Federal authorities have charged 57 members of several different white supremacist gangs in a large drug trafficking and kidnapping conspiracy based in the North Texas area. Police, Feds, and ATF agents arrested 42 of the gang members last week across the North Texas area, US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said on Monday during a news conference. Nine others were already in custody for other crimes, and six more were still on the run, she said.
Dallas News.com (dallasnews) reports, the defendants are linked to several violent and racist prison gangs that include the Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Peckerwoods, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, and the Dirty White boys, the 55-page indictment says.
“These white supremacist hangs have long plagued our communities and prisons.” Nealy Cox said.
The conspiracy to sell methamphetamine cited in the indictment ran from October 2015 through April 2018 and employed “stash houses” to store the drug, according to the indictment. The indictment also includes charges related to heroin, firearms, and U47700, a potent synthetic opiod known as “Pink.”
Four of the defendants kidnapped a non-member in January over an alleged $600 drug debt and held him in Grand Prairie for several days during which they tortured him, Nealy Cox said. They put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.
“Ultimately, the victim narrowly escaped with his life.” Nealy Cox said.
Agents seized about $376,500 in cash and intercepted more than 190 kilograms of methamphetamine along with 31 firearms as part of their investigation, Nealy Cox said.