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Militia leader indicted on weapons charge

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A Birmingham man described by authorities as the leader of a militia in north Alabama has been indicted on federal weapons charges, including conspiring to make and possess homemade explosives.

William James Hudson, 56, whose indictment was announced by the U.S. attorney’s office Tuesday, has been held without bond since his arrest June 27.

His arrest followed raids in April that led to the arrest of five other men described as members of the Alabama Free Militia and the seizure of a cache of makeshift weapons. Authorities said agents seized 130 homemade hand grenades, a grenade launcher, about 70 hand grenades rigged to be fired from a rifle, a machine gun, a short-barrel shotgun and 2,500 rounds of ammunition in the raids in DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall and Jefferson counties.

The five have entered guilty pleas to various federal weapons charges.

Hudson was indicted on two counts of failing to register a firearm and one count each of conspiring to make and possess an improvised explosive projectile, aiding and abetting others in making improvised explosive projectiles and conspiring with others to make, transfer and possess a machine gun.

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