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Published April 27, 2012, 01:02 PM

Affidavit: 2 men with supremacist ties had weapons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal affidavit says two Minnesota men with ties to white supremacist groups amassed several weapons as part of a plan to attack the government, minorities and others.

By: AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal affidavit says two Minnesota men with ties to white supremacist groups amassed several weapons as part of a plan to attack the government, minorities and others.

Authorities began looking into Johnson and Thomas in 2010, as part of an investigation into domestic terrorism. However, the men have not been charged with terrorism.

Thirty-one-year-old Samuel Johnson of Austin is indicted on weapons charges, and 42-year-old Joseph Thomas of Mendota Heights faces drug charges. The indictments were unsealed this week after the men appeared in court.

The indictments say Johnson had five weapons, including a semi-automatic assault rifle. An FBI affidavit says Thomas told an undercover agent he also tried to get explosives and automatic weapons to attack "left-wing individuals."

Messages left for the men's attorneys were not immediately returned.

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