Oklahoma Aryan Brotherhood Members Indicted for Meth Sales, Torture

By Paul Gaita 06/24/15

Members of the neo-Nazi prison gang were charged with drug distribution, racketeering, and conspiracy.

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Eleven members of the United Aryan Brotherhood (UAB), an Oklahoma-based branch of the infamous neo-Nazi prison gang and crime organization, were indicted by the federal government for possession and distribution of methamphetamine, as well as charges of racketeering and kidnapping.

A statement issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs detailed the extent of the charges, as well as guilty pleas from four of the defendants. Anthony Ramon Hall, 39, and Carl Matthew Smith, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of a “mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine,” as well as 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Both men also admitted their membership in the UAB, a powerful “whites-only” gang established in prisons throughout the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 1993. Hall acknowledged being part of the powerful “Main Council,” a 12-person committee that oversaw the gang’s statewide meth distribution network from within the walls of Oklahoma State Penitentiary-McAlester, a maximum-security prison.

Also entering a guilty plea was Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 40, who plead guilty to one count of violence in aid of racketeering. Bryan admitted that he and other UAB members, acting on directives sent by Hall and the Main Council, tortured a former member whom they believed was not properly supplying and distributing drugs for the gang. Bryan helped to hold down the man, identified only as “FH” in the documents, while another member held a heated knife to his neck, burning off the UAB tattoo on his skin and causing permanent scarring. All three men will be sentenced later this year.

This is the second high-profile drug trafficking indictment against members of the United Aryan Brotherhood this year. In January of 2015, two members of the UAB housed in Holdenville’s Davis Correctional Facility plead guilty to conspiracy and distribution charges involving 300 pounds of meth.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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