FBI Arrests Leader Of Civilian Border Militia Who Detained Migrant Families, Guess Who They Really Wanted To Target…
On Saturday, the FBI arrested a man who is said to be the leader of a right-wing militia along the southern border of New Mexico that has been detaining migrant families with weapons.
The FBI stated that “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families. Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”
According to NPR,
The alleged leader of an armed militia group that has intercepted and detained migrant families along the southern border in New Mexico was charged with federal firearms offenses on Monday.
Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, N.M., appeared in federal court in Las Cruces after his arrest on Saturday on charges of illegally possessing firearms as a felon.
A criminal complaint filed by the FBI states that Hopkins, also known as Johnny Horton Jr., was in possession of nine firearms and ammunition in his northern New Mexico home in Nov. 2017. He had three prior felony convictions dating back to 1996, including impersonating a peace officer in the state of Oregon in 2006, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The funny thing is that Hopkins wasn’t actually being arrested over his involvement with this border militia. The reason he was arrested in because he has been under FBI investigation after the FBI received reports of people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros being targeted by Hopkins and the militia.
The New York Times reports,
Mr. Hopkins, whose residence is in Flora Vista in northwest New Mexico, had already come under the scrutiny of groups tracking right-wing militias around the United States. He was convicted in 2006 for impersonating an officer and for felony firearm possession, according to The Daily Beast.
Despite the recent criticism over its operations in New Mexico, the militia led by Mr. Hopkins maintains a wide reach on Facebook and YouTube.
Speaking to someone using a voice distorter while wearing a gas mask, Mr. Hopkins appeared on a right-wing extremist YouTube channel in November. He claimed to be in touch with President Trump after a chance meeting at a Las Vegas casino.
Hopkins looks to be facing a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.