California police arrest a few ‘sovereign citizens’ allegedly in possession of a ‘military-grade explosive’

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A few self-described “sovereign citizens” allegedly in possession of improvised explosive units have been arrested just outside the house Joshua Tree National Park in southern California on Saturday morning. 

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies pulled more than Jeffery Russel, 46, and David Russel, 50, in a white Ford Taurus all around 10:00 a.m.  

Equally of the males claimed to be sovereign citizens and a records verify uncovered that they ended up prohibited from possessing firearms. 

“Deputies continued the investigation and identified are living ammunition, black gunpowder, and an improvised military-grade explosive gadget, within the car or truck,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division reported. 

Dunes and hills of the Johnson Valley off-road recreation area are seen in this file photo. 

Dunes and hills of the Johnson Valley off-street recreation space are seen in this file picture. 
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The sheriff’s bomb and arson division served a look for warrant at a “distant sovereign citizen compound” in Johnson Valley, roughly 30 miles north of wherever the two guys have been at first pulled around.

Supplemental explosives and firearms have been discovered at the compound. A different suspect, 54-year-old Venus Mooney, was also arrested for the duration of the search. 


All a few suspects had been arrested on costs of possession of an explosive machine and possession of a controlled compound when armed. 

The bomb and arson division disposed of the explosive devices. 

Deputies pulled over the self-described sovereign citizens near the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Old Woman Springs Road, just outside Joshua Tree National Park. 

Deputies pulled more than the self-described sovereign citizens close to the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway and Previous Lady Springs Road, just outside Joshua Tree Nationwide Park. 
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The FBI describes sovereign citizens as “anti-governing administration extremists who feel that even nevertheless they physically reside in this nation, they are different or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.”

“As a result, they consider they really don’t have to response to any governing administration authority, which includes courts, taxing entities, motor auto departments, or regulation enforcement,” the FBI explains. 

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All three suspects had been becoming held with no bail on Monday pending an preliminary court docket physical appearance. It wasn’t straight away very clear if they experienced a law firm who could speak on their behalf. 

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