Hopkins County jail is currently housing an inmate that has allegedly been a part of a federal multi-state racketeering, firearms, and drug case.
HCSO jail now houses in federal custody Bobby Dayle Boney, aka “Bear,” 50, of Texas.
Five indictments in three different states were unsealed today indicting a total of twenty-four defendants, including alleged Aryan Circle gang members and associates, on charges of racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, drug conspiracy, and unlawful firearms trafficking.
The indictments were announced today as part of a larger investigation into the Aryan Circle, Operation Noble Virtue, that has targeted AC leadership and has resulted in seventeen federal convictions in six jurisidictions to date.
One of the indictments in the Eastern District of Texas charges six alleged Aryan Circle members and associates with a racketeering conspiracy that includes acts involving murder, five alleged AC members with assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering, and two alleged AC members with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering.
Among those charged are alleged current and former high-ranking gang leaders including William Glenn Chunn, aka “Big Head,” 38, of Texas; Michael Martin, aka “Aryan Prodigy,” aka “AP,” 37, of Texas; Kevin Kent, aka “Big Kev,” 35, of Indiana; and Malachi David Wren, 51, of Texas. Other alleged AC members charged include Jesse Paul Blankenship, aka “JP,” 39, of Missouri; Timothy Long, aka “Timmy,” 41, of Arkansas; Jeremy Chad Dennis, aka “JD,” 43, of Texas; Becky Westbrook, 49, of Mississippi; Rodney Holt, aka “Turbo,” 48, of Texas; Bobby Dayle Boney, aka “Bear,” 50, of Texas; and Glynnwood Derrick, 46, of Texas.
One additional defendant remains at large.
Another indictment in the Eastern District of Texas charges Rodney Holt, aka “Turbo”; as well as his associate who is not known to be an AC member, Eric Hoccheim, 39, of Texas, with five counts including firearms trafficking and conspiracy.
Operation Noble Virtue also resulted in a third indictment in the Eastern District of Texas, which charges Jeremy Klintman, aka “Shamrock,” 37, of Texas; Eulalio Torres-Cadenas, aka “Yayo,” 43, of Mexico; Shane Louque, 45, of Lousiana; and Breanna Beckley, 39, of Texas, with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
These defendants are not known to be affiliated with the Aryan Circle.
According to court documents, the Aryan Circle is a violent, race‑based organization that operates inside federal prisons across the country and outside prisons in states including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
The Aryan Circle was established in the mid‑1980s within the Texas state prison system (TDCJ) after a period of turmoil within the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) resulted in rejected and ex-ABT members creating the AC, according to Operation Noble Virtue.
The Aryan Circle was relatively small in comparison to other prison‑based gangs, but grew in stature and influence within TDCJ in the 1990s, largely through violent conflict with other gangs, white and non-white alike. In recent years, the Aryan Circle’s structure and influence expanded outside of prisons to rural and suburban areas in numerous states, Operation Noble Virtue found.
Court records further indicate that the Aryan Circle enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, assault, and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the organization.
Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members without question. The criminal acts charged in the indictments described above include shootings, stabbings, beatings, and “patch-burnings,” which are violent attacks that result in removal of a victim’s gang tattoo, the operation found.
An indictment is merely an allegation, the federal government stated. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Boney will be transferred from HCSO jail to the federal magistrate upon their availability, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum.