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Milford Township Man Charged with Possessing Bombs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-07-03

            A Milford Township man could face a significant jail sentence after authorities allegedly discovered four improvised explosive device at his home.

            On Thursday, June 28, David W. Surman Jr., 30, of Old Bethlehem Pike, was

David W. Surman, Jr. is led from District Court

in Richland Township after his arraignment.

arrested and charged with four counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon as well as one count each of illegal possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

            Surman was charged as a result of an investigation into explosions reported in the upper area of Bucks County since April 1, according to an email from Larry King, the director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. The investigation into the explosions is ongoing, according to Matt Weintraub, the Bucks County district attorney.

            "This is a long time coming," Weintraub said during a June 28 news conference. 

            State troopers from the Dublin barracks arrested Surman at his residence in the early morning hours on June 28 while law enforcement officials served a sealed search warrant, according to Weintraub.

            Law enforcement officials from the Montgomery County Bomb Squad and the State Police, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also served a similar warrant at the Consolidated Chemical & Solvents LLC, located in the 2200 block of Spinnerstown Road, which Surman owns and where he serves as president.

            According to Weintraub, the charge of unlawful possession of four IED's could earn the defendant a prison sentence of between 10 and 20 years. He described one of the bombs as 18-inches long with four fuses as a weapon of mass destruction. "It was ready to be detonated," he said.

            The devices consisted of a container, a fuse and an explosive material, according to the police criminal complaint filed in the New Britain court of District Judge Regina Armitage. It is believed that two of the devices contain erythritol tetranitrate, and two contain flash powder.  

            Gregg Shore, the first assistant district attorney, stated during an arraignment before District Judge Lisa Gaier, that law enforcement officials also removed ten firearms and suspected narcotics, possibly methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia from Surman's bedroom. Law enforcement officials also displayed two pages with drawings and anti-Semitic content they claimed were seized from the defendant.

            "I don't want to speculate on what they mean," Weintraub told the assembled media at the Richland Township Police Department.  "I'll let you draw your own conclusions."

            Gaier set bail in the case at ten percent of $750,000 cash. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 10 before Armitage. The judge set several conditions, including no contact with his girlfriend – identified by name during the hearing – no possession of firearms, no possession of chemicals that can be utilized as a weapon of mass destruction, stay off the premises of his business, no contact with any employees with the exception of his mother, and surrender of his passport. W. Joshua Buchanan, Surman's defense attorney, told the judge that his client's passport has expired. Weintraub said the girlfriend, who was living with Surman at his residence on Old Bethlehem Pike, has been cooperating with authorities and has not been charged.

            Surman, who stood the entire length of the 22-minute hearing next to his seat as the defense table wearing handcuffs and wearing street clothes, provided one-word answers to a series of procedural questions from the judge. The defendant posted $75,000 cash bail on Friday, June 29, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            On May 10, 2017, Surman pleaded guilty to a pair of summary offenses for Disorderly Conduct-Unreasonable Noise on April 22, 2017 before Armitage, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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