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Drug charge for suspect in threat

August 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A man suspected of making racist threats against Barack Obama limped into federal court on crutches and was formally advised of a methamphetamine-possession charge against him.

Therin Gartrell, 28, was arrested Sunday, just before the Democratic National Convention began in Denver. Authorities said he was pulled over in the suburb of Aurora in a rented truck that contained rifles, a bulletproof vest, wigs and fake IDs. Police said he and two other men, Shawn Adolf and Nathan Johnson, had talked about killing Obama.

The U.S. attorney's office later said the men were drug users who made racist threats but had no firm assassination plot and no ability to carry one out. No one has been charged in relation to the alleged threats.

Gartrell was on crutches when arrested, Aurora police said. He did not enter a plea.

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