Since his release from prison in 1998, Alamo relocated his main ministry to Fouke, a town with 800 residents, where his armed security guards have butted heads with local law enforcement.
"They've always had armed guards stopping people on a public road and telling them they could not come up on the property," says Mayor Terry Purvis.
"It's a secretive culture -- they've got some trailer homes and a few duplexes up there where their members stay and live," he said. "I've had several ex-followers call me up with allegations about polygamy and underage marriage."
Purvis, who witnessed the raid, was thankful that it went smoothly and that federal agents did not encounter resistance.
"They didn't tell me much, just that they were serving a search warrant that pertained to child pornography and child abuse," he says. "I'm just glad that there was no resistance. My biggest fear was a Waco situation."