Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Dozens of members of a white supremacist gang allegedly responsible for multiple acts of violence were charged in a superseding indictment unsealed today in the Eastern District of Arkansas. The indictment alleges that the New Aryan Empire (NAE) is a racketeering enterprise, which committed violent acts -- attempted murder, kidnapping, and maiming -- in support of its organization and its wide-ranging drug-trafficking operation.
"Today's superseding indictment of over 50 people reflects the FBI's firm resolve to root out criminal organizations who espouse hate and bigotry, and whose members sell drugs and commit violent acts such as attempted murder, kidnapping, and aggravated assault," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch.
In addition to the violent acts, law enforcement officials investigated the NAE's methamphetamine trafficking organization. During the coordinated federal and state investigation, law enforcement agents made 59 controlled purchases of methamphetamine, seizing more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as 69 firearms and more than $70,000 in drug proceeds.
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