A Minnesota man is accused of planning a "domestic terrorism" attack in Rice County.
The Rice County Sheriff's office says the Allan Weatherford, planned to attack the Rice County Courthouse with judges and lawyers inside.
A search of the farm where the Allan and his brother Mark live found detonation devices, a fuel oil and fertilizer mix used in bomb making and more than fifty firearms. The weapons cache included handguns, assault rifles, and a 50-caliber rifle.
Allen Weatherford, 54, was arrested March 31 and is charged with attempted first-degree arson, possession of explosive devices, and being a felon in possession of firearms. Mark Weatherford, 34, has been in jail since March 23rd for failing to appear in court on another charge. Sheriff's officials say Mark had nothing to do with the terror plot to destroy the court house.
The brothers first came to the attention of authorities when they were investigated in a drug case. An earlier search of the property found "stolen property and indications of drug manufacture," officials said.
According to the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, a taskforce of investigators from five counties, additional arrests were made in Goodhue County. The FBI, AFT, and police departments from Bloomington, Northfield and Faribault aided in the investigation.
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