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Dozens of members of a white supremacist gang in Arkansas have been charged with operating a drug trafficking ring notorious for committing violent crimes including attempted murder, kidnapping and maiming.
An indictment unsealed in US District Court on Tuesday alleges that leaders of the New Aryan Empire oversaw and ordered numerous criminal acts in support of the organization and its drug operation.
Warrants - People - Indictment - NAE - Leadership
Arrest warrants have been issued for 54 people under the 47-page, 32-count indictment, which ties NAE leadership to violent crimes committed by gang members.
The NAE began as a prison gang in the 1990s and leaders, referred to as the 'high elders', began recruiting members both inside and outside of prison. The indictment claims there is a 'high concentration' of members in Pope County and Russellville.
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Federal and state officials spoke at a press conference in Little Rock on Tuesday and said they were optimistic that the years-long investigation has done 'significant damage' to NAE operations.
'According to the allegations in the indictment announced today, New Aryan Empire associates maintained their criminal enterprise by engaging in multiple acts of violence — including kidnapping and attempting to murder one informant, and stabbing and maiming two others suspected of cooperating with law enforcement,' Assistant Attorney General Brian A Benczkowski said in a press release from the Department of Justice.
Justice - Department - Case - NAE - Dirt
The Justice Department's case against the NAE was dubbed 'To The Dirt,' invoking the group's slogan, which is based on the rule that members must remain in the NAE until they die.
The probe began in 2016 when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) Little Rock District Office assisted the Pope County Sheriff's Office in investigating a murder involving members of the NAE.
Investigation - Members - Meetings - Pope - County
The investigation revealed that members were conducting meetings in Pope County and were involved in...
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