Tennessee man who was working with militias planned to act as a sniper and attack Southern border, feds say

A Tennessee man who planned to travel to the southern border with an arsenal of weapons and explosives to “stir up the hornet’s nest” was arrested Monday, federal officials say.

Paul Faye, who told undercover agents that the U.S. was “being invaded” by illegal immigrants, has been charged with selling an unregistered firearm suppressor, according to a criminal complaint federal prosecutors filed this week in Nashville, Tennessee.

Faye faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted. He will appear in federal court Monday for a detention hearing.

Faye’s public defender could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Faye had been on the FBI’s radar for a year, and late last year, he told an undercover FBI agent that he was coordinating with militia groups from Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee and planning to travel to the border, the document says. He said he planned to meet up with a person who could make explosives to take to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the court document.

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