November 18, 2016

Monroe County man guilty of selling explosives

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ronald Scheu, 48, of Kunkletown, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing explosives.

Scheu distributed 119 M-class devices, 26 class 1.3 mortars, and one aerial shell on or about April 28, 2016, without the appropriate license or permit.  During the hearing, Scheu admitted to maintaining a storage locker filled with hundreds of pounds of explosives, and to selling professional grade explosives without an appropriate license.  He also admitted to manufacturing flash powder and explosives at his residence.

The plea remains subject to approval by United States District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy.  As a condition of his pre-sentencing release, Scheu was ordered to dispose of all firearms in his possession.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the charge is 10 years of imprisonment.

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