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Fla. man denied bail after raid turns up arsenal

Posted at 8:16 AM, Apr 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-03 04:18:40-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge in Tampa has denied bail to a man facing charges after the FBI and sheriff's deputies uncovered an arsenal at his Pasco County home.


      But an attorney on Tuesday described Paul James Szaraz as a "prepper" who was preparing to protect himself.


      The Tampa Bay Times reports the cache found at Szaraz's 12-acre residence during a March 22 raid included 12 AK-47-type rifles, a fully automatic MP44 assault rifle, a German-built MG08/15 machine gun, a .50-caliber sniper rifle, four .45-caliber pistols, scores of AK-47 magazines and more than 17,000 rounds of ammunition.


      Officials say Szaraz, a felon who can't legally own a gun, was arrested on a federal gun charge.


      Prosecutors expressed concern for the safety of the informant to led authorities to the stockpile.