Man with neo-Nazi ties leading heavily armed citizen patrols in AZ desertBy Michelle Price, AP
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Man with neo-Nazi ties leading patrols in AZ
PHOENIX — A militia led by a reputed neo-Nazi has been conducting heavily armed patrols in recent weeks to catch illegal aliens and drug smugglers in the Arizona desert.
Militia leader Jason “J.T.” Ready says he isn’t waiting for the government anymore, and he’s declaring war on drug cartels.
No incidents have been reported with Ready’s militia, but some law enforcement officials say groups like his could cause problems for law enforcement.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says he wants the militia to stay out of his county, where the group has been monitoring a well-known smuggling corridor.
Ready takes offense at the label “neo-Nazi,” but says he identifies with the National Socialist Movement, a white supremacist group.