Informants aided FBI in militia probe, court documents show

FAIRBANKS -- The FBI used two informants when investigating a suspected plot to kill judges and law enforcement officials in Fairbanks, according to federal court documents.

Both informants had been working on the investigation into the "241" murder plot -- an alleged plan to kill two officials if any member of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia was killed in a conflict, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported, citing documents unsealed Friday.

One informant was promoted to the command staff of the militia in February, and the other was sought as a source of weapons in Anchorage, according to the documents.. Both had been working with the FBI for about 10 months but were not aware the other was part of the investigation.

The three documents -- each about 24 pages -- are sworn affidavits by an FBI agent in support of search warrants on the property of Francis Schaeffer Cox, the militia founder, and a co-defendant in the case.

Cox and other militia members were arrested March 10. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Thursday on a federal indictment listing six weapons charges.

The informants are listed as "CS-1" and "CS-2" in the documents that described CS-1 as a convicted felon who hoped to have a pending felony fraud charge reduced or dismissed through his cooperation with law enforcement. CS-2 has no criminal record, according to the affidavits.

Recordings made by CS-1 include a Feb. 12 meeting at which Cox is suspected of announcing the "241" -- or two-for-one -- plan to have militia members respond to any attempt by law enforcement to serve an arrest warrant on Cox or arrest or kill any member with twice the force, such as kidnapping two judges, the documents state.

Nelson Traverso, an attorney for Cox, did not immediately return a call or email Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Later, CS-1 recorded Cox pointing out the homes of two Alaska state troopers on a map and giving him a piece of paper with the name of a trooper to add to the target list, according to the documents.

The newspaper reported the affidavits said Cox made plans at a March 5 meeting to sneak his family out of Alaska in a truck trailer and return to the state alone to "wage guerrilla warfare."

The documents also describe a trip made by CS-1 to a statewide militia convention in Anchorage from Feb. 4-6. Cox canceled his attendance at the conference because his wife was having a child but asked CS-1 about acquiring grenades and explosives.

Federal prosecutors have not said whether Cox succeeded in acquiring explosives, but one of the charges in the indictment is possession of unregistered destructive devices.

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