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Aryan Brotherhood's presence in Central Texas

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A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from an east Texas murder case fearing for his safety.

According to an email to the defense attorney, assistant U.S. attorney Jay Hileman announced Tuesday he's dropping off the statewide racketeering case. 

This comes after the killing of Kauffman County prosecutor Mike McLelland and his wife on Saturday. The Aryan Brotherhood Supremacist group is a focus in that investigation, and they are also defendants in the case where Hileman withdrew.  McLelland was also involved in that investigation. 

With all this attention to the prison gang, local officials are saying the members do have a presence in Central Texas.  Members of the FBI, DEA, Sheriff's Office and police say they have seen Aryan Brotherhood members in the area.  A DEA spokesman says he's seen active cells.

The Bell County Department of Public Safety says they also run surveillance on some gang members. 

Waco DPS also says there are members in the area.  According to a DPS nationwide study, McLennan and Bell Counties have the highest rating of gang activity in the state. 

"That seems to be the area that they can use it as their criminal enterprise to move their product and move themselves back and forth," Waco DPS spokesperson D.L. Wilson said.  "I-35 is a big part of that."

DPS also says the Brotherhood is a tier two gang meaning they have less numbers. Tier one gangs are mostly involved with Mexican Cartels.

And Waco DPS did say they will help in any way they can with the Kauffman investigation, but no one is jumping to conclusions on if the Brotherhood is involved.

 

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