FBI arrests alleged meth dealer, militiaman in St. Tammany

James Moore booking photo courtesy the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

James Moore booking photo courtesy the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

MANDEVILLE, La. (WGNO) – A joint FBI terrorism task force arrested an alleged methamphetamine dealer and member of the Louisiana Tactical Militia today in Mandeville.

James Moore, 46, of Talisheek, is accused of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and claimed to have access to more than 80 firearms and stockpiles of food to maintain “his militia” for a 60-day period, according to a news release from the FBI New Orleans.

Moore was arrested in Mandeville and charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The FBI did not release any details about the Louisiana Tactical Militia or what it does in the state, but a Louisiana Tactical Militia Facebook page says it “is not a hate group.”

“We respect all law enforcement,” the page says. “We are American patriots who only care for American people’s liberties and rights.”