Garden City, Kansas
Garden City, Kansas

Three men were arrested Friday for allegedly planning an attack on a mosque and a housing complex in Garden City, Kansas, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall told reporters in Wichita, Kansas, that Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein were charged with domestic terrorism.

The men were arrested in Liberal, Kansas, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Garden City.

An undercover agent participated in the investigation and delivered information about the men's plans to the authorities.

Beall said the men were planning to target locations occupied by Somali refugees. He said the men had stockpiled weapons and ammunition and had planned to park vehicles full of explosives at all four corners of a Garden City apartment building that houses about 120 people.

The image of Oct. 14, 2016, photos provided by the
This image of Oct. 14, 2016, photos provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kansas, shows Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein.

Beall said the attack was planned for November 9, the day after the U.S. presidential election.

He said the men were part of an organization called the Crusaders, which he called "a hidden culture of hatred and violence."

If the three defendants are convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Garden City, in western Kansas, has a meatpacking plant that employs a diverse immigrant population.