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White supremacist gangs allegedly dealt meth and violence in TX

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Posted at 11:29 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 09:03:00-04

(RNN) - An indictment named 57 members of competing white supremacist gangs that were part of an alleged methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, according to an indictment from the U.S. District Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas, which was unsealed Monday.

According to the indictment, the 57 defendants conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of meth from October 2015 to April of this year.

Authorities seized about $376,500, more than 190 kilograms of methamphetamine  and 31 firearms as part of the investigation. 

Suspects represented several organizations, including the Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Peckerwoods, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, the Dirty White Boys and Tango Blast.

Though most of the participants in the alleged scheme are involved in white supremacy groups, some of the defendants were linked to Tango Blast, a Hispanic gang.

"Certain defendants used firearms and physical violence to further their drug trafficking activities," the indictment said.

In one instance, someone lost part of their finger when suspects thought he was stealing money from them.

Earlier this year, four of the suspects kidnapped a man who they thought stole from them, holding him for several days at a home in Grand Prairie, TX, pointing a pistol at his head and threatening to kill him. 

The suspects, Ralph Jay Adams, Jerry Wayne Lunsford, Justin Mark Nelson and Amanda Marie Gallippo, wound up lopping off part of the man's left index finger and knocking him unconscious. Eventually, the man was let go.

Not all of the participants in the alleged scheme knew each other.

In addition to the meth, some of the suspects also dabbled in an synthetic opioid known as "Pink," heroin and firearms.

Though 51 of the suspects in the case have been apprehended, most of them last week, six remain at large, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"It is clear that these hate-fueled gangs will do whatever they must do in order to carry on their drug trafficking business," U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a news conference on Monday. "Firearms, body armor, illegal drugs, drug proceeds and unspeakable physical violence are the tools of their trade."

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