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16 With Ties To Aryan Brotherhood Indicted In East Texas

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TYLER (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Federal prosecutors in East Texas say 16 people with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood gang have been indicted on firearms and drug trafficking conspiracy charges.

U.S. Attorney John Bales announced on Monday the indictments, which were handed down last month by a federal grand jury, were the result of a 10-month, multi-agency investigation in the Gregg County area.

The defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine from at least January 2014.

Many of those indicted are also charged with firearms violations such as being felons in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted, the defendants face penalties from five years to life in federal prison.

Most of those indicted are from Longview. One man is from Galveston.

Last year, a self-proclaimed member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing a North Texas man he thought was faking membership in the white supremacist gang.

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