GREEN SCARE CONTINUESArizona 23 Feb 2006 21:37 GMT
Tucson environmental activist Rod Coronado was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his workplace by agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The arrest is in connection with a Grand Jury indictment in San Diego charging Coronado with "teaching and demonstrating" to others how to commit arson at a lecture he gave August 1, 2003 in San Diego . According to the FBI press release, Coronado "taught and demonstrated the making and use of a destructive device, with the intent that the device be used to commit arson" at a public gathering in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood. Three animal rights activists in San Diego were jailed in 2005 for refusing to testify in the secret Grand Jury investigation.
Coronado is not charged with setting a fire 15 hours before his lecture that caused $50 million in damages and destroyed a large apartment complex under construction in the University Towne Center area of San Diego. Neighbors observed that ATF agents searched his home in the Dunbar Spring neighborhood for several hours.
He will be arraigned at the Tucson Federal Courthouse at 2 pm Thursday afternoon, and possibly extradited to San Diego soon. It is unknown at this time whether he will be released after the arraignment today, or held in custody.
Coronado�s arrest is the latest in the string of arrests across the country related to environmental and animal rights related actions.
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