Terrorist or Just Delusional? Utah Man Under Arrest After Plotting to Blow Up Police Station to Start a Revolution
A Utah man is behind bars after plotting to blow up a local police station.
Police were tipped off to John Huggins’ sinister plan in February when a local tipster told authorities that Huggins had buried bombs and was intending to blow up a local Bible group.
That tip turned out to be false, but they did learn that Huggins had indeed concocted a scheme to blow up the police station and area bridges in an attempt to start a revolution.
Using a confidential informant, police were able to obtain a USB drive from Huggins containing the instructions on how to make a bomb.
A subsequent search of Huggins’ home also revealed notebooks filled with evidence that he had been watching local police for a long time.
“Inside these notebooks were notes written by Huggins that were surveillance logs of the activities of Tremonton police officers including their call signs,” investigators reported.
Huggins had also talked about how his bombing would spark an all-out anti-government revolution.
“Huggins stated that he thought that this action would cause the community to rise up against the government,” according to an affidavit in support of the arrest warrant. The affidavit also pointed out that Huggins had successfully built explosive devices which had to be detonated by the bomb squad in the past.
During the 4-month sting, an undercover agent also met with the would-be bomber on four different occasions and discussed purchasing explosive devices. According to the affidavit, finding incriminating evidence in Huggins’ home.
“… While an explosive chemical was not inside the device for detonation, there were chemicals inside the trailer that could easily be combined with the device to produce an IED,” the affidavit reported.
Huggins was arrested on Friday. He is facing charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device in a federal court.
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