Aryan Brotherhood Members Indicted in Texas

  • April 17, 2006

A grand jury in Lubbock, Texas, has indicted five members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on various firearms offenses.

U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper announced indictments on April 12, 2006, against Matthew C. Courtney, 34, of Midland, and Lubbockresidents Cory D. Daniel, 27, Aaron Thompson, 27, Jeremy Lynn Womack, 27, and John Arthur Clark, 35.

Womack is charged with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. Womack was arrested following a traffic stop during whichLubbock police officers found a backpack with a home-made explosive device and explosive powder.  Bird shot pellets and screws designed to be ignited by a homemade fuse were also found in his car. 

Not long before the traffic stop, Womack’s estranged wife contacted police, showing them a text message sent to her by Womack in which he  threatened to kill himself and her; Womack was headed in the direction of his estranged wife’s residence at the time of the stop.

Courtney, Daniel and Thompson are charged with conspiracy to possess and dispose of 26 stolen firearms and one count of possession of stolen firearms.  In addition, Daniel is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and Courtney and Thompson are each charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The indictment alleges that they stole firearms in a burglary.  Daniel and Thompson are in custody; an arrest warrant has been issued for Courtney.

Clark, also in custody, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 

The Texas Aryan Brotherhood formed in the early 1980s as an offshoot of the (California-based) Aryan Brotherhood; it is an independent group with a presence in Texas and some neighboring states.  In Texas, this violent group has more than 400 members.