Law enforcement in Florida say that five self-proclaimed neo-Nazis have been arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation by police which in turn found them in possession of several illegal firearms, methamphetamine, and “Nazi propaganda material”, as defined by police.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">American Nazis are longstanding low-rent <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whitesupremacist?src=hash">#whitesupremacist</a> gang in New Port Ritchey, Florida. History of violence. <a href="https://t.co/lKQD6fBUT2">https://t.co/lKQD6fBUT2</a></p>— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) <a href="https://twitter.com/egavactip/status/895298418389790720">August 9, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says that the five were arrested near Tampa Bay area suburb earlier this week.
Investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the group’s home in New Port Richey as part of a several month long undercover investigation that led to the arrests of 33 year old Alexander Nowokunski, 24 year old Gabrielle Price, 31 year old Steven Crumbley, 47 year old Melinda Zalneraitis, and 28 year old Michael Baun.
Police say that both Alexander Nowokunski and Steven Crumbley are “known documented gang members”, with extensive criminal histories. Both suspects ran for almost 14 miles before they were captured.
The official police reports states that that while searching the property, Deputies found a major stash of “American Nazi Family” propaganda that outlined the rules, oaths and hierarchy of the American Nazi Family.
The Pasco County Sheriff, Chris Nocco, says that the suspects allegedly stole personal identification cards from mailboxes and then used those IDs to obtain fraudulent credit cards. The Sheriff implied that the group then likely traded the IDs and credit cards for drugs.
During the SWAT team raid on the home which assisted in the search of the house, which Deputies called a “cesspool”, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said, “This place should’ve been condemned years ago.”
Various drug paraphernalia, opiates including oxycodone and heroin, and approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine were also recovered at the home, along with several firearms, magazines, and other miscellaneous ammunition.
Deputies also found a stolen vehicle on the property, and said they are still looking for the sixth suspect, 28 year old Justin Hopper, who is wanted for possession of a stolen motorcycle and he remains at large.
The five suspects face a number of drug and gun charges. Both Crumbley and Price had outstanding warrants for grand theft