Paul James Szaraz, felon denied bail after police find arsenal at his Pasco County home

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge in Tampa has denied bail to a man facing charges after the FBI and sheriff's deputies uncovered an arsenal at his Pasco County home.

But an attorney on Tuesday described Paul James Szaraz as a "prepper" who was preparing to protect himself.

The Tampa Bay Times ( ) reports the cache found at Szaraz's 12-acre residence during a March 22 raid included 12 AK-47-type rifles, a fully automatic MP44 assault rifle, a German-built MG08/15 machine gun, a .50-caliber sniper rifle, four .45-caliber pistols, scores of AK-47 magazines and more than 17,000 rounds of ammunition.

Officials say Szaraz, a felon who can't legally own a gun, was arrested on a federal gun charge.

Prosecutors expressed concern for the safety of the informant to led authorities to the stockpile.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),