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White supremacist groups linked to Texas drug trafficking

Federal authorities have accused six white supremacist groups of running a narcotics trafficking operation that distributed methamphetamine and other illegal drugs throughout North Texas. An indictment unsealed in federal court on April 30 reveals that 57 members of the Aryan Brotherhood, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Circle, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, the Peckerwoods and the Dirty White Boys face a raft of charges including kidnapping and drug trafficking. Police say that their investigation into the alleged drug trafficking group began in 2015.

Three men and a woman are charged with kidnapping an unidentified victim and holding him captive for several days in January and February. Another member of a white supremacist group had accused the man of keeping $600 in drug proceeds. Police say that the man was beaten, tortured and had a loaded handgun pointed at him during his captivity. He was subsequently released according to reports.

Police say that the groups ran their drug business ruthlessly and did not hesitate to use violence and intimidation to spread their influence. According to the U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, agents seized more than 190 kilograms of methamphetamine, $376,587 in currency and a cache of weapons including shotguns, handguns and rifles during the course of their investigation.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to cooperate with law enforcement when presented with facts like these. When investigations into drug crimes result in large groups of suspects being charged, it is almost inevitable that at least one of them will enter into some sort of plea agreement in return for testimony. The prospect of spending decades behind bars can test even the most loyal of friendships, and attorneys may recommend that their clients consider a negotiated plea before one of their co-defendants does.

Source: The Huffington Post, "57 White Supremacists In Texas Indicted In Meth, Kidnapping Cases", Sebastian Murdoch, May 1, 2018

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