Buford "Bucky" Rogers, the 24-year-old Montevideo, Minn., man arrested after a police raid on his family's property turned up weapons, is due in court Wednesday.
The FBI and other agencies on Friday raided a trailer that serves as a home base for the anti-government Black Snake militia, a small loose-knit group of family and friends. Officials seized a Romanian assault rifle and other guns, suspected pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails. Rogers' parents and younger brother live in the trailer, but he lives across town.
The FBI says the potentially deadly explosives were part of a plot for use in a terrorist attack against Montevideo police, the Star Tribune notes.
But investigators have not yet said exactly what Rogers said or did to prompt the raid, the Star Tribune reports. The raid happened Friday because “we had to act,” Montivideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said, without elaborating, the Star Tribune reports.
His family says Rogers is not guilty of anything except anti-government rhetoric in the city of about 5,000 people roughly 130 miles west of Minneapolis.
“He speaks his piece,” his father Jeffrey Rogers told the Star Tribune. “And the government don’t like people that speak their piece.”
Rogers is charged with a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday afternoon, appearing in front of a federal magistrate in St. Paul.
Rogers has been appointed a federal defender and he was being held pending Wednesday's hearing because of "serious concerns" raised in the criminal complaint.