Officials are calling the latest meth ring bust as being an “unprecedented” collaboration of law enforcement officials. According to authorities, 25 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood from Bell, Coryell, and Lampasas counties in Texas have been charged in connection with a suspected meth distribution ring.
Of the 25 suspects, 24 were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury with a single count of conspiracy to distribute meth while the last suspect received an additional charge in a Federal criminal complaint of possession of meth with the intent to distribute.
Suspects linked to Coryell County were named in a press release as being Colby Warren 40, Christopher Breckenridge 39, and Nicole Marshall 34 who according to court documents could receive between 5 and 40 years if found guilty.
According to Christopher Combs, FBI Special Agent in Charge, the methamphetamine ring bust was an effort involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who together, targeted on this big-scale prison gang known for their involvement with violent organized crime in three Central Texas counties. He adds that officials will pursue and prosecute both leaders and members regardless of position in the gang.
As part of the indictment, it is alleged that the suspects conspired to distribute varying amounts of meth dating back to November 2013 but at the time of the bust, nine pounds of crystal meth, 15 firearms, and more than $9,000 in cash and various assets were seized.
Joseph M. Arabit, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Houston Field Division states that throughout the 10-month investigation, undercover officers successfully purchased meth from the suspects. The operation was a strategic and deliberate effort to reduce and shut down the supply of meth coming from the Aryan Brotherhood being trafficked, which has negatively impacted the entire community.
Prosecuting the case are Assistant United States attorneys Stephanie Smith-Burris and Mark Fraizer. Along with the suspects mentioned from Coryell County, the names of others were released to include 17 male and 5 female members ranging in age from 27 to 54. If the defendants are found guilty, each will face a statuary prison terms consisting of:
• 10 years to life imprisonment for the distribution of over 500 grams of meth
• 5 to 40 years for distributing between 50 and 500 grams of meth
• Up to 20 years for the distribution of less than 50 grams of meth
Thanks to a joint investigation involving the FBI, DEA, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Lampasas Police Department, and Gatesville Police Department, among others, 25 dangerous criminals have been removed from society.