NEWARK – A private security guard contracted by an affiliate of the National Basketball Association pleaded guilty Tuesday to making several hoax bomb threats to an office of NBA Properties Inc. in Secaucus, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge José L. Linares. Quesada faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced on March 7, 2011.
Quesada pleaded guilty to making several calls to the NBA Properties office from his cell phone over a two-day period beginning July 26, leaving multiple voicemail messages saying that he was going to blow up the building and kill people.
In one July 26 call, Quesada stated: “. . . I put a bomb outside. . . Gonna kill all the NBA. . . . There’s a bomb outside the complex in the parking lot. I put a bomb outside in the bush. No way out. Gonna blow up at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Good luck. . . If you come out, it will blow up . . . ”
Due to the threats, the building was evacuated while law enforcement and K-9 units searched the area for hours. No explosive devices were discovered. Additional security measures were put in place following the threats.
Fishman credited special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the Secaucus Police Department with the investigation. He also praised the Hudson County and Secaucus Offices of Emergency Management for their response to the threat.
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