SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty-one members and associates of white supremacy organizations in Utah are dealing with fees over gun and drug distribution.
The indictments got here after an investigation that began in June 2019 that targeted on the Troopers of Aryan Tradition, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect Thugs.
“SAC and SAW are extremely unstable, harmful legal enterprises,” Mike Schoenfeld, director of the Salt Lake Space Gang Mission, mentioned Friday. “These gangs have their roots proper right here within the Utah jail system. It’s not one thing to be happy with. However in addition they have very sturdy ties nationwide to different violent white supremacy teams.”
The indictments unsealed Friday embrace fees for distributing heroin and methamphetamine, possessing a firearm whereas promoting medication and having a gun as a felon, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Officers mentioned lots of the women and men charged have prolonged legal histories in Utah.
“These targets have been violent, they’re criminals, and so they’re the worst in our communities,” mentioned Matt Harris, U.S. marshal for the District of Utah.