Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the 69-year-old leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, an armed border militia group spreading conspiracies and rounding up asylum-seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border, has been taken into custody by the FBI.
The New Mexico Resident allegedly illegal detained immigrants crossing the border while posing as United States Border Patrol.
The organization has been characterized by the ACLU as a “fascist militia organization” comprised of “armed vigilantes.”
Recent video footage making its rounds on social media show two UCP members holding guns near a group of immigrants, many appearing to be children.
UCP and Hopkins claim to work alongside Border Patrol, though the agency has denied working with UCP. Videos taken by group members, which can be found on tube sites sprinkled around the internet, feature Border Patrol agents in the periphery, often disconnected from group activity.