Three men charged with murder conspiracy, anti-government activity

A Floyd County man and two others from Georgia are currently in jail for charges that allege they were involved in a white supremacist group with plans to overthrow the government and murder a Bartow County couple.

Other arrests have been made across the country, but based on the investigation by Floyd County Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation the training camp and leadership was based at a home in Silver Creek.

Luke Austin Lane (age 21) was arrested near his home on Wednesday without incident and is being housed at the Floyd County Jail pending charges of conspiracy to commit murder and participation in the criminal gang known as “The Base.” Lane was denied bond on Thursday.

Two others from Georgia include: Michael John Helterbrand (age 25) from Dalton and Jacob Kaderli (age 19) of Dacula, who were both arrested in different locations. Kaderli is now being housed in Floyd County and Helterbrand is expected to arrive today. They have also being charged with conspiracy to commit murder and participation in a criminal street gang.

The Atlanta office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the bulk of the preliminary investigation and assisted local authorities with follow up investigations.

The members of The Base are described in arrest affidavits as a racially motivated, violent extremist group that sought to “accelerate the downfall of the United States government, incite a race war and establish a white ethno-state.”

The group was involved in recruiting new members online, meeting to discuss strategy and practicing in paramilitary training camps on a 100-acre tract in Silver Creek. Facts that detail evidence of the arrest are contained in criminal warrants and affidavits for arrest.

Exhibit in support of arrest

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