Police just arrested 57 white supremacists in huge criminal bust

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Nearly five dozen white supremacists representing six different known neo-Nazi groups  in Texas have been arrested for running a massive meth and extortion ring, a federal court just revealed.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas unsealed indictments Tuesday against members of the Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Peckerwoods, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, and the Dirty White Boys.

The arrests and indictments come after a years-long federal investigation.  Charges include everything from drug trafficking to kidnapping and paint the portrait of a vast criminal network that’s been “engaged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics throughout the Northern District of Texas and elsewhere,”  the indictment reads.

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The charged white supremacists “used firearms and physical violence to further their drug trafficking activities,” according to the indictment, which was first obtained and reported by Sebastian Murdock of the Huffington Post.

“Throughout the investigation, agents stopped the flow or seized over 190 kilograms of methamphetamine, 31 firearms, and seized approximately $376,587 in cash,” a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office reads.

The Huffington Post highlighted one particularly disgusting episode this way:

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In one case, an unnamed victim was held hostage for several days by members of the Aryan Circle and Aryan Brotherhood of Texas after being accused of shorting the members $600 in meth sales. Authorities determined that Aryan Circle member James Mark Nelson had actually stolen the money, then convinced other supremacists that the victim had done it, according to the indictment. 

It’s been two days since federal prosecutors announced the arrests in this heinous criminal investigation, and, at press time, a few hours since the details of the indictments have been made public.  In other words, more than enough time has passed for President Trump to weigh in like he does when the alleged criminals are brown skinned or foreign born.

Something tells us we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for a tweet condemning white supremacists for “bringing drugs” or “bringing crime” to neighborhoods across Texas.

 

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Peter Mellado

Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.

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