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Authorities: Goldsboro man posed threat to DC rally

Posted October 14, 2015

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— A Goldsboro man was jailed on weapons and drug charges after the FBI received a tip that he posed a threat to a rally in Washington, D.C., Wayne County authorities said Wednesday.

Marshal Vance Johnson Jr., of 109 JJ Lane, was being held in the Wayne County jail under a $40,000 bond. He is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of marijuana.

Members of an FBI task force contacted Wayne County deputies early in October after getting a tip that Johnson has "possible extreme anti-government ideology" and planned to attend a Washington rally "with violent intentions," Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Effler said he couldn't disclose what rally might have been targeted. The FBI is still investigating and will decide whether to pursue further charges against Johnson, he said.

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  • Tyrone Biggum Oct 14, 2015
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    "It just really bothers me when our government is monitoring our own citizens in order to make sure we stay in line with what they say is acceptable."

    Uhh...what? Your suggestion being total anarchy? Besides your obvious objection to the illegality of marijuana, what other laws do you find unfair? We have it pretty good comparatively speaking to other countries. Comparing the US to communist China is a comical stretch.

  • Sam Adams Oct 14, 2015
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    Yes, sir I did see that and I do agree that he should be charged for that crime. Not denying that at all. However, I would be very curious to know what led him to be targeted by the FBI in the first place. He should not be investigated at all if someone just said that "hey this person has anti-government ideology."

    In my opinion, the marijuana is a non issue because it should be legal and will be one day. If we are truly free in this country then the government has zero right to tell a grown adult how he or she can live their lives. Obviously, that's a separate issue.

    I am proud to have served our country and I did so to ensure freedom for all citizens. It just really bothers me when our government is monitoring our own citizens in order to make sure we stay in line with what they say is acceptable. That's not freedom at all. I expect that from a country like communist China, not the US.

  • Paul Stroud Oct 14, 2015
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    @Sam Adams, perhaps you missed the part about being a felon in possession of a gun. Do you know that being a felon you have different rules by which you must conduct yourself?