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ICE Goes After White Supremacists

In the wake of the horrifying terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has delivered a stunning blow to the white supremacy movement. According to the announcement, ICE has recently finalized “the largest prosecution of white supremacists in the nation's history.” In an attempt to degrade “violent white supremacist gangs,” ICE officials have spearheaded investigation and arrests into the most dangerous white supremacist gangs in America, convicting 89 high-ranking gang members.

Under the authority and supervision of ICE, prosecutors from Texas’ Northern District have convicted gang members from seven of the largest white supremacist organizations in America: the Aryan Circle, Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), the Irish Mob, the White Knights, Peckerwood, and the Dirty White Boys. The prosecutors have been lauded for the bravery and commitment to the case, with John Parker, a US Attorney, emphasizing that the “The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Aryan Circle have essentially been decimated in North Texas.”

The massive prosecution case has been a triumph for inter-agency cooperation. Excluding ICE, the investigation required the leadership and expertise of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Gang Unit, Dallas Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The arrest and securing of the dangerous white supremacists took a period of several months. The arrests were mostly carried out by brave officers from Texas’ Mesquite, Sherman, Denison and Sulphur Springs Police Departments.

Commander Jack Webster, who serves in the Department of Public Safety, is hopeful that this investigation will lead to further collaboration, saying: “Strong law enforcement partnerships and the hard work of all those involved led to a successful investigation and the resulting prosecutions. We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to proactively protect the citizens of Texas in an ever-changing threat environment.”

John Parker lavished further praise on the organizations involved in the investigation, declaring that: “The outstanding collaborative work of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Department helped ensure that each of the 89 defendants who were arrested have now been convicted and sentenced.”

In a detailed press release, ICE has revealed that the vast majority of arrestees had a history of crime and “Combined, the 89 defendants had been previously convicted of 736 crimes. Of the 736 previous convictions, 234 were drug-related offenses; 76 were violent offenses; 36 were gun offenses; 37 were burglaries; seven were sex or child abuse offenses; and one was a murder conviction.” America’s white supremacy gangs have undergone a transformative process in recent years, going from bigoted ideological groups to dangerous criminal organizations.

In their press report, ICE expand on the criminal elements that were embedded within the white supremacist groups. “Particularly noteworthy is that collectively, the defendants were held accountable for 956 kilograms (about 2,108 pounds) of methamphetamine, with a conservative street value of just under $10 million, as well as possessing and using 88 firearms and dangerous weapons,” reads the report.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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