Two defendants in the recent crime sweep of the Aryan Knights—a white supremacist gang operating in and out of Idaho prisons—entered guilty pleas in a Boise federal courtroom today, admitting to weapon possession.
James Hood, 40, and 38-year-old Rory Palma, both of Boise, along with 19 others, were indicted on a string of charges announced in September, including distribution of methamphetamine and possessing firearms. Through the investigation, law enforcement agents identified Aryan Knights gang members who were trafficking meth, as well as associates of the gang who were the source of that meth.
Hood and Parma are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11, 2013. The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
"With these indictments and arrests, we have made the streets safer and weakened the operations of the Aryan Knights," U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in September.
Olson told Citydesk that a significant number of members of the Aryan Knight gangs remain in Idaho prisons, but those convicted of the new charges will be sent out-of-state to serve additional time in federal prisons.
"Methamphetamine ruins lives, disrupts families and those seeking the drug turn to property crimes to serve their addiction," said Olson.