Border militia leader indicted by federal grand jury

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A federal grand jury indicted Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the New Mexico-based United Constitutional Patriots militia group, in Albuquerque on Friday.

As KTSM previously reported, Hopkins, 69, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

According to a news release, the indictment charges Hopkins with knowingly having the firearms and ammunition in Nov. 2017, despite having been convicted of at least one of the following felony crimes:

  • Being a felon in possession of a firearm
  • Impersonating a peace officer
  • Possession of a loaded firearm by a convicted felon

FBI agents saw the firearms in Hopkins’ possession during a visit to his home in Flora Vista, N.M. in 2017. 

Agents were alerted to his home after witnesses saw members of the United Constitutional Patriots with rifles and other guns.

Hopkins had also allegedly told someone that they “were training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, because of these individuals’ support of Antifa.” 

Hopkins has been in custody since he was arrested by the FBI and the Sunland Park Police Department on April 20.

His next hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. on April 29 in Albuquerque. He is facing at least 10 years in prison if convicted.

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