JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - According to The United States Department of Justice, 14 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi, including four of its most senior leaders, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Mississippi for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise.
Brandon Creel, 46, aka "Oak," of Ellisville, was arrested Thursday morning by the Jones County Sheriff's Department and various other agencies and charged with conspiracy to participate in the racketeering activities of the ABM, among other charges.
Creel was immediately taken to a private location where he had his initial appearance before a federal judge. He is now in federal custody.
According to the Department of Justice, Creel is allegedly a "wheel" member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi. In a news release, the department states that the wheel has ultimate authority in all gang matters. The indictment charges Creel and three other wheel members along with 10 other alleged members of the ABM.
The release states that all 14 alleged members of the ABM are charged with conspiracy to participate in the racketeering activities of the gang along with involvement in murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, money laundering, firearms trafficking and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
ABM indictment and entire news release can be found here.