Ten people were arrested on weapons and other related charges after federal agents seized machine guns, explosive devices, ammunition and racist literature in southern Illinois.
Authorities seized 50 machine guns, including Uzis and AK-47s, hand grenades, crates of ammunition, gun powder, unregistered silencers and more than 120 destructive devices in Alton, Godfrey or Maryville, where all but one of the suspects live. At least one of the machine guns had a swastika on it, authorities said.
In addition to the weapons, agents found a poster of Adolf Hitler and fliers from the neo-Nazi National Alliance during a search of the property belonging to one of the accused, Randall Brown. Brown's property also reportedly included targets with "blackfaces."
According to news reports, Randall Brown's daughter, Laura, said that the "Hitler poster was given to my dad as a joke, and so was the National Alliance stuff. My dad thought it was hilarious."
In addition to Randall Brown, 53, the others indicted were Brown's daughter Laura, 25, Mark Chappel, 22, Christopher Hall, 23, Charles Hemphill III, 43, Christopher Howard, 40, Mark Howard, 48, Michael Owens, 56, Eric Terry, 38, William Vogt, 23, and James Dean Wehrle, 41.
The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed 10 indictments by the federal grand jury in East St. Louis against 11 people on March 29. The charges include manufacturing weapons, blowing up mailboxes, weapons possession and more. All but one of the suspects has been arrested.
An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent said it was the largest one-day seizure of illegal machine guns in southern Illinois.