Tuesday, May 8, 2012

American Front Members Arrested for hate crimes and paramilitary weapons training

Local police and federal authorities in Florida have arrested eight members of a white supremacist group, including three leaders, on hate crime and conspiracy, according to police.

Three of the people arrested, Marcus Faella, his wife Patricia Faella, and Mark McGowan, are leaders of the local American Front organization. The rest are low-ranking members.

McGowan, 29, and his wife Jennifer, 25, are also accused of giving paramilitary weapons training, knowing the new skills were likely to be used to fight the government, authorities say.

The arrests over the weekend were the second wave of busts in a major FBI investigation of white supremacist groups in central Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported.

The other three arrested over the weekend were: Diane Stevens, 28, Kent McLellan, 22, and Paul Jackson, 25.
Christopher Brooks, 27, an ex-con was arrested Monday. Police are also searching for his friend, Richard 'Swamp Nazi' Stockdale.

All of them belong to American Front in St Cloud, Florida, an organization that bills its mission as 'religious and cultural preservation of the European people,' according to the Orlando Sentinel. Read More