Three members of a ‘patriot’ border militia group have been arrested after being caught in an FBI sting operation.
Parris Frazier, Robert Deatherage and Erik Foster were charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine after they were caught in the FBI sting operation which spanned over six months, involving an undercover agent, a plot to steal drugs and money from cartel smugglers, an offer of murder for hire and a high speed chase through the streets of Phoenix.
Deatherage and Frazier are members of a militia called Arizona Special Operations Group who also provided security for Jon Ritzheimer, the organizer of a recent anti-Muslim rally outside a Phoenix mosque.
According to WorldNow, there is no indication Ritzheimer had anything to do with the plot to steal cartel drugs and cash.
“Frazier said he had a small group of Patriots that he trusted and they were trying to take care of (steal) anything that came up out of Mexico (drugs) or was going back into Mexico (bulk cash), but they preferred the cash loads going south. Frazier told the UCE that if he provided decent intel on stuff going south (bulk cash), Frazier would give the UCE a percentage of whatever is taken,” the complaint states.
The undercover agent made contact with Frazier several more times over the next six months, setting up fictitious drug and cash “rips” that were monitored by the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI, KPHO reports.
According to the complaint, Frazier reportedly offered to kill anyone the undercover agent wanted “taken out.”
Under video surveillance during the final FBI sting, the three heavily armed men broke into a warehouse in which the men were told 10 kilos of cocaine would be there.
The plot was to steal the drugs and sell them back to the undercover agent but once the men broke into the warehouse, an FBI SWAT team moved in.
The three suspects then sped off in a vehicle.
Authorities were concerned over safety concerns so they called off the chase but dispatched an air unit to follow the men.
The three men were found in Frazier’s girlfriend’s apartment and taken into custody.
All three men are being held without bond because they pose a danger to the community.
A U.S. District Court Order of Detention describes Frazier as “a danger to witnesses and the community, based upon his threats of murder, amassed weapons and ammunition, and his connections to a militia community.”
Watch courtesy of KPHO:
The group’s Facebook page ironically posted a link to an article in May titled, ‘Borderland Beat: The New Era Of Cartels.’
Two years ago, Deatherage and another militia member, Richard Malley, were accused of holding a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy at gunpoint while on patrol in the desert.
During that incident, both heavily armed men were dressed in camouflage while ‘yelling commands’ at the deputy.
When the deputy identified himself as law enforcement, pointing out the “word sheriff across his chest,” he ordered the militia member to drop his weapon, but in response, Malley said, “You aren’t taking my weapons.”
Malley was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .45 caliber handgun and a knife.
Deatherage was not charged, but Malley was prosecuted.
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