An environmental saboteur pled guilty to his role in two animal processing plant arson attacks years ago – as part of a domestic terror ring known as “The Family,” federal prosecutors said.
Joseph Mahmoud Dibee admitted working with at least 15 others as members of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front to destroy the Cavel West Meat Packing Plant in Oregon in 1997 and a government-run wild horse farm in California in 2001. according to the Ministry of Justice.
Dibee, who was charged more than 15 years ago for his role in the attacks, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit arson and arson.
“The conspirators, collectively known as ‘the family,’ were associated with more than 40 criminal acts and caused more than $45 million in damages between 1995 and 2001,” the DOJ said in a press release.
Federal authorities said Dibee, 53, who spent years on the run after his 2006 indictment, was an “environmental extremist, arsonist and former fugitive.”
In 2018, Dibee was arrested in Cuba before boarding a flight bound for Russia with an Interpol Red Notice, according to the DOJ and reports.
In the late 1990s, Dibee and his co-conspirators used “incendiary devices” to destroy a commercial slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Oregon, according to the press release. In 2001, Dibee and others “attempted” to “destroy” a state feral horse facility in California, according to the DOJ.
Before and during the attacks, Dibee and other environmental extremists “held meetings to plan arson attacks at target sites, researched and monitored the sites, and discussed their planned actions using code words and code names,” according to the FBI.
“The conspirators designed and built destructive devices that acted as incendiary bombs to start fires and destroy targets,” the press release said.
During what the extremists called “direct action,” they dressed in dark clothing and wore masks and gloves to disguise their appearance. Some “acted as lookouts,” while others were tasked with “placing, detonating or attempting to detonate the improvised incendiary devices,” prosecutors said.
In July 1997, Dibee and his crew destroyed a commercial slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Redmond, Oregon. Four years later, in October 2001, Dibee and others attempted to destroy the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Corrals — a facility designed to remove wild horses from public lands.
In 2006, after a year-long FBI-led investigation into domestic terrorism, indictment against Dibee and 11 co-conspirators before a federal grand jury in Oregon. Dibee fled the United States in December 2005, a month before his indictment.
One of Dibee’s co-conspirators, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, remains on the run after fleeing to Europe in 2001, according to the DOJ and reports.
Dibee faces an 87-month prison sentence at his July 27 conviction in Oregon.
As part of the plea agreement reached Thursday, Dibee agreed to pay unspecified compensation to victims of his crimes, according to the DOJ.
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