Couple Spied On, Raided and Kidnapped by Feds for Peaceful Posts Questioning Gov’t

Rachel Blevins–The owners of a tactical supply company were violently arrested and then detained for hours with no explanation while their home was raided by a SWAT Team and their assets were seized—but the evidence used against them by police had nothing to do with alleged illegal activities.

In an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, Sarah Leach said that she and her husband, Andrew, were ambushed and detained by police for more than 13 hours before they finally received an explanation for their arrest. The evidence the officers claimed to have against them came in the form of a previous error made by state police and a stack of papers that contained detailed screenshots of posts from their social media accounts.

“The raid was a result of two things, according to the Riverside Sheriff’s Investigator who interviewed me after having detained me for 13 hours without charges; the fact that they were aware that California Highway Patrol had seized, and then given back to us, high capacity pistol magazines to the prior year, something they are calling an error on CHP’s end. More disturbing were the stacks of printed pages from my social media accounts, particularly those things which criticize police and government overreach, police violence, my personal ideologies regarding self-governance and the inalienable rights we are afforded as human beings, and even memes and jokes they found, as parts of evidence to request a search warrant, including posts of a very subjective and ironic nature.”

Leach said the ordeal began when she and her husband were running errands one morning. After they parked at a strip mall and got out of their car, a patrol car from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department pulled up and blocked their path. Two deputies got out and informed the couple that one of the taillights on their car was out.

“We attempted to thank them and proceed, but were blocked from movement,” Sarah Leach said. “It was at that point I noticed a few others sheriff’s vehicles had arrived, including undercover vehicles. I realized this was not a traffic stop when I saw police agents in blue jeans with AR-15s surrounding the area. I began to record on my phone and inquire as to whether I was being charged, detained, or was free to go. They violently cuffed me, threw my phone on the hood of the car, and shoved me in the back of an un-air-conditioned police vehicle for about one hour until their supervisor arrived to begin questioning me about aforementioned magazines.”

After the pair were violently handcuffed, they spent the rest of the day in police custody, and while they were being treated like criminals, they were given little explanation about what crimes they had committed. During that time, a number of federal agencies worked together to raid the Leach’s home, seizing more than 100 personal items—all of which was obtained legally.

We were transported to the police station, where we would subsequently be held for 13 hours without being able to make a phone call or ascertain charges against us,” Leach said. “All the while, the SWAT team, with the assistance of the ATF, FBI, and National Terrorism Task Force raided my home, removing over 120 items, the vast majority of them NOT being our personal firearms, but business records, personal hard drives which house film and music, notebooks, maps of the local area, plate carriers, legally obtained ammunition, the magazines in question, and a great deal of other personal effects and assets.”

Leach told The Free Thought Project that the investigators gave “no other reason for the raid than inflammatory social media posts,” and they revealed that an investigation was started after a post on one of their social media accounts was reported by a “concerned individual.”

“They had allegedly been observing us for about one month, as well as observing Andrew’s elderly parents, a Baptist minister, and a county librarian, possibly the most harmless and docile individuals on earth, who have been dragged into this investigation, which is especially tragic consider Andrew’s father had suffered a stroke only a few weeks ago and has been in healing, just recently able to return to his work as a preacher,” Leach said.

A copy of the search warrant given to Sarah and Andrew Leach by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department lists both of their personal Facebook accounts:

Affidavit from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Image via Sarah Leach.

In response to a request for comment, the department’s media information bureau told TFTP, “Unfortunately, this investigation is still ongoing and the details surrounding this investigation are not available for release.”

Leach said that after she and her husband were arrested, federal agents used the garage door opener in her car to gain access to her house. While the physical damage to the property was small, she said they were traumatized by the fact that the feds raided their home and stole countless possessions after obtaining a search warrant with no legitimate evidence.

The damage was minimal in the sense of the physical integrity of the house. SWAT raids these days are known for tearing people’s walls apart, shooting their pets, breaking their windows,” Leach said. “The real damage comes from the horror of your personal property and your home being violated so egregiously over claims that can never be proven, as they are so absolutely false.”

The Leachs own a tactical supply company in California. They do not sell firearms, but they do sell parts that can be used by individuals on their firearms, among a variety of other products. Leach noted that the business is completely legal, and follows all of the state’s regulations.

We do not sell firearms, rather, we sell the parts and tools to be purchased by customers who wish to complete or modify their own firearm. We also sell knives, flashlights, t-shirts, belts, vests, optics, and various tactical supplies,” Leach said. “Our customer base is very diverse, from elderly women to law enforcement and military.”

As the couple attempts to put their life back together, they are faced with the task of appearing in court for a victimless crime that boils down to the fact that law enforcement chose to target them over of a series of social media posts they deemed “offensive.”

While there are cases where police find violent threats online that were posted by suspected gunmen in the days before their attacks, and cases where FBI informants befriend individuals for the sake of convincing them to agree to carry out an attack, the Leachs’ case, is the exact opposite.

As Leach noted, the screenshots that were used by police depicted content that questioned the narrative, criticized government overreach and called for police accountability. Instead of advocating for violence or threatening anyone, the posts condemned the violent methods used by the government and police.

In response, several federal agencies wasted taxpayer funds to spy on, detain and interrogate an innocent couple.

“This is precisely what we have been warned about regarding prosecution over thought crimes,” Leach said. “Whether or not you support firearm rights, or even like us personally, it must be acknowledged that a search warrant was obtained at least in part based on opinions, both serious and joking, that have been said online among friends, a true Orwellian nightmare manifest into reality.”

If you would like to donate to Sarah and Andrew Leach’s legal fund you can do so here.

7 Replies to “Couple Spied On, Raided and Kidnapped by Feds for Peaceful Posts Questioning Gov’t

  1. Bullies are bitches. Things are getting hot. This spring, like BLM at the Bundy ranch when faced by citizens armed, guns pointed away AND against them, they turned tail and ran away. Interesting the Bundys learned from past events like the Dividian’s at Waco, and the snipers killing a wife and child of a man that sold a shotgun with a barrel one inch too short at Ruby Ridge.

    Does the US Stassi FBI and local warlords, sheriffs and local police, think any operation will go down like those did ever again? Do they think the US citizens we go down like the Germans did to the Nazis in WWII? Idts.

    Can the total population of criminals in the “Criminal Justice” system count? Do they not see the 100-1,000 to 1 overmatch?

    May God give them what they want, as soon as possible.

  2. This is one more reason to GET OFF OF FACEBOOK, AND DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT(S)!
    In this instance, Facebook has been used AGAINST it’s ‘users’ by an out-of-control and tyrannical Law Enforcement element!
    BTW, the Branch Davidians were turned-in by a UPS driver for ordering gun PARTS, and not entire guns themselves.
    & if you haven’t already done so, ditch ALL Social media and software that allows third parties to track you.
    Stay away from Microsoft; get Linux or Ubuntu instead.
    Load Linux / Ubuntu onto a hybrid onto a blank SSHD hybrid Hard Drive AFTER removing your old Hard Drive.
    Install Bleachbit, and use it after every session.
    You may even wish to get an iCloak stick, and a VPN for your desktop to go with the hardware and software changes.
    If you have :30 minutes of spare time, and your lawyers can afford you :30 minutes to discuss your Second Amendment Right to self-defense against illegal warrants, bogus criminal charges, and Law Enforcement Officers who are threatening your life and limb, then you need to get clarifications and know where you stand in the state that you are in.
    Once that is done, have your lawyer send LE (City, County, State and Federal) a letter stating that you have been briefed on your Constitutional Rights, the Right to Bear Arms, and the Right of Defense against Warrantless Searches, seizures and forfeitures, and the potential use of deadly force as per Civil / Human Rights violations and abuse by Law Enforcement when / if you have your life and limb threatened by the same!
    Tyranny is being allowed to flourish in the U.S. by design.
    When was the last time you saw Law Enforcement harassing your neighbor? When was the last time you picked-up your firearm and came to your neighbor’s defense when you saw Law Enforcement beating him / her whilst in handcuffs, tasered, pepper-sprayed or shot???

  3. “First they came for the Communists, but I said nothing as I was not a Communist. …”

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”– Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

  4. The enforcement class in this country is rapidly going full Soviet style. One can hardly criticize the KGB or Gestapo given the actions of the FBI/CIA.

  5. It smells like this couple has been using the cover of their “totally legal tactical supply business” to illegally modify semi-automatic weapons to full-auto.

    And because they seem to be “soverign citizens” and “libertarians” who were posting their weirdo beliefs on a public forum (Facebook), including threatening statements and their belief that they are special snowflakes for whom those “pesky laws” don’t apply, they were practically begging for the attention of law enforcement.

    I’m sure their computers were taken to examine their “business”- business contacts, business sales, business earnings, bank records, who-paid-for-what-and-when, etc., to find out exactly how much under-the-table work they have been doing and for whom.

    The FBI, ATF, Homeland Security (anti-terrorism), Secret Service and local law enforcement didn’t just happen to randomly show up in this couple’s life.

    This couple has now spent the last two-three days “erasing” their internet presence. LOL- too late, kids. You are dealing with grown-ups now (and probably have been for a while- you just didn’t know it).

    Now this couple will spend years and every penny they ever hoped to earn to attempt to avoid a stay at Club Fed.

    Franky, they deserve it.

    They are not “good guys with guns”. They are exactly the type of irresponsible folks who should not be allowed to own guns.

    All of us, and especially responsible gun owners, should offer a sincere “Thank You” the unknown person who had the courage to report them.

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