Pop star Justin Bieber, 18, was allegedly the target of a recent murder conspiracy that was plotted by Dana Martin, 45, a convicted killer incarcerated at the Southern New Mexico Corrections Facility, with prospective hit-men from Albuquerque, N.M., Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane.

Martin, who is serving two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Vermont girl, reportedly "had become infatuated" with Bieber, according to Today, and had even obtained a tattoo of the pint-sized pop star. The plan called for Ruane and Staake — the latter of whom had befriended Martin while also serving a sentence in the New Mexico correctional facility — to stalk and abduct Bieber while he was in New York for his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in late November.

The duo dispatched by Martin were then instructed to carry out "the murder and castration of Bieber and his bodyguard," reports Albuquerque's KRQE. The plan was foiled when Staake was arrested near a border crossing into Canada (where he reportedly had other grizzly business to conduct) on outstanding warrants. While Ruane was released and intended to carry out the Bieber murder, Martin himself foiled the plan, tipping New York State Police off to sensitive phone calls between him and Ruane referring to the murders, reports ABC News.

When Ruane was arrested, he was found with weapons and pruning sheers on him and reportedly complained of not being able to carry out the murder, according to Billboard. All three men are now up on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.

The Bieber camp was relatively tight-lipped on the issue, revealing only that, "We take every precaution to protect and ensure the safety of Justin and his fans.”

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