June 20 (UPI) -- Three people were arrested in California over the weekend, found with guns and explosives while claiming to be so-called sovereign citizens, police confirmed Monday.
Officers initially stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Twentynine Palms Highway, outside Joshua Tree National Park. They found live ammunition, black gunpowder, and an improvised military-grade explosive device inside the vehicle, according to deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Basin Sheriff's Station.
"While continuing to investigate, deputies learned additional explosives were located on a property in Johnson Valley," the department said in a release.
With the help of bomb and arson specialists, officers searched the remote sovereign citizen compound in Johnson Valley, Calif. They found further military-grade explosives, ammunition, and firearms and also arrested a woman at the compound.
David Russell, Jeffrey Russell, and Venus Mooney are all from Johnson Valley. All three have been charged with possession of an explosive device and possession of a controlled substance while armed. They are being held without bail, ahead of their next court appearance.