Three North Carolina men fearing martial law are being accused of stockpiling weapons, as well as attempting to create real grenades out of surplus dummy grenades, according to a report released Monday. Walter Eugene Litteral, Christopher James Barker and Christopher Todd from Gaston County, near Charlotte, were arrested by federal authorities after a month long investigation.
The FBI was tipped that Litteral and Barker were attempting to create homemade explosives out of tennis balls in conjunction with nails and coffee cans filled with ball bearings. The other individual Campbell was attempting to reconstruct grenades out of military surplus dummies.
According to documents Litteral called his explosives “game changers,” and authorities believe he planned on testing the devices with Barker in Shelby, North Carolina.
Federal authorities compiled over 60 pages of information on the suspects including the individuals opinions on Jade Helm 15. The report states that both Litteral and Campbell opposed these military trainings and spoke negatively about it.
Litteral is accused of purchasing ammunition for a long-range .338 caliber rifle, hand-held radios, Kevlar helmets, body armor and face masks.
The associated press reported that federal conspiracy charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Campbell has been charged with a separate firearms charge punishable by 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
In addition to the FBI, agencies assisting in the investigation include the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Air Marshal Service as well as local police in Charlotte, Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia.
The men will remain in federal custody pending the outcome of detention hearings and it was not made clear if they had attorneys.