John Huggins, a 47-year-old Utah man, has been arrested for plotting to blow up a police station, kill police officers and destroy infrastructure, thus delaying access to emergency services. The Associated Press' report on July 12 explained that Huggins believed that his actions could trigger uprisings against the U.S. government.
Huggins has been charged with possession of a destructive device after he was captured by FBI agents and police in Tremonton, Utah. He made his first appearance in federal court on Friday.
Authorities said he built a homemade bomb and had explosive materials and instructions for making a bomb. According to documents filed in federal court in Utah on Friday, Huggins believed that the plan, once implemented, could trigger anti-government uprisings.
NY Daily News reports that Huggins also planned to blow up bridges and other infrastructure to slow the emergency response, court documents show.
"Huggins stated that he thought that this action would cause the community to rise up against the government," according to an affidavit filed in court.
The Tremonton Police Department received notice about this plot last February. They began an investigation with the FBI after a "concerned citizen" contacted them to report that Huggins threatened to blow up a Bible study group and had buried bombs around the city. The investigation confirmed that Huggins planned to bomb the station and kill two policemen. The accused also planned to put explosive devices on bridges and other infrastructure to hinder access of emergency services to the station.
According to prosecutors, an FBI agent infiltrated the plot masterminded by Huggins. Huggins revealed to the agent that his plan was to train people to make explosives for a few thousand dollars.
They also found notebooks filled with evidence during a raid two months ago. “Inside these notebooks were notes written by Huggins that were surveillance logs of the activities of Tremonton police officers including their call signs,” according to investigators. “It is known that Huggins had manufactured explosive devices in the past that had to be detonated by the Cache County Bomb Squad.” Huggins had previously manufactured other devices which were detonated by a local anti-explosives unit.
The defendant was arrested in a parking lot where he met with the undercover agent and a confidential informant at a restaurant on Thursday to discuss bomb-making.
Huggins faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of $10,00. The investigation remains open and he could face more charges.