A suspected white supremacist is under arrest after an investigation led police to find he was armed with an AK-47, a handgun and a stockpile of ammo and magazines in the woods in South Jersey over the weekend.
Lacey Township police said the man was found as a task force of officers from several agencies sought to detect criminal activity in a 60-square-mile wooded area in Lacey Township, Ocean County on Sunday.
During the investigation, task force officers spotted a suspicious vehicle just after 1 p.m. parked in the woods off a path. They checked out vehicle and found two men, one of whom was wearing combat gear, in the woods nearby, police said.
The man wearing the combat gear, identified by police as 42-year-old Bruce Post III, gave officers indications that he may have white supremacist ties, according to the Lacey Township Police Department. Police did not specify exactly what Post did or said that made them suspect that.
Investigating Post further, task force officers found that he had an AK-47, a Walther P38 9mm handgun, eight 30-round magazines and a 100-round drum magazine and "various forms of ammunition" hidden in the woods in the area, police said. Post was arrested.
Breaking news and the stories that matter to your neighborhood.
The Hamilton resident is charged with illegally possessing a weapon as a felon, unlawful gun possession and prohibited weapons possession for allegedly having high-capacity magazines. His bail was set at $400,000 full cash, and is being held in the Ocean County Correctional Facility, police said.
It not immediately clear if Post had retained an attorney.
The man who was with Post at the time, identified only as a 38-year-old from Hamilton, was detained but not arrested, police said. An ongoing investigation could potentially lead to charges for him as well, according to investigators.
Lacey Township police said they established the task force three weeks ago to combat trespassing in the woods by people on off-road vehicles, fire hazards and other criminal activity in the wooded areas of Lacey Township.