AP 06/19 1526 Amen Capture HEMET, Calif. (AP) -- Last week, Lightning bolted. But
AP 06/19 1526 Amen Capture
HEMET, Calif. (AP) -- Last week, Lightning bolted. But
authorities have proved that the long arm of the law can strike
twice against the same church leader.
Lightning Amen, leader of the Christ Family religious sect,
was arrested with four followers Wednesday night after Riverside
County sheriff's deputies surrounded a trailer west of here, the
sheriff's office said.
Amen, 50, had disappeared June 10 just before a jury convicted
him of possessing and transporting methamphetamine for sales,
possessing a hypodermic needle and possession of a concealed
weapon in October 1986.
He faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
However, further charges are pending following the seizure of
suspected drugs, $4,200 in cash and several weapons when he was
arrested Wednesday, officials said.
Amen was formerly known as Charles Franklin McHugh. His
Christ Family has about a dozen members and roamed the California
desert before settling in the Hemet area in the early 1980s.
Followers are vegetarians who wear white robes and espouse
In December 1985, 10 church members were sentenced to jail for
growing $900,000 worth of marijuana at the sect's ranch.
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