Two men in Florida were arrested last week after allegedly planning an all-out attack on a police station using a rocket launcher.
The suspects were placed in custody following a raid on Thursday that uncovered a massive cache of drugs and weapons, including twenty-two firearms, several containers of black powder, bulletproof vests, a pound of marijuana, several containers of crack cocaine, and a gilly suit used for camoflage.
The suspects in Florida have been identified as Christopher Conger and Jeremy Robertson, both ex-cons. A third suspect – and the rocket launcher – was nowhere to be found.
Police were reportedly tipped off by an inmate who warned them of a rocket launcher assault on the police station in Eustis, Fla.
“It did concern me — when you start talking about rocket grenade launchers — so I felt very confident that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office would pursue any leads,” Eustis Police Chief Fred Cobb told a local news station.
Police stations around the country are taking steps to protect their officers following reports that gang members and criminals are targeting police. The LAPD ordered officers to ride in pairs after it was reported that street gangs had pledged to “take out” cops following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
There’s no telling how much damage the would-be attackers in Florida could have caused with the military-grade arsenal they had assembled. According to Lake County Sherriff Chris Blair, last week’s raid may have saved police lives.
“You cannot measure prevention,” he said. “We don’t know what we prevented by taking these guns off the street and putting these two individuals in custody.”