According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas, 64 white supremacists have been sentenced and those combined sentences equal out to 820 years in prison.
The 64th and final hearing was held on Thursday and it saw Garry Cody Jones, 51, sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a drug-dealing scheme. All 64 white supremacists were sentenced for kidnapping and drug-related charges connected to hate groups.
“Not only do white supremacist gangs endorse repugnant ideologies, but they also facilitate a violent drug and gun trade, putting our citizens in grave danger,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said. “We were alarmed – but not necessarily surprised – at the quantities of drugs and firearms recovered during this investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to dismantle these organizations, disrupt their criminal activities, and put their members behind bars.”
Federal prosecutors stated that the defendants distributed methamphetamine and other narcotics. They also used firearms to safeguard their illegal dealings. Reportedly the defendants trafficked over 1,600 kilograms of methamphetamine, 59 firearms, and other drugs which included cocaine and heroin between 2015 and 2018.
In 2018 the number of hate crimes rose to its highest level in more than 16 years. In the United States, the majority of hate crimes are based on racial animus. Almost half of the recorded hate crimes are directed on African Americans.
A few weeks ago, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that his agency believed racially motivated hate groups posed a risk to the public that is “on the same footing” as the risk posed by the foreign threat ISIS.