The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          

 

HOME PAGE

 

ABOUT US

 
SUBSCRIBE HERE
 

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

 
ADVERTISNG HERE
 

AMBER ALERTS

 

EVENTS

 

CONTACT US

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
2013

 

WE GET LETTERS

 

VISIT OUR SUBSCRIBERS

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 
TEXAS MOST WANTED
 

PHOTO GALLERY

 

RECORDED 
INTERVIEWS

 

ARCHIVES

 

POLICE TO CITIZEN

 

RECOMMENDED
READING

 

SOUND-OFF

 

YOUR WEATHER


 

Two Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   EMPLOYMENT - Law Enforcement Positions
ߦ   APD to receive teddy bears from the Austin Junior Forum Teddy Bear Program
ߦ   Aransas Pass Police Dept. - Police Activity Report
ߦ   Board of Health Recognizes Longtime Public Servant [PHOTO]
ߦ   Body of Former Splendora Woman Found
ߦ   California governor signs ‘yes means yes’ campus sexual assault bill
ߦ   Chief’s Weekly Update - Lewisville Police Department
ߦ   Department of Justice Launches National Violence Reduction Network
ߦ   Deputies Investigating Kidnapping, Shooting Near Tomball [WATCH]
ߦ   Friendswood Police Activity Report
ߦ   League City council takes step to ensure safety of animals and enforcing laws against offenders
ߦ   Lytle Police Weekly Report
ߦ   Man runs from police, runs into gas station instead
ߦ   Meet Lucca, the K-9 Hero Who Risked Her Life to Save 14 Men
ߦ   Release Ordered of Man Convicted in Trooper Death
ߦ   Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
ߦ   Well-respected Ottawa cop takes own life in police headquarters
ߦ   Galveston County Judge In Hot Water In Ohio
ߦ   Evidence links suspect in Hannah Graham abduction to '09 case
ߦ   Houston Doctor Gets 10 Years Prison In Poisoning Case [WATCH]
ߦ   Pair Jailed In Santa Fe Water Well Brawl
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Galveston County Sheriff [Updated Sept 16]
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Harris County Sheriffs Office (Updated Sept 19)
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Texas City Police Department [Updated Sept 9]
ߦ   Aransas Pass Police - 24 Hour Activity Report
ߦ   Baytown Man Dies After Being Tased By Chambers Deputy
ߦ   Charges expected in Oklahoma workplace beheading
ߦ   Convenience Store Clerk Helped Organize Armed Robbery
ߦ   Criminal Street Gang Member Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Children
ߦ   Fatal Traffic Accident at 12400 South Sam Houston Parkway West
ߦ   Fatal Traffic Accident at 18100 Gulf Freeway
ߦ   Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Funeral Home Owner Rachel Hardy
ߦ   Galveston Couty Jail - Booking Report - September 28, 2014
ߦ   HPD Firearms Instructors to Teach Citizens' Police Academy Members
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Houston Shooting
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 9678 Azeem
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Traffic Accident at 10400 Eastex Freeway
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Traffic Accident at 700 Link Road
ߦ   Judge Rules Police Lieutenants Conversations With Officials Protected
ߦ   Missing woman in Arkansas Graduate of Splendora High School
ߦ   Mission Man Gets Nearly 20 Years for Leading Marijuana Conspiracy
ߦ   Patrol Report - Sept. 29, 2014 - Corpus Christi Police Dept.
ߦ   Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing at 2800 Kirby
ߦ   Texas Police Attend International Police Program [PHOTOS]
ߦ   Traffic Violator Fires Several Shots At Deputy [WATCH]
ߦ   Where is University of Virginia student Hannah Graham?
ߦ   Woman Walks Out With Stolen Shoes [PHOTO]
ߦ   Manhunt underway after officer shot in Ferguson, Mo.[WATCH]
ߦ   FBI Ten Most Wanted
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Texas Department of Public Safety
ߦ   5 found dead in Utah County home
ߦ   Apartment Fire Intentionally Set By Juveniles
ߦ   Calls For Service - Harris County Constable Ron Hickman
ߦ   Corpus Christi Police Activity Report
ߦ   Ferguson PD Chief Jackson No Longer Leads His Department

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:
February 1, 2013

HOUSTON - Two members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to their membership in the ABT's criminal enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

 Ben Christian Dillon, aka "Tuff," 40, of Houston, and James Marshall Meldrum, aka "Dirty," 40, of Dallas, each pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in the Southern District of Texas to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.

 According to court documents, Dillon, Meldrum and other ABT gang members and associates, agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang.  Dillon, Meldrum and numerous ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things. 

 Dillon and Meldrum admitted to being ABT gang members and engaging in multiple acts in support of the criminal enterprise.  Dillon admitted to trafficking in methamphetamine, acting as an enforcer to collect drug debts owed to the ABT enterprise, committing acts of arson for the gang and attempting to kill a fellow ABT gang member who had been marked for death by senior ABT officials. Meldrum admitted to trafficking in methamphetamine and severely beating a subordinate gang member.

 According to the superseding indictment, the ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system.  The gang modeled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960s.  According to the superseding indictment, previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism.  Over time, the ABT has expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit.

 Court documents allege that the ABT enforced its rules and promoted discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise.  Members, and oftentimes associates, were required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as "direct orders."

 According to the superseding indictment, in order to be considered for ABT membership, a person must be sponsored by another gang member.  Once sponsored, a prospective member must serve an unspecified term, during which he is referred to as a prospect, while his conduct is observed by the members of the ABT.

 At sentencing, Dillon and Meldrum each face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Dillon's sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 24, 2013, and Meldrum's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2013.

 Dillon and Meldrum are two of 34 defendants charged in October 2012 with conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise, among other charges.
 
This case is being investigated by a multi-agency task force consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Federal Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Texas Rangers; Texas Department of Public Safety; Montgomery County, Texas, Sheriff's Office; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of Inspector General; Harris County, Texas, Sheriff's Office; Tarrant County Sheriff's Office; Atascosa County, Texas, Sheriff's Office; Orange County, Texas, Sheriff's Office; Waller County, Texas, Sheriff's Office; Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department; Alvin, Texas, Police Department; Carrollton, Texas, Police Department; Montgomery County District Attorney's Office; Atascosa County District Attorney's Office; and the Kaufman County, Texas, District Attorney's Office.

 The case is being prosecuted by David Karpel of the Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Hileman of the Southern District of Texas.
 

 

 

 

 


 



Comments:
About freaking time these dumbasses get charges with something. They go around thinking they own the world and people and when someone tries to leave their stupid ring they decide to murder them. Then they are cowards and don't fess up to what they did. Yes i am pissed i had someone dear to me that was murdered from the hands of someone affiliated to these monsters.
Posted by KraKra24 at 2/4/2013 4:30:54 PM

Post a comment Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Share   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2014 The Police News. All rights reserved.