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Lodi man arrested for possession of explosives, ammo

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James Perman

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:45 am, Wed Jan 5, 2011.

A Lodi man was arrested Sunday for possession of an improvised explosive devise, also known as an IED, and other dangerous materials.

Lodi police arrested 43-year-old James Perman after receiving a tip from a neighbor, according to Sgt. Dale Miller, of the Lodi Police Department's bomb squad.

Perman was booked into Lodi city jail on felony charges of possession of a destructive device, possession of ammunition and child endangerment, and two misdemeanors. He was later transferred to San Joaquin County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Miller said police received a call from a concerned neighbor who saw some hazardous materials while visiting Perman's apartment. The neighbor also told police Perman had spoken of blowing things up, although never mentioning any specific targets.

"From our investigation, it looks like he was experimenting," Miller said.

After obtaining a search warrant, Lodi police arrived at the residence around 11:45 a.m. Sunday and found the small IED, which Miller likened to a pipe bomb. Police also found other components that could be used to make explosives, such as shotgun shells. Although Miller said he was unsure how much damage the IED could cause, it wouldn't have been significant.

"It'd be small scale, based on the size," Miller said. "It would be hard to tell the damage without trying it out."

Perman is scheduled to appear at the Lodi branch of San Joaquin Superior Court Jan. 11.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodi news.com.

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