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A federal grand jury has indicted Mark Adams Prieto, 58, of Prescott, Arizona, on charges of firearms trafficking, transferring a firearm for use in a hate crime and possession of an unregistered firearm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona announced the indictment this week, following an extensive investigation into Prieto’s alleged plan to commit a mass shooting targeting Black Americans and other minorities in an attempt to incite a race war before the 2024 presidential election.

According to the indictment, Prieto began discussions in January 2024 with two individuals he believed shared his racist beliefs. Unbeknownst to Prieto, these individuals were undercover FBI agents. The discussions involved detailed planning for a violent attack at a concert in Atlanta scheduled for May 14-15, 2024. The Hill reported that Prieto sold an AK-style rifle on February 25, 2024, and an AR-style rifle on March 24, 2024, to one of the undercover agents.

The FBI, in collaboration with the ATF, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Prescott Police Department, closely monitored Prieto’s activities. On May 14, 2024, law enforcement stopped Prieto while he was traveling east from Arizona through New Mexico on Interstate 40. At the time of his arrest, Prieto was in possession of seven firearms. Following his detention, authorities executed a search warrant at his residence in Prescott, where they discovered additional firearms, including an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

Each count of firearms trafficking and transferring a firearm for use in a hate crime carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The charge for possessing an unregistered NFA firearm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, with support from the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, is overseeing the prosecution. The Phoenix FBI field office, along with the Albuquerque FBI field office and various state and local law enforcement agencies, conducted the investigation.

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55 COMMENTS

  1. Race war? Like BlackLootersMurder “mostly peaceful protests” 4 years ago?? Or Antifools attempted murder of a 17 year old kid in Kenosha??? Gotcha🙄

    • I was interested in hearing about this story teased by Missy. Then this happened: “Unbeknownst to Prieto, these individuals were undercover FBI agents.” I’ve seen this story before.

  2. Sounds like Michigan all over again. Who’s at fault, the perp or the fbi agents egging him on

    • Given they actually arrested him I am more curious what he had in the manifesto or if he was just a dealer. Either way see what shakes lose over the next few weeks as the truth catches up with initial reports.

    • It’s about 100% the FBI doing this. They just happened to find a willing patsy. Entrapment laws really need a serious revision.

      • Yeah, the only two people he knew were both FBI informants??? Bet the SBR was a AR with a brace, which won’t survive court review.

        Reminds me of the FBI luring a literal retard in Wisconsin a few years back and entrapping him. The agency is sick and should be abolished.

      • They’ll make him read or sign a statement that he wanted to kill black people. Or they’ll release certain communications without all of the FBI informant context. Gotta push the narrative for sheep consumption.

    • Fascinating reading, so many are attempting to deny actual violent racism by a responsible gun owner who frequented gun shows.

      Occam‘s razor.

      • “Fascinating reading, so many are attempting to deny actual violent racism by a responsible gun owner who frequented gun shows.

        Occam‘s razor.”

        You obviously don’t understand what the terms “responsible gun owner” or ‘Occam‘s razor’. To understand these you need to known what context means and evidently you don’t.

    • Michigan all over?

      No, the boys in Michigan were a whole level up in the delusional Trump supporters hierarchy:

      “Fix was second-in-command to Fox in a paramilitary group, prosecutors said in an October 2022 court filing. Fix participated in “field training exercises” that involved weapons handling and meetings that included talk of attacking Whitmer, storming the Michigan Capitol and taking hostages, the document said.

      It said Fix claimed falsely to have been a Navy SEAL and to have a supply of weapons and a Black Hawk military helicopter that could be used in the kidnapping. Fix provided information about the location of Whitmer’s Antrim County house to Fox and others during a surveillance visit, prosecutors said.“

      https://upnorthlive.com/amp/news/local/man-accused-of-supporting-whitmer-kidnap-plot-pleads-guilty-to-20-year-felony

      So how do you folks feel about the stolen valor action of the one claiming to be an SEAL?

  3. Fortunately he was stopped and didn’t get to go bananas like the sanders supporter who shot up a congressional baseball game and nearly killed Steve Scalise. Such bigotry and racism began centuries ago and thrived in the democRat Party therefore the Racism and Bigotry seen today in America circles back to the democRat Party.

  4. Not in this article, nor the U.S. Attorney’s press release, nor in any of the numerous news articles about Prieto’s indictment, could I find any reference to his motivation or politics. If he had any connection at all with conservative, or right-wing, or white supremacist groups it would be literally unbelievable for that information not to be reported, and probably be part of the headlines. Almost as unbelievable would be the absence of such mention if he were associated with the other, left, end of the political spectrum. I wonder what gives?

  5. He is just like Charles Manson. The pot smoking hero of the Left. He also wanted to start a race war. By killing white celebrities and blame the murders on black people.

    This guy will do just fine in prison. Race wars are quite normal in many US prisons.

    • Less mouthy, self-important, attention-seeking “White celebrities” (codeword for “elitist” Liberals) who could be opposed to thaaaat?

      The FBLie and their DOPe (Dept of Persecution) bosses including U.S. AG Merrick Gefiltefish (real name “Garfinkel”) are up to their old tricks again trying to Whitmer Kidnapping Hoax another poor b@$t@®d all to increase their local office’s budget while smearing gun owners right before we cast our ballots (classic “election interference”)

      • You might be right on that. If you believe this. The CIA used Charles Manson as an LSD mind control experiment.
        Maybe they did?

  6. Mark Adams Prieto is going to be enjoying the accommodations of FCI Tucson for a few years, if he’s lucky he’ll get to feed the goldfish.

    Prieto is the useful idiot moron that every dictionary has a photo of.

    • Not if I’m on the jury. Are you telling us after Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the recent Arkansas aiport manager case in addition to the Las Vegas & Nashville cover-ups you actually believe the consumate fabricators at the FBLie/DOPe (Dept of Persecution)? This case calls for “Jury Nullification”, all he needs is one juror, just one.

      • Unless he gets Trump’s “judge” where the jury doesn’t have to agree on which crime he is guilty or even have a majority (let alone unanimous) to convict.

    • I wonder how much alcohol they pumped into him and how selectively (heavily rearranged) the surveillance video has been edited, I’m picturing Homer Simpson’s TV interview after plucking the gummi bear off the babysitter’s rear end.

      • One of the main reasons I stay away from gun shows, ranges and protests. The Feds infest all three.

    • “The FBI found another r*tard to entrap“

      Could be that’s the reason the undercover agents were hanging out at the gun shows, as Dud says, “easy pickings”.

      • If you’re looking for a$$, I suggest you f* off over to The Advocate. While I’m suspicious of a few of the commenters here, I suggest you go elsewhere to get your rocks off.

  7. The Bumpstock FALLOUT Begins… Gun Controllers Tip Their Hand In Their Rush To Emotional MELTDOWN.

  8. The idea of a race war escapes me. Who kills black men at 10-20 times the murder rate for whites? Not white people. It is white liberals who are leading the war on straight white men.

    • Who also conducts the majoity of the knockout game? Assaults on Asians?
      Who is chanting to kill Jews?

      • Kill who?

        This?

        “Israeli nationalists chant ‘Death to Arabs’ in annual Jerusalem Day march through Palestinian area of the city
        By — Julia Frankel, Associated Press
        World Jun 5, 2024 10:38 AM EDT
        JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of mostly ultranationalist Israelis took part in an annual march through a dense Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, with some stoking wartime tensions and chanting “Death to Arabs.”

        Oh, here it is, young white Christians at the ‘Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville:

        “The demonstration was suffused with anti-black racism, but also with anti-Semitism. Marchers displayed swastikas on banners and shouted slogans like “blood and soil,” a phrase drawn from Nazi ideology. “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal n_ggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street“

        https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/nazis-racism-charlottesville/536928/

  9. Why do these people think they will be the ones to state a race war?
    And it can be whites or blacks.

  10. I’m really disappointed to hear they stopped him on a highway, detained him, and searched his house.
    Isn’t it supposed to be, CRASH *BRRRRRRRRPPPPPP ! ! POW POW POW*
    Yip Yip Yip
    (Agggh they got me.)
    “LAW ENFORCEMENT
    We have a search warrant.”
    Them Arizona cops need more Federal training.

    • Somebody screwed up that is not sop. They didn’t even shute the dog or a random neighbor

  11. Just another case of a fed or fed informant getting an idiot to run their mouth so they can make a high profile arrest and show everyone what heros they are. Setting up the pins just so they can knock them down has been the ATFs MO for as long as they have been around.

    • “getting an idiot to run their mouth“

      It was slightly more than that, he provided semiautomatic rifles to two individuals he believed would use them to commit violent homicide.

      So is that sort of weapons trafficking OK with you, just as long as the right people get shot?

      • Minor Intellect:

        No one got shot and as you know from others of persuasion who fantasize about sex with kiddies if the dude in question had such fantasies that isn’t illegal ie. a crime. The tell that the FBLie is up to their old tricks concocting stories is that a guy in Arizona was concerned with blacks, a red herring if I ever heard of one, had he truly intended on causing mayhem he would’ve suggested targeting the crimmugee reception centers/shelters along the Arizona-Mexico border.

      • Minor Intellect:

        No one got shot and as you know from others of your favorite “orientation” who fantasize about sex with kiddies even if the dude in question had such fantasies (highly unlikely unless he’s black himself and/or a Democrat like you who supports the infanticide of minorities) that isn’t illegal ie. “a crime”. The tell that the FBLie is up to their old tricks concocting stories is that a guy in Arizona was concerned with blacks IN GEORGIA (of all places), a red herring if I ever heard of one, had he truly intended on causing mayhem he would’ve suggested targeting some place closer to home perhaps the Mestizo crimmugee reception centers/shelters in every large city near the U.S.-Mexico border as they have surpassed blacks and now make up 33% of the population.

  12. Prieto also allegedly claimed to have been a Ukrainian mercenary and to have killed Russian soldiers. He also told the informant that he only dealt in cash as to avoid the ATF, the indictment says.

    An FBI agent accompanied the informant to a Crossroads of the West show on Jan. 20 this year to meet Prieto, who, the next day, allegedly asked the agent and informant to help execute his plans to shoot-up a rap concert in Atlanta, Georgia.

    According to the indictment, Prieto told the pair that he planned to target the concert because there would a lot of Black people there, who he blamed for increasing crime rates in Georgia.

    “You want to corral them. And some people might be trying to leave out of a corner, and you want to blast those guys. Once [they] get the idea that they are trapped, then there is pandemonium. Now they’re in a panic. And they can’t get out. Now they are going to be crawling over each other to get out,” Prieto allegedly told the pair.

    Prieto planned to put up Confederate flags around the concert after the shooting with the message that “we’re going to fight back now, and every whitey will be the enemy across the whole country,” the indictment says.

    • Another day, another conspiracy theorist who can’t believe there are crazy people with guns.

      • So? You punish all. Restrict all of our human and civil rights because of a few crazies?

        You fascists never change.

      • “According to the indictment, Prieto began discussions in January 2024 with two individuals he believed shared his racist beliefs. Unbeknownst to Prieto, these individuals were undercover FBI agents.”

        Yup. Total serendipity that the people he happened to be talking to were FBI agents. Man, those FBI agents are psychic or something, always being in the right place at the right time. They never troll for borderline unstable people and goad them into crazy statements. No way that ever happens!

        • That’s an interesting theory, you think they should leave the “borderline unstable people” alone.

          Right, what could go wrong.

          • Knowing the FBI, they probably provided the guns and the motivation. The same way they “make” terrorists by pushing them toward some evil and provide all the goods, set them up, and then arrest them. We all know the FBI is more interested in shutting down school board free speech than taking out true criminals. It is time the political FBI was dissolved.

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