An Ohio white supremacist has been sentenced to nine years in prison on drug and forgery charges.
James R. Blomquist, 37, who police allege was a leader in the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, was sentenced on January 5, 2005, in Lake County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty last month to eight counts involving drugs, forgery and fraud.
Judge Richard L. Collins Jr. said Blomquist was “the main party responsible” in a “sophisticated and intricate bad check scheme” that also involved “insurance fraud and taking the identity of others from 2002 through 2004.” Blomquist admitted operating a methamphetamine lab out of a rented building.
Blomquist was fined $12,500 and made to forfeit 33 firearms found at his property. In September 2005, Lori Goodrich pleaded guilty to purchasing weapons, including a .38-caliber revolver and a .45-caliber pistol, on behalf of Blomquist, who was apparently unable to buy the guns for himself because of prior criminal convictions. Goodrich was among thirty-three people arrested, including members of the Aryan Brotherhood, during June 2005 raids across six Northeast Ohio counties following an investigation into drug and weapon sales.
The Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, founded in the mid 1960s in California, has built its reputation on violence and intimidation. The gang is involved in drug trafficking, extortion, gambling and protection rackets in federal and state prisons across the country.