WASHINGTON--An alleged general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang pleaded guilty to racketeering charged and admitted to being a member of the prison gang, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Charles Lee Roberts, aka "Jive," 67, of Beaumont, Texas, and other ABT gang members and associates agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping, and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang, federal officials said.
Roberts and numerous ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members, and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things, federal authorities stated.
Roberts faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he goes back to court.
According to the indictment, the ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system.
The gang modeled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960s.
According to the superseding indictment, previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism. Over time, the ABT expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit.
Roberts is one of 35 defendants charged with conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise.
Officials stated that this case is being investigated by a multi-agency task force consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Federal Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Texas Rangers; Texas Department of Public Safety; Montgomery County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Office of Inspector General; Harris County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Atascosa County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Orange County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Waller County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Alvin, Texas Police Department; Carrollton, Texas Police Department; Mesquite, Texas Police Department; Montgomery County District Attorney's Office; and the Atascosa County District Attorney's Office.