Authorities announced this week that 39 members of two white supremacist gangs based in Florida were arrested as the result of a massive drug trafficking sting,
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced on Thursday that members of the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs were charged with various federal firearms and drug violations.
Local ABC affiliate WFTS-Tampa Bay reported that authorities had seized over 100 illegal firearms, a rocket launcher and, several pipe bombs as part of the raid.
Authorities also reportedly found several pounds of crystal meth and fentanyl.
The investigation, named “Operation Blackjack,” lasted over three years and included state and federal prosecutors, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
“In getting these 39 dangerous individuals off of the street and seizing guns and explosives that could have been used in violent acts, the community of Pasco County is a little safer,” ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Craig Kailimai said, WFTS reported.
Authorities say the white supremacist gangs mostly operate in and out of prisons.
The United States Attorney’s Office’s Violent Crimes and Narcotics Section will prosecute the cases.
The suspects are facing a minimum of two years to life in prison.
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