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Seven convicted of meth distribution ring linked to the Texas Aryan Brotherhood prison gang

September 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Seven convicted of meth distribution ring linked to the Texas Aryan Brotherhood prison gang

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Federal prosecutors announced the convictions of seven people for their roles in a meth distribution conspiracy linked to the Texas Aryan Brotherhood.

U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas said the co-conspirators charged in the meth distribution network that operated in North Texas from January 2014 to April 2016 were found guilty following a four-day trial.

James Marcus Laxson was the only defendant to be acquitted.

Parker said that 80 people have so far pleaded guilty in the meth distribution case between April and August.

Prosecutors presented evidence during the trial showing some of the convicted, were high-ranking members and associates of the Texas Aryan Brotherhood.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Evidence included texts and prison phone call intercepts, which was conclusive enough to prove their roles in the meth trafficking conspiracy.

The jury found each of the co-conspirators guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, which is punishable by 5 to 40 years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine.

Among those convicted included four from Fort Worth including Billy Fred Gentry, 30; Charles Ben “Pretty Boy” Bounds, 31; Kevin Kyle “Kilo” Killough, 29; and Michael Clay “Whisper” Heaslet, 30.

Trae “Twig” Short, 31, and Nicole Cynthia “Nikki Single” Herrera, 21, are Dallas residents, while another co-conspirator, 48-year-old Billy Ray Skaggs, is from Brownwood.

The judge has scheduled sentencing for February 2017, Parker said.

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