White Supremacist Female Gang Indicted In Meth Trafficking Ring

By May Wilkerson 04/06/16

In a misguided display of girl power and unity, a female-led white supremacist gang partnered with local black gangs to traffic meth in Texas.

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The federal government is cracking down on an East Texas meth ring that they suspect is being run by a group of women who may have ties to white supremacist gangs.

“It’s unusual. We’ve got women [at the top of the indictment],” said John Malcolm Bales, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, at a press conference Monday. “It’s an unfortunate expression of girl power.”

The meth ring is believed to have united the Aryan Brotherhood and unidentified African-American street gangs. And cops believe it could be linked to the murders of Dekeilen Joe Nelson, 20, and Kevin Lorenzo Stephenson, 28, who were discovered dead by bullet wounds last month.

Bales announced charges against 17 people in drug-trafficking cases all surrounding the city of Longview, which is about 130 miles east of Dallas. Among those charged were Haley Still, 29, Courtney Crim-Gross, 39 and 36-year-old Gena Elizabeth Rowley. Another suspect, 34-year-old James Lamar Fountain, is reportedly still at large. 

Some of the suspects face additional charges, such as federal weapons charges and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Prosecutors believe several of the 17 suspects are affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, though they would not identify which ones.

Their attorneys claim the defendants have no affiliation with white supremacist gangs. “It may be jumping the gun to say they’re active members [of the Aryan Brotherhood or a gang] or involved in anything like that,” Rowley’s attorney, Reeve Jackson, told the Daily Beast. But several of the suspects’ past social media activity suggests otherwise. For example, in 2015, Crim-Gross shared a flyer for the American Freedom Party—a white nationalist political party—which read: “White pride doesn’t mean hate! It’s ok, you can say it! I’m proud to be white!”

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating whether any of the women, who are all described as Caucasian and blonde, had connections to the “featherwoods”—which can mean either female skinheads in prison, or the wives or girlfriends of white supremacist gang members. “Honestly, ABT [Aryan Brotherhood of Texas] says that they’re white supremacists and the African Americans have their views or whatever,” said Bales at the press conference. “It’s all one color when it comes to drugs. It’s green, it’s money. And so they somehow happen to have alliances for that.”

The federal probe used confidential informants, search warrants, and traffic stops to seize more than 15 firearms and 560 grams of meth, believed to have been created in labs in Mexico.

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