Fifteen are in prison after their white supremacist-led meth ring in Northeast Texas was busted.
In a statement released by U.S. Attorney General for the Northern District of Texas, Erin Nealy Cox, 15 members of the white supremacist organization, Aryan Circle, were recently arrested near Lake Tawakoni.
The investigation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Texas Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Henderson County Sheriff, Hunt County Sheriff, Quinlan Police Department, Rockwall County Sheriff, Texas Highway Patrol and Van Zandt Sheriff.
Those indicted include Crystal Leann Sharkey, aka “Crystal Leann Jordan,” 36; Michael Paul Watts, 28; Jason Wayne McClure, 43; Kellie Lea Locke, 37; Michael Brandon Powell, 43; Jody Heather Bausch, aka “Jody Land,” 41; Scott Ralph Land, 47; Jeremiah Jason McGregor, aka “Wicked,” 40; James Earl Goodin, aka “Bo,” 35; Nicole Joni Culpepper, 27; Kyle Quincy Ketchum, 30; Ember Nicole Berg, 33; Shannon Marie Morgan, 42; Aaron Dewayne Marrs, 39; and Leslie Irene Cates, 34.
All 15 people are being charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Cox said the indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation that would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit any property that constitutes or was derived from proceeds traceable to the offense, including multiple firearms.
The drug ring was reportedly in operation from January through the arrests this month. Eleven of the defendants have made their initial appearances in federal court and will remain in custody pending further court charges, Cox said. The remaining four are in state custody.