The Dubois County Free Press reported that 3 Members of a Sovereign Citizen group were arrested on Friday.
Indiana State Police arrested the three individuals Friday evening near the Ferdinand exit of I-64 on drug and obstruction charges after they refused to cooperate with authorities.
The three have been identified as 32-year-old Matthew Hill, 30-year-old Clarence Holmes and 27-year-old Zoe Shalom Newsom, all of St. Louis. They refused to comply with police after being stopped for speeding on I-64.
According to the authorities, the three men claimed they were sovereign citizens and thus exempt from statutes and proceedings from the federal, state and municipal levels of government.
The three appeared this afternoon in Dubois County Court in front of Judge Mark McConnell. All three refused to answer any of Judge McConnell’s questions and were sent back to the Dubois County Security Center where they will be formally charged and assigned a public defender.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies the sovereign citizen group as a domestic terrorist threat due its strong anti-government stance. They commonly use their stance to fight taxation as well as speeding and drug infractions.
“These guys aren’t attached to the Sovereign Citizens group. This is something different,” Sheriff Donny Lampert explained. “We have dealt with Sovereign Citizens and even religious groups like this. They are not Islamic though, they claim they are part of the 12 Tribes of Yisrael and are global citizens.”
According to Troopers with ISP, the 3 would not exit their vehicle and refused to identify themselves. Troopers resorted to breaking a window of the vehicle to extricate the men after about 30 minutes.
Police found the men to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a Schedule II controlled substance.
All three were charged initially with a Class D felony Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and with Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Interference with Law Enforcement, Refusal to Aid an Officer and Refusal to Identify Oneself while stopped for an infraction.
Their identities were discovered by fingerprint analysis through comparison with FBI records.