04/27/2007

Explosives recovered in Ala.; 6 members of 'The Free Militia' arrested

PR Newswire US

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — This morning in DeKalb, Ala., the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) spearheaded the execution of four federal search warrants at the homes of members of a group called "The Free Militia," U.S. Attorney Alice Martin for the Northern District of Alabama announced today.

During the search warrants, ATF, along with state and local law enforcement recovered 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher with live rounds, a grenade launcher, a machine gun, a short barreled shot-gun, two silencers, numerous other firearms, 2500 rounds of ammunition, explosive components, approximately 70 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and commercial fireworks. Also recovered was enough ammunition to fill a U-Haul trailer, and over 120 marijuana plants. While executing the search warrants, officers encountered booby traps at one location.

"Deadly explosives have been removed from these communities due to outstanding investigative efforts," stated U.S. Attorney Martin. "All evidence developed will be presented quickly to a federal grand jury. We will also ask that those arrested be detained without bond."

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