|More evidence links BG man to neo-Nazis|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:47|
Items discovered via search warrants at the Toledo home and business of a Bowling Green businessman indicted on federal firearms charges indicate additional possible associations with neo-Nazi or white supremacist organizations.
The items included bumper stickers and a video of a 2005 neo-Nazi gathering.
Evidence recovery logs obtained by the Sentinel-Tribune show that the items were recovered last month by authorities working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with a number of firearms and more than 40,500 rounds of ammunition.
The VHS tape was labeled as containing the "NSM National Meeting 2005" - referring to a gathering of the National Socialist Movement, identified as one of the "most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate group activities in the country.
Also discovered during the searches were bumper stickers for the National Alliance, which the SPLC identified as having once been among the country's leading hate groups, but which has declined in power in recent years.
Mark Potok, of the SPLC, said Monday that Schmidt also posted on a white supremacist website some years ago under the online handle "Vinlander 101".
Potok said that handle might additionally point towards association with the noted skinhead organization the Vinlanders Social Club, which reportedly operates out of the Midwest.
One of Schmidt's trailers at the Woodland Mall was registered to the Vinland Preservation League in Toledo.
Schmidt, who was convicted of manslaughter in 1990 in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, was arrested Dec. 21 and indicted for the possession of a number of firearms, body armor, and more than 40,500 rounds of ammunition.
Possession of those items is a crime due to his status as a convicted felon. The guns included pistols, assault rifles, and shotguns.
Schmidt is also charged with trafficking and attempted trafficking in counterfeit NFL, Nike, Reebok, and Louis Vuitton goods found at the store.
He was arraigned on the charges in U.S. District Court on Jan. 22 and remains in federal custody.
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