handgun possession, possession of weapons, possession of CDS and drug paraphernalia, and his vehicle was impounded.