Affidavit: 2 men with supremacist ties had weapons

  • Article by: AMY FORLITI
  • Associated Press
  • April 27, 2012 - 12:52 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - A federal affidavit says two Minnesota men with ties to white supremacist groups amassed several weapons as part of a plan to attack the government, minorities and others.

The FBI began investigating 31-year-old Samuel Johnson of Austin and 42-year-old Joseph Thomas of Mendota Heights in 2010.

Johnson is indicted on weapons charges, and Thomas faces drug charges.

According to an FBI affidavit unsealed this week, Johnson is a former member and Minnesota leader of the National Socialist Movement. He formed his own supremacist group and was planning to recruit others to attack the government and minorities.

The affidavit says Thomas told an undercover agent he also tried to get explosives and automatic weapons to attack "left-wing individuals."

Messages left for their attorneys were not immediately returned.

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