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'Tactical knives' found in FBI raid, arrest of hate group leader

Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 09:14:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The leader of a hate group in Tallahassee was in court Thursday morning after he was arrested at his mother's house following an FBI search.

Jordan Jereb, the self-proclaimed leader of a the Republic of Florida, appeared before a Leon County judge from a jail camera. He's charged with violating his probation from a 2016 extortion case.

Authorities say they found tactical knifes and weapons during Wednesday's raid of his mother's home in a Piney Z neighborhood. Since Jereb is on probation, authorities say he violated his conditions by having weapons.

His court appearance has been postponed until Friday, so Jereb's attorney, who is listed as Nathan Prince on paperwork, will be present. That's also the lawyer representing accused quadruple murderer Henry Segura.

So far, the FBI hasn't shared any more information about this investigation. 

Overnight, WTXL confirmed Jereb's arrest comes as a 2016 case involving him making threatening statements to an employee in Governor Rick Scott's office has been reopened.

Just last month, Jereb took back a claim that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a member of the Republic of Florida.

His group calls for Florida to be a white ethno-state and to use armed force if necessary.