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Department of Justice
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Northern District of Texas

Friday, November 20, 2015

In Second Phase of Investigation, Law Enforcement Arrests 52 Additional Members and Associates of Various White Supremacist Organizations

61-Count Superseding Indictment Outlines Drug Trafficking Conspiracy and Related Charges

DALLAS — Following a law enforcement operation led by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division (DPS-CID) and the Dallas Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit, 54 individuals, members and associates of various white supremacist organizations, have been charged with federal offenses stemming from their respective roles in a drug distribution conspiracy that operated in North Texas and elsewhere from January 2013 to November 2015.  U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today. Two of the 54 defendants remain fugitives. 

This second phase of the investigation follows a related operation in 2014 in which 37 members and associates of various white supremacist organizations were arrested and charged with similar federal offenses, stemming from their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  All of those defendants were convicted; one remains a fugitive.

Defendants, all Texas residents, who are charged in this superseding indictment and who are in custody include:

Ramon Aguilar, III, aka “Nelson,” 26, of Dallas

Christopher Alexander, aka “Bear,” 43, of Dallas

William Lee Benham, 32, of Mesquite

Eric Scott Benson, aka “ESB,” 29, of Mesquite

Ronnie Mikel Brown, 39, of Dallas

Jonas Carrera, 36, of Dallas

Hugo Ivan Castaneda, aka “Takua,” 25, of Dallas

John Anthony Chavez Jr., aka “BJ,” 27, of Dallas

Justo Salvador Chavez Jr., aka “Junior,” 39, of Dallas

Micah Torrence Dees, 26, of Sherman

Abraham Dimas Jr., 41, of Dallas

Tina Wynette Easley, aka “Tina Wynette Fields” aka “Big Tina,” 43, of Seagoville

Crissy Lynn Evans, 28, of Richardson

Taylor Maxlynn Fletcher, 26, of Point

Joe Lee Foard, Jr., 46, of Denison

Michael William Getsinger, 30, of Rockwall

Alejandro Gonzalez, 20, of Dallas

Quincy John Goodson, aka “Kidd,” 34, of Scurry

Michael Thor Guinn, 28, of Jacksonville

Tommy Dare Hancock, aka “Big Tom,” 49, of Beaumont

David Lesley Holt, 54, of Mesquite

David Wayne Holt, 28, of Dallas

Brennan Nicole House, 22, of Sherman

Desirae Ann Houser, 24, of Princeton

Beau James Jarnagin, aka “Beau Jamey,” 39, of Dallas

Jeff Jeremy Johnston, aka “Slowpoke,” 42, of Mesquite

Kory Wade Kloecker, aka “Crawl,” 32, of Mesquite

Jimmy David Lance, 54, of Dallas

Samantha Ladell Largent, 25, of Cumby

Blake Allen Long-Rockey, 27, of Dallas

Ricardo Garcia Medina, 31, of Dallas

Benjamin Matthew Melton, 31, of Mesquite

Craig Don Mueller, 34, of Dallas

Brian Casey Mullins, 35, of Rockwall

Stacy Wayne Myers, 48, of Dallas

James Marshall Nation, 39, of Cumby

Wendy Renee Neal, 37, of Princeton

Mackenzie Nelson, 31, of Greenville

Raymond Anthony Nichols, aka “Ant,” 35, of Mesquite

Shanna Lynn Palmer, 32, of Seagoville

Christian Perez, 23, of Dallas

Francisco Manuel Radamez-Nava, aka “Ghost,” 31, of Mesquite

Jorge Ramirez, aka “Gucci,” “Jorge Ramirez-Martinez,” and “Jorge Alejandro” 31, of Mesquite

Bruce Chance Rash, aka “Chaos,” 37, of Dallas

John James Rumfield, 34, of Dallas

Jackie Lemonds Segura, 32, of Dallas

Brandon Kyle Smith, 31, of Mineola

Alicia Gale Tambourine, aka “Slimm,” 31, of Balch Springs

Jamie Lynn Tucker, 49, of Dallas

Troy Anthony Wallace, 46, of Mesquite

Roger Wayne Whitworth Jr., aka “Peanut,” 42, of Mesquite

John Fitzgerald Yates, aka “Po Boy,” 51, of Tyler (deceased)

This just-unsealed superseding indictment charges all of the above-listed defendants, with the exception of Benjamin Matthew Melton and Jorge Ramirez, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and one substantive count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  Ronnie Mikel Brown, Tina Wynette Easley, Michael Thor Guinn, Tommy Dare Hancock, David Wayne Holt, Jeff Jeremy Johnston, and Benjamin Matthew Melton are also each charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm.    Jorge Ramirez is charged with one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

According to the superseding indictment, the defendants were members of, associated with, or performed drug transactions with, various white supremacists organizations or individuals including the “Aryan Brotherhood of Texas” (ABT), the “Aryan Circle,” the “White Knights,” and the “Peckerwoods,” and they engaged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics throughout North Texas and elsewhere.  Certain defendants used firearms to further their drug trafficking activities.

Despite their differences, the ABT, Aryan Circle, and White Knights gangs, along with the Peckerwoods, often collaborated with each other and with Mexican gangs and cartels for purposes of drug distribution or other illegal ventures.  Peckerwood is a term used to describe an individual who, although not a member, shared a white supremacist ideology or aligned his or herself with these white supremacist gangs.

Up to 20 of the above-listed defendants were members or close associates of the ABT.  Up to eight were members or close associates of the Aryan Circle.  One was a member of the White Knights and one was a Peckerwood.  Two were members of the La Familia drug cartel.  Some of the defendants had familial relationships, some were engaged in romantic relationships, and some resided together, as outlined in the indictment.

The indictment alleges that from approximately January 2013 to November 2015, the defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  According to the indictment, the defendants arranged for the acquisition of methamphetamine and its distribution and delivery.  They used stash houses or other locations to store the methamphetamine and acted as intermediaries and brokers to negotiate the acquisition, price, delivery and payment for the quantities of methamphetamine.

Each of the co-conspirators was linked to one another either directly or through another co-conspirator.  Certain co-conspirators acted as hubs for narcotics trafficking, supplying methamphetamine to numerous other co-conspirators. Throughout the investigation, 40 pounds of methamphetamine and 22 firearms were seized.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury.  A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.  If convicted, however, the statutory maximum penalty for each count of the drug trafficking conspiracy is life in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines.  The statutory maximum penalty for each substantive count of possession of methamphetamine is 20years in federal prison.  The maximum statutory penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm or for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm is 10 years in federal prison.  The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation that would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit all real or personal property derived from the proceeds of their offense.

The investigation is being led by the DPS-CID Gang Unit and the Dallas Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit with assistance from the Garland Police Department Neighborhood Police Officer Unit, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, the Mesquite, Sherman, Denison and Sulphur Springs Police Departments and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Assistant U.S. Attorney P. J. Meitl is prosecuting.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated November 20, 2015