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Fort Bragg Soldier with Apparent Plot to Remove Racial Minorities from Eastern North Carolina Pleads Guilty to Possessing an Illegal Short Barrel Rifle

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Fort Bragg soldier, Noah Edwin Anthony, 23, who had evidence of a preliminary self-titled “operation,” found on his electronic devices, with the goal “to physically remove as many of [black and brown people] from Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson and Scotland Counties by whatever means need be,” pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing an unregistered short-barrel rifle. Anthony faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced later this year.

According to court documents and information provided in court, Anthony attempted to enter Fort Bragg on March 3, 2022, as gate officers were conducting random vehicle inspections.  The gate officer asked Anthony to step out of the vehicle and immediately located a loaded handgun in the center console.  This handgun was later identified as a “Glock Like” 9mm privately made handgun, commonly called a Ghost Gun, with no serial number.  Anthony was asked if the handgun was registered, and Anthony answered he didn’t have any paperwork for it.  Military Police arrived and located two extended magazines, ammunition, as well as an American flag with a Swastika, instead of blue field and stars, and other Nazi type patches. 

Further search of Anthony’s room on Fort Bragg resulted in disclosure of a 3D printed, FGC-9 rifle with no serial number, a lower receiver, magazines for various firearms, white supremacist literature, t-shirts and patches, as well as several electronic devices.

The FGC-9 firearm was submitted to the ATF Firearms Laboratory who confirmed that it was a short barrel rifle less than 16 inches in violation of the National Firearms Act (NFA).  Additionally, the FGC-9 lacked manufacturer’s marks of identification or serial number and thus had not been registered as required under the NFA.  Anthony pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Diaz is prosecuting the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:22-CR-217-M.


Updated April 26, 2023

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