November 9th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

34 alleged Aryan Brotherhood members indicted on racketeering, murder charges

A federal grand jury has indicted 34 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison-based gang - including four of its "generals" - claiming most all of them conspired to participate in racketeering activities on behalf of the white supremacist group and accusing 10 of murder, officials said.

Fifteen of those indicted by the Houston grand jury are already in custody, 14 were arrested Friday, and five are now considered fugitives. The lengthy indictment was handed down on October 22 and then unsealed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to a press release from the U.S. Justice Department.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was established in the early 1980s in that state's prison system, modeling itself off a similar group of California inmates that formed in the 1960s.

The group's chief concern was initially to protect white inmates and promote white supremacy and separatism, according to court documents, but it has since "alleged to have expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit," the Justice Department said.

"Through violence and intimidation, ABT allegedly exerts control over prison populations and neighborhoods, and instills fear in those who come into contact with its members," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

All but one of the 34 men indicted are charged with racketeering conspiracy, while 10 face murder charges. Those charged with murder could face the death penalty if convicted.

The indictment includes a host of other charges, such as kidnapping, assault, and conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Federal officials called the law enforcement effort targeting the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, which they describe as an organized criminal enterprise, "a success."

"This multi-year investigation and indictment clearly targets the worst-of-the-worst among the ABT," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Morris of the agency's Houston office, according to the Justice Department release. "This effort ... sends a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these criminal enterprises regardless of where they lay their heads."

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  1. s kel

    aryan nation, tea party, extream right wing republican, all the same.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Um, s kel, how do you explain Herman Cain?

      November 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobcat

      Democrats led by Chicago Gangsta Leader Obama, Black Panthers, Islamic Terrorists, Socialists, Marxists....All the same.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Aw, deal with it...your tighty whitie lost...

      November 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, of *course* the AB would back the white candidate....goes without saying.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Such is the mentality of the prison system to allow organize gangs to exist in a prison setting. It definitely takes collusion between the inmates and their keepers. The guards or authorities felt pressure on their families from the brotherhood out side of the jails to allow certain activity to occur in the prison. When the inmates run the asylum, something is wrong.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Latino MAJORITY

    Looks like the Tea Party leadership is going to be hurting until they can find replacements for these fine, upstanding Tea Party leaders that have just been indicted.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobcat

      Don't worry...Petraeus quit because he knew that Corrupt and Treasonous Chicago Gangsta Obama would try to Black Mail him when he testifies against Obama and Clinton about the Bengahzi Terrorist Attack. The White House Lied, Four Americans Died. Attorney General, and Obama Lied, Border Agents, and Mexicans Died.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He quit because he felt his actions compromised his service to his country.
      Stop with the bs rhetoric, already.
      HOW can anyone blackmail him, when HE is the one who committed adultry, and HE admitted it?

      November 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bobcat

    Let's see how long Obama will last after the Bengahzi Hearings start next week.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      So...because he resigned as the head of the CIA, you don't think he'll testify?

      November 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      It's BENGHAZI" citizen!

      November 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      he will be right where he is now just like you

      November 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hide Behind

    Oh he will last another 4years. Nobody other than the bigger and better war folk even know where Bengahzi is.
    TOO much grandstanding on issues that don' t mean diddly squat.
    Both houses gave away their powers for their own reasons and now finding they have no more say in running the nation and can only reply to Executive Decisions they are merely trying to find a way back into the real power. With their destruction of anti war and any free thinking power by the people they only are bellowing to impress each other.
    They deserve no more respect than puppets or animated cartoon characters.
    The total waste of taxpayer dollars on housing and pampering their sorry butts is worse than pentagons ever was.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    It really is ridiculous how much we coddle CONGRESSs spending habits! Not only are they making a mint on legal pay, while not doing the job, but then you add in money made from inside info? And then the expense things! USs biggest welfare fraud-CONGRESS!

    November 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Liann

    It's people like this that give murder-torturers a bad name

    November 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lance

    cmon General Betray us! you were at the top of the game bro! sure is lonely at the top lol... they say that ya know.... but cmon your a freaking cia director and you didnt cover your tracks? jeez. oh and your both married thats gonna go over real well...... now many lives are ruined..... she was a trick that did what it took to make herself successful..... funny how that happens. some CIA director he was as he couldnt even hide his own mission or missionary position! bwaaa!

    November 12, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |