In Tulsa, Oklahoma eighteen members of the United Aryan Brotherhood have been charged with racketeering, kidnapping, and drug conspiracy.
The UAB is a white supremacist gang founded in 1993 within the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Members have been found to be operating both inside and outside of prison using contraband cellphones.
Taking someone off the streets and putting them in prison should make them no longer a threat to the general public. The use of contraband cellphones, however, has allowed criminals to continue to hurt others and operate on the outside. According to Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, the threat of contraband cellphones in prisons is real and the Department of Justice is hard at work attempting to thwart their usage.
Of the key players involved in this operation, six are inmates working within the walls of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester: Matthew D. Abrego, 32; Christopher K. Baldwin, 39; Jeremy C. Anderson, 31; Johnny R. Jameson, 36; Robert W. Zeidler, 45; and James C. Taylor, 52. In addition to contraband cellphones these members also used “kites,” or written requests, to carry out operations on the outside.
The 18 UAB members have been charged with nine murders, multiple car-jackings, and kidnappings. The charges and investigation into the UAB has been a group effort by U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, IRS-Criminal Investigations, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, the Tulsa and Enid Police Departments, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.