As the Democratic Convention got underway in Denver, Colorado Monday evening, Secret Service were investigating what may have been a possible assassination plot against Senator Barack Obama. What began as a routine traffic stop now has feds investigating whether or not it may have been an effort to "harm Senator Barack Obama."
Two men were arrested near the convention and were found to have two rifles, a high-powered telescopic scope, and the powerful stimulant methamphetamine. They were arrested in a routine traffic incident.
One of the men was identified by a Denver TV station as Tharin Gartrell, 28. He has since been charged with suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon following the discovery of the rifles in his car.
Police escorted Gartrell to his hotel in Denver, when a second man jumped from a window. He was injured in the four-story fall, and then arrested.
Several news outlets have suggested that the men may have ties to the Sons of Silence, an outlaw biker group. They are also believed to have connections with white supremacists.
Federal sources now indicate that the incident may have had more to do with methamphetamine than any kind of assassination plot, however local police have not yet said why they connected the men to the Democratic nominee. Federal officials did say that verbal threats were made against Obama, but were not considered credible.
Denver police have thus far refused to comment on whether it may have been a foiled assassination plot. A press conference is scheduled, which may clear up some of the rumors now floating around.
Obama has been under Secret Service protection for over a year after having received credible death threats.