The FBI is reportedly investigating a group of Antifa members for allegedly trying to purchase guns from a man involved with a Mexican cartel.

According to a document from the FBI dated December 2018, the anti-fascist ‘activists’ were planning to “disrupt security operations” at the U.S. southern border by staging “an armed rebellion.”

The cartel member named in the report is Ivan Reibeling, also known as ‘Cobra Commander’. (Did you catch the G.I. Joe reference there?)

Ivan Reibeling was named as ‘Cobra Commander’ in the FBI’s report, allegedly working with a Mexican cartel. (Photo – Ivan Reibeling)


Since the investigation is ongoing, the source who shared the six-page document with the San Diego Tribune asked that it not be published. Two additional unnamed sources in law enforcement apparently confirmed the report’s validity, but no one has been charged as of yet.

Reibeling and Evan Duke, another key suspect identified in the report, claim that there is no truth to the allegations.

“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” said Reibeling. “And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border.”

Antifa activists are known for sparking violence at protests. (Wikipedia)


Duke claims that he has never met with anyone named Reibeling or ‘Cobra Commander’ and denies being involved. Duke is a self-proclaimed activist fighting against Trump’s immigration policies. He reportedly helped support migrant caravans on their excursion to the United States. 

“We took the precaution to find out who he [Reibeling] was and where he was, but we never had any contact with him. And we never saw him around the migrant caravan.”


The FBI said a group of activists in Tijuana helping the migrant caravan “were encouraged to bring personally owned weapons to the border and the group also intended to purchase weapons from a Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander, AKA the Mexican Rambo, and smuggle the weapons into the United States.”

Officials from Customs and Border Patrol also reportedly questioned and arrested over 20 individuals who were at the Tijuana border when violence broke out in both November and January. Officers were forced to deploy tear gas to control the outbreak. CPB stated they wanted to know who was initiating the push for attack.

On that list, Reibeling is listed as an ‘instigator’ of violence. Duke’s name and picture are listed as well. 

But Reibeling says authorities are barking up the wrong tree.

“I am not cartel. I don’t sell drugs. I don’t sell arms,” he said. “I’m a revolutionary. A man who believes in his ideals, and I’m going to defend Mexico.”


The San Diego Tribune noted his social media presence. “In a video he posted online, he encouraged members of drug cartels to attack migrants with bats and “hunt down” migrants to take them to Mexican immigration authorities to be deported,” the article stated.

According to the FBI’s investigation, Duke was allegedly working with Riebeling not just to procure weapons, but to also help set up areas to train activists to become “community defense militias.”

The report from the FBI has been sent to other agencies including Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA and the NSA. The report is marked “priority”. 


Members of Antifa have continuously been militant in their protests in the U.S., using violence towards law enforcement and often hiding their faces behind black masks. Many liberal politicians and media outlets have vouched for or even promoted their cause.