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Man facing weapons charges had map of base

Associated Press / January 27, 2010

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. - The federal government says a man accused of keeping an arsenal in a New Jersey motel room had a map of the Army’s Fort Drum base in upstate New York.

The US attorney’s office in Newark yesterday charged 43-year-old Lloyd Woodson of Reston, Va., with a weapons offense.

He was already hit Monday with several state weapons charges after his arrest in Branchburg., N.J.

Court papers do not say whether he was believed to be planning an attack.

Woodson served for a time in the Navy in the 1980s or ’90s, but it’s not clear whether he has any connection to the fort.

The government papers say he was convicted of a weapons offense in 1997 in New York.

A New Jersey judge set bail yesterday at $75,000 for Woodson, who was found with rifles, a grenade launcher, a night-vision scope, and a map of the US military facility.

Woodson was arrested in Branchburg early Monday by police responding to a complaint about a suspicious person.

A Somerset County prosecutor said Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a semiautomatic rifle when officers encountered him Monday.