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Gainesville man arrested for allegedly making explosives, manufacturing marijuana

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A Gainesville man is facing a list of charges for allegedly manufacturing explosives and marijuana in his Pinecrest Drive home.

Zachary Benjamin Ruben, 31, was arrested Wednesday when authorities found two marijuana plants, one pipe bomb, seven firearms and a homemade silencer inside the home, according to Lt. Don Scalia, Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad spokesman.

"As the information developed, we were able to get a search warrant, and when we executed the search warrant, that's when we found the weapons and two pipe bombs. One of (the bombs) had been fully assembled, and one of them had not been," said Scalia.

The narcotics are valued at $9,050.

Ruben is charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacturing an explosive device and possession of a homemade silencer.

Scalia said investigators aren't sure what Ruben's end goal was with the weapons found in his home.

"He had a pretty significant quantity of ammunition and guns," said Scalia.

"There was no indication he was going to sell that stuff. He was just doing it on his own — at least, that's where the investigation is right now. We're still looking into that."

Ruben was booked into the Hall County Jail. No further charges are expected, said Scalia.

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