Federal Agents Bust Alabama “Free Militia”

Federal agents executed four search warrants today in Alabama at the homes of “Free Militia” members. The search turned up:

  • 130 grenades
  • grenade launcher
  • machine gun
  • short barreled shot-gun
  • two silencers
  • numerous other firearms
  • 2500 rounds of ammunition
  • explosive components
  • approximately 70 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
  • commercial fireworks
  • enough ammunition to fill a U-Haul trailer
  • over 100 Marijuana plants

Agents also encountered booby traps at one location.

Here is the full press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office regarding the operation:

ARRESTS MADE AFTER EXPLOSIVES RECOVERY

BIRMINGHAM, AL – This morning in DeKalb, Marshall and Jefferson Counties, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) spearheaded the execution of four federal search warrants at the homes of members of a group called “The Free Militia.” During the search warrants, ATF, along with state and local law enforcement recovered 130 grenades, a grenade launcher, a machine gun, a short barreled shot-gun, two silencers, numerous other firearms, 2500 rounds of ammunition, explosive components, approximately 70 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), and commercial fireworks. Also recovered was enough ammunition to fill a U-Haul trailer, and over 100 Marijuana plants. While executing the search warrants, officers encountered booby traps at one location.

“Deadly explosives have been removed from these communities due to outstanding investigative efforts,” stated Alice H. Martin, United States Attorney. “All evidence developed will be presented quickly to a federal grand jury, and we will also ask that those arrested be detained without bond.”

“Today’s arrest and search warrants have been significant due to the success of the combined efforts by ATF, as well as our state, local and federal partners,” stated James Cavanaugh, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “The communities in the area are a lot safer, considering the fact that large quantities of live grenades and other explosive materials have been safely removed. Excellent investigative team work led us to this point in our investigation.”

Those arrested today include:

RAYMOND KIRK DILLARD, a/k/a JEFF OSBORNE, 46,

of Collinsville (DeKalb County), Alabama;

ADAM LYNN CUNNINGHAM, 41, of Collinsville (DeKalb County), Alabama;

BONNELL HUGHES a/k/a BUSTER HUGHES, 57, of Crossville,

(Marshall County) Alabama;

RANDALL GARRETT COLE, 22, of Gadsden (Etowah County), Alabama;

JAMES RAY MCELROY, 20, of Collinsville (Etowah County), Alabama.

The criminal complaint charges those arrested with conspiracy to make a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. MICHAEL WAYNE BOBO, 30, of Trussville (Jefferson County), Alabama, was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

All the defendants appeared in U.S. District Court for an initial appearance. They will remain in Federal custody and are scheduled to appear for Detention Hearings on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at 1:30 pm before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court. An indictment has not been filed at this time, additional charges are likely.

“Governor Riley and I are pleased this operation was successful,” said Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker.

“The U.S. Marshal Service, particularly in the Northern District, has enjoyed an excellent relationship with ATF,” stated U.S. Marshal Martin Keely. “We were pleased that we could contribute to the success of the operation.” DILLARD was a federal fugitive.

This investigation involved numerous federal, state and local law enforcement. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the lead agency assisted by the Bomb Squads from Huntsville Police Department, Jefferson County, and Gadsden County Sheriffs’ Departments and Alabama Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad who worked with ATF Bomb Techs in securing the IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). Other Agencies include, The U.S. Marshal Service, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Alabama State Fire Marshals, The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, and the Sheriff’s Offices and District Attorneys’ Offices of DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall, and Jefferson Counties.

Members of the public are reminded that a criminal complaint contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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12 Replies to “Federal Agents Bust Alabama “Free Militia””

  1. Where are the blue-belly Yankee, liberal- democrats (i.e.: Hillary, Harry Reid, Peloci, ACLU, news Media, etc) when you need them…
    If this group of US Citizens had of been a bunch illegals from Mexico, the Middle East or picked off the battle fields of Afghanistan, the anti-American liberals and press would be crying foul about the “U.S. Constitution being trampled on”
    Interesting that not one of the usual suspects is raising the alarms about the “Patriot Act” or electronic surveillance being used here to bust these members of the Free Militia…..

    Save America first the world second; Support your local militia– it’s our last hope for a

  2. maybe the truth will come out 5 years later like the davidians, Which Jim Cavanaugh was supposedly also involved in. why exactly is he still in the FBI? Hell ask him if he was involved in ruby ridge it also has a good backstory worth reading.

  3. So now that the ATF has found out that most every sane citizen of Alabama thinks getting arrested for the trumped up charge of “conpiracy to make a firearm” is about the biggest bunch of goverment BS!
    Now its being reported the members of the Alabama Free Militia were going to attack the illegals!
    Does anyone remember this remark made just last week?
    “Even prosecutors say the ragtag group called the Alabama Free Militia had no intended target and was simply stockpiling munitions”,.
    When did things change and once again when did it become illegal to stockpile munitions?
    The story changed when the ATF started to realize that most good folks in Alabama hate these type of commmunist raids on our citizens!
    And as for it being illegal to stockpile munitions in Alabama or America it is not!
    But now that the ATF and goverment thugs have the members of the Alabama Free Militia in custody they will fabricate any story they can so the citizens of Alabama will accept the prosecution of these men.
    Also look at who is singing the praises of this ATF raid.
    The ADL and the SPLC here is a quote from the ADL regional director here in the South.
    “The arrests and the seizure of such an enormous arsenal are a compelling reminder that extremist groups continue to operate in otherwise peaceful communities filled with law-abiding citizens,” said Bill Nigut of Atlanta, ADL regional director.
    Now we know why they will stop at nothing to railroad these men.
    Its the politically correct thing to do and will make the ADL and SPLC alot more money…

  4. what did they terrorize the us government who is steadily getting farther away from what this country is based on. they did nothing wrong besides have weed; which yankee patriot would have to be on to much such an ignorant comment. Useless COPS are more of a terrorist.

  5. hell if england came in and did this crap we would be at war right now. Instead “OUR” Government does the same thing and no one lifts a finger, who’s side is ATF on exactly. Oh and anyone reading this that is my real name, man do wish this was being monitored. I say state your opinion let people know who you are and that you are ready to stand up for yourself. I dont consider myself an extremist, but hey who would, i just think if someone threatens your rights you should be allowed and responsible to do whatever is neccesary to defend them. I guess “OUR” lovely government is probably thinking the same though; or at least they claim to be!

  6. Depending on the state laws everything with the exception of the over 100 Marijuana plants is legal to own if you have the proper paperwork.

  7. So yeah, now you get arrested for doing nothing illegal and just owning a ‘lot’ of guns.

    I’m sure there are private gun owners who make this apparent “stockpile” look like a molehill.

    I do find the irony in the situation — the reason the Alabama Free Militia exists is to protect their own and themselves from a tyrannical government who ignores the rights that are inherently ours….And here comes that exact kind of government taking away that protection.

  8. This extreme violation of our rights as human beings much less citizens is proof perfect that the Alabama Free Militia is very much needed and had every right to use extreme force in protecting themself and more should take action against the ATF and FBI and any members of any government agency which does not believe in bearing arms to defend yourself should be laid to rest with EXTREME FORCE until all members are freed and their arms returned. Their is no reason why the free people should not have adequate firearms to protect themself from the government persecuting them. What good are peashooters against military tanks and the long arm which covers all truth in the press to protect thir fabricated laws.

  9. My question is, who were these guys hurting? Has there been any reports of explosions, robberies, or destruction of property?? Has there been any reports of these guys selling weapons?? Maybe they were just getting ready to protect themselves from something the local law enforcement could not have. Once again, your 2nd Amendment comes into play…..

  10. Amendment II

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed…

    Once again the ATF arrests and will put in prison American citizens for practicing their God given 2nd Amendment Rights!
    The people of Alabama and this country need to wake up to the fact that our Republic not a “democracy” has been taken over from within!
    That Alabama citizens can be arrested on trumped up charges of conspiracy to make a firearm shows how much freedom we have lost in America!
    Wake up citizens of Alabama Wake Up American citizens before your next!!

  11. Amendment II: Right to bear arms and militia.

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Wow! What part of this does our public servants not understand?? And what exactly were these men charged with, conspiracy to make firearms? Who did these people kill? Who’s property did these people seize or damage(Wait, that’s the ATF’s job)? Tyranny is among us, people, wake up!

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