UPDATE: Citrus County sheriff's deputies arrest five in Mexico Beach

Some of the weapons seized from a group of six people arrested on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer in Mexico Beach on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - We're learning new information about the alleged law enforcement impersonators in Mexico Beach

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the five people arrested Thursday were part of a group called Oath Keepers.

They say the five were arrested and taken to the Bay County Jail for being out after curfew and carrying firearms in the open, both misdemeanor charges.

After it was confirmed the five were in Mexico Beach doing humanitarian work, they were released on Friday. Ruth Corley with the Bay County Sheriff's Office says they were not impersonating federal agents and were not sovereign citizens.

Mexico Beach was left in shambles by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall just to the west on October 10, 2018, as a Category 4 hurricane. Electricity is still out in the area, which has started the long process of recovery.


Some of the weapons confiscated from a group of six people arrested on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer in Mexico Beach on Thursday October 18, 2018.