Three men have been arrested on drug charges in the Denver area, one of them carrying weapons that authorities said may have been intended for use against Barack Obama, reports the Denver Post. Law enforcement sources said the men may be part of a white-supremacist group. U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said Obama and visitors at the Democratic National Convention were never in danger. “We can say this: We’re absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention or the people of Colorado,” Eid said.
The incident began early Sunday, when a rented pickup being driven by Tharin Gartrell, 28, was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. Authorities saw two rifles in the truck, with a high-powered scope, a bulletproof vest, a walkie-talkie, several boxes of ammunition, and some methamphetamine. After two others were arrested, the Secret Service determined there was a “credible threat” from the individuals directed toward Obama. Aurora, Co., police spokesman Marcus Dudley said, “Behavior like this can be characterized as highly suspicious – the ammo, the weapons, clearly would give us great concern.”