Drugs, weapons and a grenade in the fridge lead to charges against Puyallup man

Staff writerJune 27, 2014 

The contraband haul was a doozy: 480 grams of meth, 250 grams of heroin, 148 pills, $13,000 in cash, five loaded handguns, a functional sub-machine gun, a shotgun and a live hand grenade in the refrigerator.

That was enough for Pierce County prosecutors to charge Puyallup resident Joshua Lobben with multiple counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, and additional counts of illegal weapons possession, along with one count of possessing an explosive device.

Lobben, 26, was arraigned Friday. He pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $1.5 million.

According to charging papers filed by deputy prosecuting attorney William Hurney, Lobben was arrested Wednesday by a multi-county narcotics task force.

Lobben admitted selling drugs. He said he kept only enough for personal use. He warned police about the grenade. The Washington State Patrol bomb squad took charge of it.

Lobben has three prior felony convictions, including a 2007 charge of assault.

He pleaded guilty to lesser charges in that case, but the old conviction adds a stinger to his new woes: it was illegal for him to possess firearms; investigators said they found seven of them.

Lobben’s trial is tentatively set for Aug. 18.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486 sean.robinson@thenewstribune.com @seanrobinsonTNT

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