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Explosives case goes federal

By Walter Geiger One of two men charged here last year with possession of explosive devices, multiple weapons and a quantity of marijuana has been indicted in federal court while the other has been cleared. Seth Bennon Roberts, 25, was indicted February 13 in U. S. District Court in Macon on one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device. All local charges against Roberts and his codefendant, Wesley Robert Peters, 23, were dismissed by the district attorney’s office after the case went federal. Peters is not named in the federal indictment. Roberts and Peters were arrested May 15, 2012 after Lamar County deputies, officers of the Department of Natural Resources and the GBI bomb squad allegedly found them in possession of multiple firearms and eight explosive devices – two of which were loaded with tacks and nails. Such devices are considered anti-personnel explosives. The alleged marijuana (two pounds found in a lock box and more than an ounce found in a bag), the makings for more pipe bombs and drug-related paraphernalia were found in their residence at 170 Lamar County Line Road, Griffin. Roberts was the owner of the residence, according to district attorney Richard Milam.

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