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Arrest made after FBI search of Montevideo, Minn., home finds guns, bombs

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man was arrested on a firearms charge Friday after federal authorities found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and guns during a search of his Montevideo home, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit.

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By Amy Forliti

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man was arrested on a firearms charge Friday after federal authorities found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and guns during a search of his Montevideo home, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit.

Buford Rogers, 24, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a federal affidavit obtained by The Associated Press, FBI agents searched a property at a mobile home park in Montevideo and discovered the Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. The affidavit said Buford was there at the time of the search, and one firearm recovered from Buford’s residence was a Romanian AKM assault rifle.

In an interview with authorities, Rogers admitted firing the weapon on two separate occasions at a gun range in Granite Falls, the affidavit said. Rogers has a past conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.

The affidavit was filed by a special agent assigned to the FBI’s domestic terrorism squad. Details about what led to the search, or the nature of the investigation, were not being released.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jeanne Cooney confirmed federal and local law enforcement executed a search warrant in the Montevideo area Friday, which led to Rogers’ arrest. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven also confirmed agents were in the area, but said he could not provide additional information. He said the public is not in danger.

Montevideo police assisted in the operation at the, but referred questions to the FBI. Members of the Bloomington Police Department bomb squad also assisted.

Several witnesses reported seeing the law enforcement activity Friday at the Northdale mobile home park. The Montevideo American-News website posted video footage and photographs, shot from a distance, of officers clustered around one of the trailers. According to the newspaper’s website, two individuals appeared to be taken into custody.

A working phone number for Rogers could not be found in Montevideo. Efforts to reach family members and neighbors were unsuccessful Friday. It was not immediately clear whether Rogers had an attorney.

Rogers is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court early next week, although a day and time has not been scheduled.

Rogers’ 2011 felony burglary conviction stems from an incident in Lac qui Parle County. He also has a 2009 misdemeanor conviction for dangerous handling of a weapon in Hennepin County, as well as other criminal violations, according to online court records.

The West Central Tribune contributed.

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