Undocumented Canadian Neo-Nazi Arrested Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally, Report Says

Andrew Harrer  Bloomberg  Andrew Harrer  Bloomberg The FBI has arrested alleged members of a white supremacist group

The three men are expected to make their first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Maryland.

Mathews, 27, was one of three people arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecutors said they found evidence of the conspiracy in an encrypted chatroom used by members of The Base.

At the time Mathews was revealed as a recruiter for The Base, he was a combat engineer with a leadership position as a master corporal in the Canadian Army Reserves, 38 Canadian Brigade Group, and was living in Beausejour. The military, which had been investigating his association with right-wing extremist views, subsequently fast-tracked his release, while the RCMP were reportedly conducting their own investigation. August 30, Lemley and Bilbrough allegedly drove from Maryland to MI to pick up Mathews, and all three men returned to Maryland August 31.

RCMP swarmed his home in Beausejour, Man., northeast of Winnipeg, on August 19.

Police seized a number of firearms but no charges were laid.

Mathews illegally crossed the USA border near Minnesota in August, according to court papers. Lemley previously served in the U.S. Army.

Mathews and Lemley were arrested in DE and Bilbrough was arrested in Maryland, according to Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney's office in Maryland.

All three returned to Maryland the following day. Mr. Mathews and Mr. Lemley later rented an apartment in Delaware.

Mathews is alleged to have made his way to MI. The three men taken into custody had planned to travel, armed with guns, to Richmond, Va., to participate in a protest against gun control measures.

The Base seeks to establish small cells in as many regions as possible in order to carry out violent attacks and instigate a race war to destabilize society and hasten the demise of the liberal-democratic order.

A self-identified white supremacist rammed his auto into the counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton, Maryland, is charged with " transporting and harboring aliens".

Tuesday's complaint charges Mathews, 27, and Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, Maryland, with transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony.

Both Lemley and Bilbrough face charges for transporting and harbouring Mathews, while Lemley is charged with transporting a machine gun in interstate commerce and for providing a firearm and ammunition to Mathews and transporting a firearm with the intent to commit a felony.

A spokesperson for Canada's Department of National Defence declined to comment on Mathews' arrest.

The charges against Mathews were laid out in a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland on Thursday, which alleges Mathews crossed illegally from Manitoba to Minnesota on August 19.

The prosecutor also said Bilbrough and Mathews smashed their mobile phones and dumped the pieces in a toilet when federal agents showed up. "These people mean business".

Lemley and Mathews are then alleged to have made "a functioning assault rifle" using different firearms parts in December while all three men are accused of having made a psychedelic drug known as DMT.

"Hopefully, with this arrest, groups like The Base will be at the forefront of law enforcement efforts on domestic terrorism here in the United States". The FBI has grown more concerned with the group's presence as it has focused on recruitment efforts.



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