A federal judge has denied bail to a man arrested after the FBI and sheriff's deputies said they uncovered an arsenal during a raid at his west Pasco County home.
According to investigators, the cache found at Paul James Szaraz's rural 12-acre residence 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, several AK-47 magazines and more than 17,000 rounds of ammunition.
An attorney described Szaraz as a "prepper" who was preparing to protect himself.
Officials said Szaraz, 47, of 14232 Kings Richards Trail, Hudson, is a felon who can't legally own a gun.
He was arrested March 22 on a federal gun charge and was being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to jail records.
Prosecutors expressed concern for the safety of the informant who led authorities to the stockpile. His dog died the night of the arrest and a dead rat was later found in his mailbox, officials said.