FBI arrests leader of armed militia of ‘New Mexico residents, veterans and ex-cops’ who have been stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the US-Mexico border

Sunday, April 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 70, was arrested on Saturday in Sunland Park, New Mexico and charged with illegal possession of a weapon
Hopkins is the ‘national commander’ of the United Constitutional Patriots militia
The armed group stops undocumented migrants crossing the US-Mexico border
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas described Hopkins as a ‘dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families’
His arrest comes days after UCP detained a group of 300 migrants and handed them to border officials
Border Patrol has said it does not condone the militia’s actions

By MEGAN SHEETS and ROD ARDEHALI
DAILYMAIL.COM
21 April 2019

The FBI has arrested the leader of an armed right-wing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 70, was arrested for illegal possession of a weapon on Saturday in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Hopkins, who also goes by ‘Striker’, is the ‘national commander’ of United Constitutional Patriots (UCP). The small but well-armed group has had around six members camped out on a rotating basis near Sunland Park since February, standing guard over people who want to hand themselves in to border patrol and pursuing those who don’t.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas described Hopkins, who also goes by the name of ‘Striker,’ as a ‘dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families’.

‘Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes,’ Banderas added.

Hopkins was previously arrested in Oregon in 2006 on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

UCP spokesman Jim Benvie blamed Hopkins’ latest arrest on political pressure from Governor Lujan Grisham, telling Reuters: ‘We’re not worried about it, he’s going to be cleared.’

The arrest comes just days after UCP stopped a group of 300 men, women and children, who had crossed the border into the US, and handed them over to border officials.

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