Confederate Hammerskins Arrested in Florida on Drug Charges

  • February 26, 2007

John Rock, 35, and Tom Martin, 23, both members of the Confederate Hammerskins, a large violent and racist skinhead group, have been arrested in Orlando on drug charges.  FBI agents arrested the two on February 8, 2007, and charged them with possession of crack-cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as possession of a firearm by prohibited persons. 

According to authorities, Rock and Martin were allegedly involved in posing as police officers and robbing drug dealers in the Orlando area of either money or drugs.  When searching Martin’s car during his arrest, FBI agents reported discovering a black ski mask, a loaded handgun, and two long handled flashlights consistent with those used by police officers.  At his residence, police found two sets of handcuffs, a Russian assault rifle, a smaller bolt action rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a belt of shotgun shells, several boxes of ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, and syringes, among other confiscated items. 

Martin, who moved from West Virginia to Gotha, Florida, about a year before his arrest, has been an active Hammerskin who has hosted numerous parties for the group or other white supremacist causes.  He also served as Webmaster for Web sites related to the group and set up and administered the Hammerskins’ online message board, where racist skinheads, mostly Hammerskins, frequently kept in communication. 

Previously, Martin was a Webmaster for and officer with the Arkansas-based neo-Nazi group White Revolution.  He was also a founder of the West Virginia Skinheads and, briefly, a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance.