FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A white supremacist arrested by FBI agents in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood appeared before a judge on Wednesday.
The judge ordered 32-year-old Paul Miller to be held without bond, saying there are too many red flags and that he considers him a danger to the community.
7News cameras captured the moments Miller was leaving the Broward County Jail in handcuffs to head to his court hearing.
Miller was arrested on March 2 in his home after authorities were alerted that the convicted felon had a firearm in his possession.
Agents said he also had a short barrel rifle hidden in his dryer.
A neighbor shot a cell phone video of Miller being taken into custody.
“One box definitely looked like either a shotgun on the front or an AK. I couldn’t really tell from where we were sitting. I heard them talk about 1911s so he definitely had weapons inside,” said resident Chase Robinson.
In addition to his original charge, he also faces charges of possession of ammunition and possession of an unregistered rifle.
Miller was put on the radar after the Anti-Defamation League was monitoring his online behavior and notified the FBI of some of his activity when things got “bad enough,” as he was hosting a show and spewing hate about African Americans, Jewish people and the gay community.
“I just know that Paul Miller is an extremist and we considered him dangerous because of what he was doing online and offline, and so we felt that it was important to notify law enforcement of our concerns,” said ADL Senior Investigative Researcher Carla Hill. “He grew more and more popular online with his antics that he might try to do something to please his followers, you know, further somehow.”
Miller’s defense attorney tried to argue that his online behavior is a show meant for entertainment, but the judge denied his request for bond and Miller will be held behind bars for now.
The charge of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm alone carries a maximum of 10 years. If he is convicted on two other charges, he will face 30 years in prison.
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