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A traffic stop for illegal license plates led to a three hour long standoff Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies pulled over the truck after noticing it had “sovereign” plates, which are illegal. The truck was also covered in sovereign signs.

Authorities said they took notice because the signs generally signify someone who does not recognize traditional law enforcement. According to the FBI, sovereign citizens not only create fake license plates and money, but they are a growing domestic threat.

“There are sovereign ideology folks all over the area but I can’t remember the last time we dealt with a situation like this that it got to this level,” said Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

Source: KREM

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