Edinburg man facing federal explosives, weapons charges

Record-Courier staff report Published:

An Edinburg man has been indicted on three federal charges for, allegedly, improperly storing explosives, possessing an unregistered firearm and possessing a firearm with the serial number removed.

Samuel Oaks, 61, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

According to Dettelbach's office, the case was investigated by the Youngstown Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The indictment, which is only a charge and not evidence of guilt, alleges that on or about Dec. 4, 2012, Oaks "knowingly improperly and illegally" stored nine Dupont electronic detonators/blasting caps at a Portage County residence.

Two additional charges allege that on or about Dec. 19, 2012, Oaks possessed an FMJ model M-11 9mm submachine gun, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and which had an "obliterated" serial number, according to Dettelbach's office.

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