A federal court in Texas has revealed that 57 White Supremacists representing six different popular neo-Nazi groups; Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Peckerwoods, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, and the Dirty White Boys in the state have been arrested for running a massive meth and extortion ring.
This is coming after a years-long federal investigation and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas unsealed indictments against these men.
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.
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:
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.