An ongoing investigation detailed in an unclassified FBI report warns of a plot by “anti-fascist activists” to buy guns from a Mexican cartel in order to “stage an armed rebellion” at the southern border, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The militant antifa activists planned to “disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border,” according to a December 2018 document that went out to dozens of federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico.
While “collecting dossiers on mostly American journalists, activists and lawyers in Tijuana involved with the migrant caravan,” federal law enforcement officials discovered the alleged plot, which involved activists purchasing guns from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander,” or Ivan Riebeling.
The unclassified report was provided to the Union-Tribune on the condition the person providing it would not be named, and with the request that the entire document not be shared online because of the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Two additional law enforcement officials confirmed the investigation is ongoing, although no one has been charged. “Unclassified” means information can be released to people without a security clearance, but the document was also labeled “law enforcement sensitive,” which means it was intended to be seen only by those in law enforcement.
“This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence,” the six-page report states. “Receiving agencies are requested not to take action based on this raw reporting without prior coordination with the FBI.”
The FBI sent its report with “priority” to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Administration, among other agencies.
Two people named in the report, Ivan Riebeling and Evan Duke, said the accusations are untrue and illogical.
Duke said he never met Riebeling and that Riebeling was not someone he would have associated with.
Riebeling also said the accusations in the FBI’s report are illogical.
“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico. And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border,” said Reibeling.
Riebeling has a long rap sheet in both the U.S. and Mexico.
The Baja Post reported that he’s been arrested several times in Baja, California, and is “wanted in the United States for robbery and assault on construction company workers.” Riebeling maintains a YouTube channel where he has apparently boasted of stealing tools from construction workers replacing the border wall. He was arrested again last year after refusing to obey a police officer during a traffic stop in Tijuana.