New Jersey man arrested on firearm, drug-trafficking charges had apparent 'instruction manual for owning a slave'

A New Jersey man facing federal firearm and drug-trafficking charges also possessed white supremacist and neo-Nazi material, including what appeared to be an “instruction manual for owning a slave,” according to court documents.

Last month, New Jersey State Police troopers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving 57-year-old Joseph Rubino, according to a complaint filed in federal court on Aug. 9.

While getting Rubino out of the vehicle to help him get medical treatment, authorities found various firearms and ammunition inside.


Law enforcement later got a warrant to search the vehicle, where they found a semi-automatic handgun, a semi-automatic pistol and a high-capacity magazine, among other firearms-related tools, the complaint said.

Officials also reportedly found a wooden ax handle, a wooden club and a baseball bat.

The discoveries prompted police to search Rubino’s house, where they found 14 additional firearms, four high-capacity magazines, a ballistics vest and other materials.

Officials also found methamphetamine, more than 6 pounds of marijuana, 200 cannabis vape cartridges and multiple marijuana edibles, according to court documents.

In both Rubino’s vehicle and his house, law enforcement found clothing, bumper stickers and other materials with white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols, court documents said. They also found a document called the “[N-word] Owner’s Manual,” which appeared to be an “instruction manual for owning a slave,” according to the complaint.

Rubino was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If convicted, Rubino faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.