ST. PAUL, Minn. - An alleged white supremacist is charged with possessing guns, ammunition and methamphetamine.
Prosecutors said they were planning on asking for $1 million bail during a court appearance Thursday, saying Sam Shoen is a danger to law enforcement.
A criminal complaint details how authorities were contacted by an informant in late November who told them the 35-year-old Shoen carried an assault rifle with him wherever he went, something he is banned from doing as Shoen is a felon. Police say he is a member of a white supremacist affiliated with a group known as the Hammerskins, and also has ties to the native mob from his time in prison.
After being contacted by the informant police set up a gun buy on December 11, during which the informant and an undercover police officer were able to buy a submachine gun from the suspect for $3,500. After that authorities used a second informant to set up a drug buy. While they were traveling to Shoen's grow house in northern Minnesota the suspect became paranoid, pulled a pistol and put it up to the informant's head and accused him of being a snitch for the police. The informant was eventually able to calm him down, but when the two stopped to get a hotel room the informant stole Shoen's car and drove back to the cities.
Police were informed that Shoen was headed back to the cities two days later and had been told his car was in the parking lot of Walmart in Vadnais Heights. Police set up surveillance and eventually saw the suspect drive up with two other individuals and go into the store, where he purchased a rifle scope. After they drove off police followed the vehicle and pulled it over. Shoen was seen throwing a bag from the car containing what turned out to be methamphetamine.
Officers also found guns and a large stash of ammunition in the car.
Shoen is charged with 5 felony counts involving possession of weapons and drugs.