Warren Jeffs, the racist polygamist leader who evaded capture for over a year, will be extradited to Utah following his recent arrest in Nevada to face two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men.
Jeffs, 50, is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), an extreme polygamist offshoot disavowed by the official Mormon church. He has taught his estimated 10,000 followers that African-Americans are an "immoral, filthy people" who are the representatives of the devil on Earth; he even forbade his followers to listen to popular music because it allegedly represented the "spirit of the black race."
Jeffs was arrested at a traffic stop in Nevada on August 25. Inside the vehicle were 15 cell phones, walkie-talkies, a police scanner, laptop computers, wigs, sunglasses, credit cards and at least $54,000 in cash, according to the FBI.
Jeffs is wanted in both Arizona and Utah on a variety of charges related to his alleged participation in arranging underage marriages. In Arizona, Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly presiding over underage marriages, along with an additional charge of conspiracy, facing a possible six-year sentence.