According to new reports, US federal authorities have uncovered a bizarre plot involving far-left activist group “Antifa,” which allegedly involved Mexican cartel members and an armed plan to smuggle illegal migrants into the United States.
Federal investigators determined that US activists sought to purchase weapons from a “Mexico-based cartel associate,” in what has been described as a plan to “stage an armed rebellion at the border.”
While details remain murky, the case seems to have been under investigation since December of 2018, as the ongoing crisis at the US-Mexico border continues to worsen.
From The Epoch Times:
An alleged and bizarre plot has been uncovered, involving a Mexican cartel, “anti-fascist” activists in the United States, “migrant” caravans, and an alleged cartel associate named “Cobra Commander.”
As strange as it sounds, though, the story appears to be rather serious. It involves a plot to start an armed conflict at the U.S.–Mexico border.
The case was uncovered in a federal investigation last year into groups and individuals behind the migrant caravans. Details were included in a Dec. 18, 2018, document from the FBI, which the San Diego Union-Tribune said it obtained.
The document states that part of the federal investigation “focused on an alleged plot by a drug cartel to sell guns to protesters,” and said “activists” had planned to buy guns from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as ‘Cobra Commander,’ or Ivan Riebeling.”
After getting these guns, the newspaper says, “The protesters wanted to ‘stage an armed rebellion at the border.’”
The document isn’t public, so the information can’t be independently verified. A phone call to the FBI press office by The Epoch Times seeking information went unanswered.
The Union-Tribune says the FBI report is unclassified and was provided on the condition that names of individuals in the report weren’t made public. The paper didn’t publish the report online because the investigation is ongoing.
It says the group behind the planned uprising was “anti-fascist activists,” an apparent reference to the anarchist-communist group Antifa—given a key individual it mentions. Antifa’s activities are said to have been classified as domestic terrorism, and the group was being investigated by the FBI in 2017. The group, which has various branches, carries out violent attacks for political intimidation.
In the alleged armed plot at the U.S.–Mexico border, the Union-Tribune cites the document as saying the “anti-fascist” activists had “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border.”
Despite the alleged condition for obtaining the report of not identifying individuals mentioned in it, the Union-Tribune named two of them and alerted them by requesting comment. They were Evan Duke, an Antifa activist, and Riebeling, also known as “Cobra Commander.” Both of them denied the accusations.
According to MundoHispanico, Reibeling had “called to create an army against migrants in Mexico,” in a video he published on social media. It says, “He urged Mexicans to create an ‘international self-defense group’ to combat the caravans of migrants who passed through the Aztec country to reach the United States.”
“In the recording, he even asked the members of Mexican cartels to attack the migrants. However, a review of the Quadratín portal that still remains on the internet mentions the Riebeling file,” according to the MundoHispanico report, translated from Spanish.