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Police: VT murder plot included killing Justin Bieber

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© Justin Bieber (Photo: PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins Publishers) © Justin Bieber (Photo: PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins Publishers)
Mark Staake (Photo: Vermont State Police) Mark Staake (Photo: Vermont State Police)
Tanner Ruane (Photo: New York State Police) Tanner Ruane (Photo: New York State Police)
Investigators found items to be used in the alleged homicide in Ruane's vehicle, pictured here. The car is currently at the NYSP headquarters in Princetown. (Photo: NEWS10) Investigators found items to be used in the alleged homicide in Ruane's vehicle, pictured here. The car is currently at the NYSP headquarters in Princetown. (Photo: NEWS10)

PRINCETOWN, N.Y. - Two Albuquerque men connected to a murder-for-hire plot in Vermont have now been accused of plotting to kill teen superstar Justin Bieber.

Dana Martin, who is currently serving two life sentences in state prison for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont in 2000, reportedly recruited a fellow inmate, 41-year-old Mark Staake, to help him complete a series of killings which included Bieber, Albuquerque's KRQE reports.

Staake and his nephew 23-year-old Tanner Ruane - who was arrested in Rotterdam in November - were set to attack Bieber at his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert last month in New York City, police say.

They planned to strangle Bieber and his bodyguard with paisley ties - Martins's calling card - and then castrate the bodies.

Ruane was located and arrested by state police November 20th at the Pilot Gas Station on Route 7 in Rotterdam. He was taken to the Princetown barracks where he described his trip to Vermont with his uncle, Mark Staake.

Troopers recovered tools and documents associated with the conspiracy while executing a search warrant on Ruane's vehicle (pictured right), being held as evidence. The documents included the identities of the intended victims in Vermont, their family members, and their whereabouts and a hand-written drawing of a depiction of Justin Bieber.

Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants before the "plan" to kill Bieber could be executed.

Staake and Ruane were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and are both awaiting extradition to New Mexico.

Martin, who according to reports has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg, informed authorities of his whole plan and cops later recorded phone calls between Martin and Ruane in which the men discussed the murders.

"We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, told Us Weekly.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is currently conducting follow-up investigation. This investigation is open and active at this time.

Below: Read full affidavits issued for Ruane's and Staake's arrests. (Warning: Some explicit language contained in documents.)

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