Utah white supremacists accused of drug and gun trafficking
21 members and associates of white supremacist gangs charged with drug and gun trafficking after 2 pounds of methamphetamine and 15 guns were seized in federal investigation
- Federal prosecutors indicted 21 white supremacist gang members in Utah
- The charges were announced after 15 indictments were unsealed on Friday
- The accused have been identified as members or affiliates of Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect Thugs
- Indictments Result of Federal Investigation Launched in 2019 Targeting Hate Groups
Twenty-one members and associates of several Utah white supremacist gangs have been charged with drug trafficking and gun distribution, federal prosecutors said Friday.
The charges were announced after 15 indictments were exposed in court following a 16-month operation targeting three different hate groups.
The 21 defendants have been identified as members or affiliates of Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect Thugs, the Justice Department said.
US Attorney John W. Huber announced the charges on Friday after 15 indictments were unsealed in federal court
They are charged with distributing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a criminal, and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking offense, among other offenses.
The indictments come after the Anti-Organized Crime Task Force launched an investigation into illegal gang-related activity around Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Ogden City in June 2019.
About 1.65 pounds of methamphetamine as well as 15 firearms were seized during the investigation, officials said.
Ten of the gang members indicted on Friday were already in custody for separate crimes, while 11 of the defendants were arrested on Wednesday.
They are expected to appear in court in the coming weeks.
The accused have been identified as members or affiliates of Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect Thugs. In the photo above, a swastika intertwined with an iron cross, which represents the soldiers of the Aryan culture