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Published:April 28th, 2007 05:30 EST
Six Arrests made in Alabama Free Militia Raid

Six Arrests made in Alabama Free Militia Raid

By Peter Giordano

Alabama- Six arrests were made in Collinsville, Alabama on Friday after four search warrants were executed on members of The Alabama Free Militia. " According to authorities, agents uncovered enough ammunition to fill a U-Haul trailer. " It was also revealed that the militia had a variety of home made weapons including: a rocket launcher, 130 hand grenades and 70 improvised explosive devices. (IED`s) The IED`s found were similar to the ones being used by Iraqi militia against US soldiers.

Two of the seizures occurred not far from a Collinsville, AL school--one at a trailer, the other at a house.

The six arrestees are all Alabama natives who will be held without bond and include: 46 year old Raymond Kirk Dilliard, Adam Lynn Cunningham, 41, Bonnell Hughes, 57, Michael Wayne Bobo, 30, Randall Garrett Cole, 22 and 20 year old James Ray McElroy.

This is pretty common in militia groups--they sort of gravitate to all these exotic military weapons, " ATF Special Agent in Charge Jim Cavanaugh told Fox news on Friday.

The exotic weapons found on site included: a machine gun, a short barreled shotgun, two silencers, over 2000 rounds of ammo. Officials also found more than five marijuana plants.

Authorities also told Foxnews on Friday that the deadly explosives were all being removed from these communities and being processed to go on display in front of a federal grand jury.

Cavanaugh also said that it`s rare to find the types of IED`s that were found on Thursday, calling it a very unusual seizure. "

The six in custody are not being charged with any plot to use the grenades. Rather they are only being charged with weapons possession, drug using while in possession of weapons and stockpiling.

They appeared in U.S. District Court for an initial appearance and are next scheduled to appear before a Magistrate Judge on Tuesday, May 1. The weapons charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, while the drug user and weapons possession carries a maximum of ten years in prison.

They feel they need all those weapons to exist, they`re somewhat fearful, " Cavanaugh said.

He also said that the type of people arrested operate in a sort of fringe paranoia world. "

Classes around the two area raided were cancelled for the day as police vehicles overrun the area. 650 students ranging from grades Kindergarten through 12 received the day off, school officials said.

DeKalb Sherriff, Jimmy Harris, told Foxnews that school was going to just be delayed, but they felt it was safer not to have school. "

More than six agencies ranging from over six different counties assisted with the raid including local, state and federal law enforcement.

"The communities in the area are a lot safer, considering the fact that large quantities of live grenades and other explosive materials have been safely removed, Cavanaugh said.

*Foxnews and the AP contributed to this report*