Small-town police chief jumps the gun

Associated Press

FREDERIC, Wis. — A man arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in this northwestern Wisconsin community had a federal drug warrant out for him, but no known link to terrorism, FBI officials said.

Frederic Police Chief R.J. Severude said earlier that one of his officers stopped a van about 11:30 a.m., and when the man’s Minnesota driver’s license was checked there were felony warrants for him, including funding terrorist attacks.

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Milwaukee office issued a statement Tuesday night saying that the man had only a warrant from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"He’s wanted on a drug warrant, but he is not wanted by the FBI, and he has no nexus to terrorism," the statement said. "He is not on a terrorist watch list either."


Frederic is a Polk County village of about 1,250 people.

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