Two associates of the white supremacist group known as the “New Aryan Empire” have been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for their involvement in criminal activities. Carey Mooney, from Dover, was sentenced to 223 months for her role in kidnapping and assault, while Michael J. Roberts, from Hattieville, received a sentence of 118 months for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy. These sentences serve as a significant step towards dismantling this dangerous criminal organization and ensuring justice for their victims. The investigation into the New Aryan Empire continues as law enforcement agencies work tirelessly to bring all those involved to justice.
Defendants Sentenced for Involvement in White Supremacist Gang
In recent news, two individuals connected to a white supremacist gang known as the “New Aryan Empire” have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their involvement in criminal activities. Carey Mooney, a 46-year-old resident of Dover, has been sentenced to 223 months in federal prison for her role in kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. Similarly, Michael J. Roberts, a 39-year-old resident of Hattieville, has been sentenced to 118 months imprisonment for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy. These cases shed light on the ongoing efforts to combat white supremacist organizations and dismantle the criminal networks associated with them.
Background of the Case
The investigation into these defendants’ involvement began in 2016 when local and federal agencies launched a joint operation to identify, infiltrate, and dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating in Russellville. The authorities identified several individuals involved in trafficking methamphetamine in the Pope County area. As the investigation progressed, it became evident that Carey Mooney was not only engaged in drug trafficking but also associated with the New Aryan Empire (NAE), a white supremacist organization that had evolved from a prison gang into a full-fledged drug trafficking organization.
Defendant 1: Carey Mooney
Carey Mooney, one of the defendants in the case, played a significant role in the criminal activities carried out by the New Aryan Empire. In May 2017, Mooney and other members and associates of the NAE kidnapped an individual suspected of cooperating with law enforcement, an act that violated the NAE’s internal rules. The victim was held against their will, subjected to physical violence, and threatened with their life as a result of this violation. Mooney pleaded guilty in April 2021 to Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering. As part of her sentencing, Mooney has been sentenced to 223 months in federal prison.
Defendant 2: Michael J. Roberts
Michael J. Roberts, the second defendant in the case, was involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy linked to the New Aryan Empire. Unlike Mooney, Roberts was not involved in the kidnappings but played a key role in the distribution of methamphetamine for the NAE leadership. Authorities intercepted a package in November 2016 that Roberts had sent to California, containing over $40,000 in cash. Roberts sent another package in January 2017, which contained $24,000 in cash. The investigation revealed that Roberts had facilitated the distribution of approximately 100 pounds of methamphetamine. Roberts pleaded guilty in January 2020 to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and has been sentenced to 118 months imprisonment.
Charges and Sentencing
Carey Mooney faced charges of Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering, while Michael J. Roberts faced charges of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Mooney pleaded guilty to her charges in April 2021, while Roberts pleaded guilty in January 2020. In addition to their terms of imprisonment, both defendants have also been sentenced to several years of supervised release following their incarceration.
Mooney’s Guilty Plea and Sentencing
Carey Mooney’s guilty plea in April 2021 marked a significant moment in the case against the New Aryan Empire associates. Her admission of guilt to the charges of Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering solidified the evidence against her and further implicated her in the activities of the white supremacist gang. Mooney’s sentencing to 223 months in federal prison reflects the severity of her crimes and serves as a warning to others involved in similar criminal activities.
Roberts’ Guilty Plea and Sentencing
Michael J. Roberts’ guilty plea in January 2020 added another layer to the case against the New Aryan Empire. Roberts’ admission of guilt to the charges of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine corroborated the authorities’ findings and helped establish his role in the drug trafficking activities of the white supremacist organization. Roberts’ sentencing to 118 months imprisonment demonstrates the consequences of involvement in such criminal enterprises and aims to deter others from engaging in similar offenses.
The investigation into the activities of the New Aryan Empire and its associates involved the collaboration of various law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Russellville Police Department. This coordinated effort was aimed at identifying, infiltrating, and dismantling drug trafficking organizations operating in the Russellville area. The authorities’ diligence and commitment to justice contributed to the successful prosecution and sentencing of numerous individuals involved in the New Aryan Empire’s criminal activities.
Identification and Infiltration of Drug Trafficking Organizations
A key aspect of the investigation was the identification and infiltration of drug trafficking organizations in the Pope County area. Authorities successfully identified multiple individuals involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine, shedding light on the scope of the operation and its ties to the New Aryan Empire. The extensive efforts made to gather evidence and build a strong case against those involved in the drug trafficking activities of the NAE have allowed for successful prosecutions and have helped disrupt the criminal network.
The sentencing of Carey Mooney and Michael J. Roberts for their involvement in the New Aryan Empire and its criminal activities illustrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to combat white supremacist organizations and dismantle the networks associated with them. The collaborative efforts of various agencies have resulted in the successful prosecution and sentencing of numerous individuals involved in the NAE’s drug trafficking activities. Such cases serve as a reminder that those engaged in criminal enterprises will face severe consequences and that law enforcement agencies will continue to work tirelessly to maintain safety and justice within our communities.