Update May 18th: Joseph Thomas now accused of planning a firebomb attack on the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, MN, but has not been charged with any additional crimes. Updated post HERE.
Because Johnson lives in Austin, the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin and KAAL Channel 6 offer more details about him. Johnson is being charged with four counts of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm and one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of ammunition. The indictment alleges Johnson possessed a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber handgun, a .39-caliber semi-automatic assault rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber rifle in 2010. In addition, he's accused of possessing a shotgun, a .39-caliber semi-automatic assault rifle and a .22-caliber revolver in 2011. Johnson also allegedly possessed 60 rounds of .39-caliber ammunition on November 3rd, 2010. If found guilty, Johnson faces at least 15 years in prison and at most a life sentence. Update May 9th: Johnson has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges for an armed career criminal in possession of firearms and ammunition, and his trial is set for July 16th.
According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Joseph Thomas is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of five or more grams of methamphetamine, and one count of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Thomas distributed five or more grams of meth on both February 15th and February 29th, 2012, and more than 50 grams of meth on March 13th. Thomas' trial begins on June 25th, and he faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison.
Yet even though Joseph Thomas is also a convicted felon under a weapons ban, and despite the fact that he's accused of selling an undercover FBI agent several weapons, including a semi-automatic handgun, a pistol-grip shotgun, a laser sight and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in May 2011, and gave the undercover FBI agent more ammunition, a handgun, another laser sight, and a ballistic vest in June 2011, he has NOT been charged with any weapons violations. Now if both Thomas and Johnson were felons under a weapons ban, and both were in possession of weapons, why is Johnson the only one charged with weapons possession? The Austin Herald hints that Joseph Thomas' real objective was to gain control of the local area’s marijuana, cocaine and meth connections, and that he was merely using White nationalism as protective cover for criminal activity.
The big problem for Samuel Johnson is that because he's a convicted felon, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. Johnson's criminal history includes a number of convictions in Mower County: Attempted simple robbery in 2000; simple robbery in 2007; possession of a short-barreled shotgun and sale of a simulated controlled substance, also in 2007. In addition, Johnson was convicted for felony theft in 1999 in Hennepin County. All of these convictions occurred before he joined the NSM. Yet despite his criminal past, Johnson engaged in legal, constructive activism during his time with the NSM. He engaged in public protest against illegal immigration in Minnesota, and on July 11th, 2009, showed up at the city council meeting and asked the mayor and city council members to sign a petition demanding the local sheriff enter into an agreement with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws. The officials rebuffed his request.
Federal Scenario: The Austin Herald offers the greatest detail. Essentially, Samuel Johnson was trying to build his NSM chapter in 2009 with legal activism. In 2010, he encountered Joseph Thomas, who started hosting the NSM meetings and proposed that the unit break off from the NSM and form the Aryan Liberation Movement. It is not known if Johnson was aware of Thomas' drug dealing activities. Unbeknownst to Johnson, Thomas had attracted attention from the FBI at that point; shortly thereafter, the FBI dispatched an undercover agent. The fact that Thomas is not being charged with weapons violations implies that the Feds may have turned Thomas against Johnson, and are showing leniency towards Thomas by charging him only with drug violations. Johnson may have wrecked his life by trusting the wrong person.
The Bottom Line: Zero tolerance for drugs in any white activist group. If someone you're working with even hints at drug involvement, drop him like a bad habit. Joseph Thomas looks like the real bad guy in this deal, but he's going to drag down Samuel Johnson in the process. Now I better understand why Harold Covington introduced General Order Number 10 into his Northwest Trilogy scenario.