Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group called the 'American Front' were arrested in central Florida on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said members trained with AK-47s, shotguns and explosives at a fortified compound in St. Cloud, Florida, near Disney World, to prepare for what its leader believed to be an “inevitable race war."
The felony arrest charges include paramilitary training, attempting to shoot into an occupied dwelling and evidence of prejudices while committing an offense, which falls under Florida's hate-crimes law.
The group was led by Marcus Faella and his wife, Patricia Faella, of St. Cloud, FL. Faella reportedly said that his intent was "to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities."
Court papers said that "Faella views himself and the other members of the AF as the protectors of the white race" and that "the race war will take place within the next few years based on current world events."
Much of the information of the alleged plots came from an informant who infiltrated the group in mid-2010. Fearing that his cover might be blown, the informant destroyed his cellphone after removing the memory card.
American Front members arrested included: Jennifer McGowan, Mark McGowan, Diane Stevens, Kent McLellan, Paul Jackson, Christopher Brooks, Richard Stockdale and Dustin Perry.