ATF agents raid home of alleged white supremacistPosted: Updated:
ASH FORK, Ariz. -- Federal agents have raided a property belonging to known white supremacists.
The highly organized operation included about 50 SWAT officers coming in from all over the country to serve a search warrant.
Agents from ATF and several other agencies descended upon a very rural, 40-acre ranch near Ash Fork, about an hour from Flagstaff.
ATF says last month, the agency developed information that self-proclaimed white supremacist Kirby Kehoe was living on the ranch, and might be in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Due to a past felony conviction of racketeering and conspiracy, Kehoe is not allowed to have a weapon.
ATF agents took Kehoe into custody after agents say they found about a dozen firearms, including high powered rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition. Agents also say they found marijuana growing on his property.
Because of the violent history of the Kehoe family and Kehoe's sons, law enforcement planned this raid very carefully, making sure to keep everyone safe, including officers and members of the public.
"There were hundreds and hundreds of man hours on the preparation and bringing in assets, not just locally but from around the country, various tactical teams," says ATF Special Agent Tom Mangan. " Also, we contacted past case agents in ATF who had criminal violations, charges against Kehoe family. We wanted to paint a very detailed picture of and psychological profile of who we're dealing with."
Mangan says two of Kehoe's sons were living with him on that property, which kehoe has owned for over a year. But Kehoe is the only one in custody.
He's due in federal court in Flagstaff on Tuesday.