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May 19, 2019

White supremacist prison gang indicted in Oklahoma

February 22, 2019
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores speaks at a news conference Tulsa, Okla. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP)

Eighteen members of a white supremacist prison gang were indicted in Oklahoma for racketeering, drug conspiracy and kidnapping that resulted in at least six homicides during the past 14 years, according to the feds.

According to the indictment, the members of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB) are “a violent whites only” gang based primarily in Oklahoma state prisons.”

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“They are certainly one of the most fearsome (prison gangs). They’re aggressive and they’re violent,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said at a press conference in Tulsa. “They are absolutely one of the most threatening and one of the most dangerous (gangs).”

The UAB was formed within the Oklahoma Department of Corrections system in the early 1990s, the prosecuting documents read.

“I don’t know how they got here to Oklahoma, but the UAB has patterned itself based upon the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang from California,” lead prosecutor assistant U.S. Attorney General Dennis Fries said.

The indictment names 36 co-conspirators.

The gang “trafficked methamphetamine and marijuana, assaulted and kidnapped people to intimidate them, and killed rivals and at least one person during an attempted carjacking in Tulsa,” according to the Associated Press. Four of the gang members pleaded not guilty at their arraignment.

“We incorporate the murders, the kidnappings, the carjackings and other violent acts into the criminal enterprise as a whole,” according to Shores. “We’re targeting the organization, not just the individual acts.”

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