Mendota Heights Man with Alleged White Supremacist Connections Indicted on Drug Charges

Joseph Benjamin Thomas could face life in prison if convicted.

Updated 1 p.m. April 27: A Mendota Heights man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of distributing methamphetamine in relation to an investigation of white supremacist activity and possible violence.

Joseph Benjamin Thomas, 42, was charged April 16 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office 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.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Thomas said he tried to get weapons to use against "left-wing individuals."

An accused accomplice, 31-year-old Samuel Johnson of Austin, was indicted on weapons charges. The AP also reports Johnson is a former leader of the National Socialist Movement.

An indictment is a decision by a grand jury that there is probable cause a crime was committed. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Thomas distributed five or more grams of meth on both Feb. 15 and Feb 29, 2012, and more than 50 grams of meth on March 13.

Thomas is expected in court April 25.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the University of Minnesota Police Department and the Fairmount, Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Department.

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Danielle Cabot April 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Is anyone familiar with a white supremacist presence in the Mendota Heights area? Every now and then I hear about some activity somewhere in the TC 'burbs, but I confess it's not something I've been looking for.
Bernard P. Friel April 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
The Southern Poverty Law center in its spring 2012 Report identifies 12 Hate groups in Minnesota, including the National Socialist Movement, and 11 "Patriot" groups, the latter being anti-government groups. That information appears in the Spring issue of its "Intelligence Report".
Danielle Cabot April 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Thanks, Bernie. I've reached out to them and look forward to any insight they can provide. Here's a link to the report summary: http://patch.com/bvbHK If you click on the first link in the report it leads to a searchable map of hate groups.
Footlong Frank April 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
The guy lives down the street from me. he lived in his dad home who past away. He kept to himself and I never noticed a lot of activity. I'm assuming he may have had a online presents or did his illegal activities somewhere else and Mendota Heights was more his hideout. Our quiet little neighborhood doest have any racist or white supremisist activity going on. ( I hope)
Danielle Cabot May 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thanks for sharing, Frank. That's interesting. Did neighbors know about this guy? It appears his name pops up on a blog every now and then.


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