The charges follow an investigation into white supremacist gangs, including Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors, and Noble Elect Thugs.
U.S. Attorney for Utah John W. Huber leaves the federal court after the sentencing of Aaron Shamo, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Associated Press/Rick Bowmer
Twenty-one people with ties to white supremacist gangs in Utah are facing federal gun and drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced Friday.
The charges were the result of a 16-months-long investigation into “home-grown white supremacist gangs,” including Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors, and Noble Elect Thugs.
The 15 federal indictments include charges for methamphetamine and heroin distribution, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm while trafficking drugs.
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Federal prosecutors charged 21 people with ties to white supremacist gangs in Utah, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
The gun and drug trafficking charges follow a 16-month investigation focused on “home-grown white supremacist gangs,” including Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors, and Noble Elect Thugs, and their associates.
“SAC and SAW are highly volatile, dangerous criminal enterprises,” Mike Schoenfeld, director of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project, said, according to the Associated Press.
“These gangs have their roots right here in the Utah prison system,” he said. “But they also have very strong ties nationwide to other violent white supremacy groups.”
In total, 15 federal indictments charged the 21 suspects with crimes including methamphetamine and…
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