The FBI on Monday said it believes a terror attack was disrupted and the lives of several local residents potentially saved when police raided a home in Montevideo, Minn. on Friday.
Buford "Bucky" Rogers, 24, was arrested on Friday while on his way home from work after police claimed they found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and guns during a raid at a home on the 1200 block of Benson Avenue, which is owned by his father and brother.
The FBI said a "terror plot was discovered and subsequently thwarted through the timely analysis of intelligence and through the cooperation and coordination between the aforementioned agencies."
"Cooperation between the FBI and its federal, state, and local partners enabled law enforcement to prevent a potential tragedy in Montevideo," said J. Christopher Warrener, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division.
Rogers, who has a past felony conviction for burglary, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but officials say more charges are coming. Rogers appeared calm in federal court in St. Paul at 2 p.m. on Monday.
However, Jeff Rogers told FOX 9 News his son doesn't own any guns, and that the guns found during Friday's search are registered to him. He believes someone complained to the police that they had guns and explosives in the home, leading to Friday's search.
"So what? I had guns. That's my given right to have my guns," Rogers said.
Rogers said his son is not a terrorist and said he doesn't know why the FBI stated that a terror plot was thwarted and lives were saved.
"Bucky is not a terrorist," Rogers said. "He was not out to bomb nobody and I have no clue where the hell that came from."
Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the general public doesn't need to worry that they may have been targeted by the alleged plot.
"The people that were know about it," Christopher said.
Yet, Jeff Rogers told FOX 9 News that he doesn't know who those people might allegedly be.
"I have no idea of who the hell he'd even be targeting," he said. "He's not that kind of a person. I can guarantee you that."
Rogers has two homemade signs on his property, including one bearing the acronym "B.S.M." for "Black Snake Militia," according to Christopher.
"As opposed to a large national type militia group, I think it's something they've kind of formed," Christopher said. "They're the incepting or the founding people of that little group."
Jeff Rogers refuted that characterization as well.
"We are peaceful people," he said. "We're not out to blow up the world -- none of this crap."
Another sign on the property says "No more I.F.R.D. We are not slaves" -- a misarranged reference to false Internet rumors the Affordable Care Act would require radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in U.S. citizens.
Buford Rogers is being held without bail. His next court appearance is set for Wednesday, when he'll be assigned a public defender. Meanwhile, the investigation will remain active and ongoing because FBI investigators say it is still unclear if he acted alone.
The search warrant was conducted in conjunction with the ATF, Bloomington police bomb squad, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota State Patrol, Montevideo police and several local sheriffs.
Montevideo is about 130 miles west of Minneapolis, just east of the South Dakota border.
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