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Josephine County investigators arrest alleged members of white supremacist prison gang

Detectives seizes firearms and drugs during a series of search warrants served in Josephine County.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 2:21 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Investigators in Josephine County seized dozens of guns during a raid on alleged members of the white supremacist prison gang European Kindred last week, arresting three men.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said that a series of search warrants served on Friday marked the culmination of a seven-month long investigation by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team into the prison gang.

The investigation focused on illegal possession of guns, drug trafficking, and robberies.

During a series of four search warrants served on Friday, investigators seized more than 30 guns, at least 100 pounds of dried marijuana, more than 40 marijuana plants, methamphetamine, heroin, packaging material and scales.

Three alleged members of the gang were taken into custody — 33-year-old Eric William Kelly, 37-year-old Kyle David Thier, and 32-year-old Nathaniel David Anderson. The three men face a multitude of charges, including racketeering, robbery, theft, felon in possession of a firearm, and charges for drug trafficking. More charges may be added later, GPDPS said.

"Other subjects are being sought in relation to this case, but there is believed to be no danger to the public at this time," the agency continued.

The prison gang European Kindred is believed to have been founded within the Oregon prison system, and has ties to the Aryan Brotherhood and the Ku Klux Klan.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Sgt. Doni Hamilton at 541-450-6370, or email dhamilton@grantspassoregon.gov. Reference case numbers 2020-51213 or 2020-51295.

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