Fifty-seven individuals, who are connected to various white supremacist gangs have been charged in a case led by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and coordinated by the Texas Anti-Gang Center with participating partners such as the Dallas Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today at a press conference.
The 57 individuals were charged in conspiracy to commit kidnapping and drug trafficking conspiracies outlined in the Indictment.
42 of those defendants were arrested in last week’s takedown operation, 9 were already in custody at various locations on unrelated state charges, and 6 have not yet been arrested.
Each of those defendants arrested made their initial appearance last week or will do so today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge.
“Not only do white supremacists gangs subscribe to a repugnant, hateful ideology, they also engage in significant, organized and violent criminal activity,” Attorney General Sessions said.
“Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice has targeted every violent criminal gang member in the United States. The quantities of drugs, guns, and money seized in this case are staggering.”
“And so I want to thank U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl, DEA, the Marshals Service, ATF, as well as our fabulous state and local partners, Texas DPS and the Dallas Police Department, for their hard work.”
“Today’s indictment, arrests, seizures make this country safer.”
According to the Indictment, the defendants were members of, associated with, or performed drug transactions in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics throughout North Texas and elsewhere, with various white supremacists organizations or individuals including:
- The “Aryan Circle,”
- The “Aryan Brotherhood of Texas” (ABT)
- The “Aryan Brotherhood”
- The “Peckerwoods”
- The “Soldiers of Aryan Culture,” and the “Dirty White Boys”
Some defendants were also member of or associated with the criminal street or prison gang Tango Blast. Certain defendants used firearms to further their drug trafficking activities.