An investigation following the recent discovery of seven pipe bombs near a federal building in Laguna Niguel has led authorities to an anti-tax splinter group of the Posse Comitatus, according to government sources.
The FBI is investigating possible links between the bombs, found March 2 near the Chet Hollifield Building, and William P. Gale, the leader of the tax protesters group. Gale and six associates were arrested last October on charges that they made death threats against Internal Revenue Service agents in Nevada.
Only two of the seven bombs contained live explosives. No one was hurt, and no group claimed responsibility for placing the bombs.
FBI officials in Las Vegas confirmed that their office is involved in the investigation of the incident.
"We basically have information from our offices there in Los Angeles, but beyond that I really can't comment as to what we're doing," said Patrick Foran, Las Vegas FBI assistant special agent in charge. "We are aware of the bombs that were allegedly placed in (Orange County) at a federal building."