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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NJ: Neo-Nazi leader from Ridgewood charged with threatening head of New York Anti-Defamation League

Jacques Pluss

A Ridgewood man with ties to neo-Nazi organizations was arrested by New Jersey State Police this morning following a SWAT team raid on his apartment and charged with threatening the director of the New York chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

The New Jersey State Police Central Security Unit began investigating Jacques Pluss, 57, of Heights Road, after the League turned over emailed threats to its director, said Acting NJSP Major Gerald Lewis.

The unit investigates threats against politicians, judges and other public figures.

“As part of our investigation, we found that he has ties to neo-Nazi organizations, and that he frequently visited neo-Nazi websites,“ Lewis said.

At 6:30 a.m., the Troop B SWAT team—armed with a search warrant—descended on the apartment, along with detectives from the CSU, cyber crimes and K9 units, investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice, and Ridgewood police.

As Pluss was being arrested on charges of bias intimidation and harassment, a search turned up three rifles.

His wife was taken into custody “for investigative purposes pertaining to possible weapons offenses.”

Pluss had been prohibited from possessing weapons under a restraining order on file in Superior Court in Hackensack.

He is being held on $25,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail.

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