Eleventh Person Charged in Fort Stewart Militia Plot
What right wing violence?
As the investigation continues into a murderous Georgia-based militia group led by American military personnel who were plotting to overthrow the federal government, a former Navy recruit has become the 11th person charged in the case that includes allegations of burglaries and car break-ins to support the group and at least two homicides to keep it secret.
It appears drug dealing should also be added to the list.
On Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, Georgia prosecutors said the former Navy recruit, Jeffrey Wayne Roberts Jr., 27, of Savannah, was being held in Bryan County after his arrest Tuesday on charges of illegal gang activity, including possession of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute.
The gang named in the indictment of Roberts was FEAR, a militia group that authorities say was based at the sprawling Fort Stewart
Army base in Georgia and is responsible for the December 2011 murder of a recently discharged soldier, Michael Roark, 19, and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, a high school junior.
According to prosecutors, FEAR – or Forever Enduring Always Ready – had stockpiled $87,000 worth of weapons and explosives and planned to overthrow the government through a campaign of terror and political assassinations.
The teenage sweethearts were killed and left where they fell in a patch of Georgia woods to keep the plot secret, prosecutors say. Roark had helped the group purchase weapons but had apparently grown disillusioned with the group and intended to return home to Washington state. He and York were killed two days after he was discharged from the Army.
Tom Durden, district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit in southeast Georgia, said Roberts was not involved in the murders, the Associated Press reported. ‘He was not present at the murders, but his activities furthered the FEAR organization,’ Durden was quoted as saying.