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CHARGES: Automatic gun seller tosses 11 grams of meth amid police chase

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A 35-year-old man affiliated with a white supremacist group and close ties to the Native Mob was arrested in Woodbury after a police chase that turned up an AR-15, multiple loaded magazines, and 1,200 rounds.

Samuel David Shoen, a known associate of the Hammerskins, has been charged with the following crimes:

- Methamphetamine possession of 6 grams or more
- 3 counts of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm
- Commission of a crime while wearing or possessing a bullet-resistant vest

If convicted of all charges, Shoen could face up to 75 years in prison and fines totaling $600,000.

The investigation into Shoen began near the end of November when a confidential informant reported that Shoen was carrying a fully automatic Uzi with a silencer around his neck everywhere he went. Furthermore, that informant said Shoen had dozens of grenades and hoped to sell them for $375 apiece.

Law enforcement officers found that despite being a convict who had served time in prison, Shoen possessed body armor and machine guns; however, when the informant tried to buy grenades from Shoen, the effort failed because Shoen said he had traded the explosives for marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, the informant then discussed the "Uzi," which Shoen said was actually a fully automatic Mac 10 that would fire continuously until the trigger was released and had a 36-round magazine. Shoen offered to sell the gun and a silencer for $4,000.

After a series of phone calls and personal meetings, Shoen agreed to sell both items for $3,500 and met the informant and an undercover officer at the Davanni's located at 310 White Bear Avenue in St. Paul on Dec. 11.

The officer performed a function test on the weapon, and the informant paid Shoen the agreed amount; however, the silencer was not in the bag. Police say the weapon had been reported stolen from West St. Paul in 2009.

Shoen was not arrested then. Instead, another confidential informant met Shoen on Dec. 15 after agreeing to visit his grow house in northern Minnesota, the criminal complaint states.

While en route, Shoen allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the informant's head, accusing the person of being a snitch and working with the police. Eventually, the informant was able to calm Shoen, who kept the handgun on his lap while continuing to drive.

The two stopped twice, and the informant said Shoen was acting "very paranoid." At that time, Shoen put on body armor and armed himself with an AR-15 and tried to outfit the informant as well; however, the informant urged him to get a hotel room for the night. Shoen then put the body armor and rifle in the trunk and drove the two to a motel in McGregor, Minn.

Charging documents say once the two checked in and Shoen took a shower, the informant took Shoen's keys, Buick and drove back to the Twin cities. The informant then turned over Shoen's car to police, and a search warrant was obtained to recover the AR-15 and body armor from the vehicle.

Two days later, officers learned Shoen was returning to the metro and set up surveillance at the Wal-Mart located at 850 County Road E in Vadnais Heights. Shoen had been told his car was in the parking lot, and police watched as he arrived in a Saturn with two other men.

Police watched Shoen enter the store and then return to the Saturn, and they followed it from the parking lot. Eventually, police turned on their lights and sirens once backup had arrived, and officers saw an object thrown from the passenger-side window before the Saturn sped up.

A State Patrol squad used a PIT maneuver to force the car off Interstate 694 and into the snow near Valley Creek Road in Woodbury. All three men were arrested, and Shoen was wearing front-and-back ballistic vest held together by white twine. A .40-caliber pistol magazine was found in his jacket pocket.

Officers located a Smith & Wesson .40-calibur pistol from the front passenger floorboard at Shoen's direction. In the trunk, police found two camouflage backpacks as well. In the first, a ballistic vest carrier consistent with the one Shoen was wearing was found, but the second contained a Sig Sauer AR-15 with a foldable stock and a loaded 60-round magazine. Officials say the safety was on and no round was in the chamber.

Police also found 3 loaded 30-round AR-15 magazines, another 60-round magazine and an additional 1,200 rounds. A Wal-Mart bag in the back seat contained an AR-15 optic laser sight and a purchase receipt from the Vadnais Heights store.

The other passenger of the Saturn told police Shoen had asked him to pick him up from a motel in McGregor. When the man and another friend made the trip, they found Shoen standing out of sight by the door with an AR-style rifle, and the passenger said Shoen then told him he was going to jail, had two camo bags, "a lot of dope" and the pistol.

The passenger confirmed that the trio went to Wal-Mart to find Shoen's car, but after searching without success, Shoen bought the "red dot scope" before the group headed back toward Hastings. Once he saw the police car, the passenger said Shoen demanded his gun while repeating, "I'm not going to jail!" and throwing methamphetamine out the window.

A police canine located the baggie, and field tests identified 11.88 grams of the drug.

The passenger refused to give Shoen a weapon, and told police that Shoen had told him it was his "last day" and that he "was not going down without a fight." In fact, the passenger said Shoen instructed them to drop him off so he could "shoot it out" if police tried to pull them over.

No one was injured, and it is unclear whether the United States Attorney's Office may also prosecute Shoen over the incidents.

Shoen's criminal history includes a conviction of a terroristic threat charge in 1998 and a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2002.

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