For Immediate Release
Eleven Alleged Universal Aryan Brotherhood Members and Associates Charged with Racketeering, and Drug Conspiracy, Kidnapping, and Maiming a Person
TULSA, Okla. – Eleven alleged gang members and associates of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB) have been charged for their alleged roles in conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, drug conspiracy, kidnapping, and maiming a person, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on November 5, 2014, was unsealed on November 10, 2014. The defendants charged in the indictment are Anthony Ramon Hall, 39; Ronnie Dean Haskins, 41; Aaron Clay King, 31; Matthew Brian Wagner, 32; Richard Allen Roberts, 30; Robert Allen Paul Bryan, 40; Rodney Lee Broomhall, 37; William Benton Williams, 41; Kristin Michelle Bright, 31; Carl Matthew Smith, 36; and Timothy Duane Buck, 23. All defendants are from Oklahoma.
According to court documents, the UAB is a “white only,” prison-based gang with members operating inside and outside of state prisons throughout Oklahoma. The UAB is a criminal organization whose members and associates engage in drug distribution, money laundering, and acts of violence involving kidnapping, assault, and arson throughout Oklahoma. The gang was established in 1993 within Oklahoma Department of Corrections penitentiaries and modeled itself after the principles and ideology of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that formed during the 1960’s.
As alleged in the indictment, the defendants conspired in racketeering activities to advance the UAB enterprise. Racketeering activities included possessing and selling 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and the use of threats, intimidation, violence, and destruction.
The indictment further alleges that on May 2, 2013, Haskins, King, Bryan, Broomhall, and Bright kidnapped and maimed a person for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their position within the UAB gang. Following a direct order, the defendants held down a UAB member and placed a heated knife on his neck to burn off the UAB patch-tattoo because it was believed that the member did not supply and distribute drugs to the UAB enterprise.
If convicted, the racketeering, drug conspiracy, and kidnapping charges each carry a statutory maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maiming charge carries a statutory maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000.
The charges stem from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Tulsa Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Division; Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office; and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The case is being prosecuted by John Hanley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen Litchfield and Jan Reincke of the Northern District of Oklahoma.
An indictment is merely a charge and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.