The FBI has announced that it has arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, after he and a group he’s associated with have reportedly been detaining migrants at the New Mexico-Mexico border.
Hopkins is being charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to NBC News.
In a statement, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said, “This is 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.”
The Daily Beast reports that Hopkins runs the group. According to their report, “Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border, was arrested by FBI in New Mexico Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.