Five people with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood gang were arrested on multiple charges, including auto theft, following a raid of an alleged chop shop in San Jacinto County, Texas, according to reports.
At the scene, authorities found 11 stolen vehicles in various stages of being dismantled. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) assisted authorities in identifying the vehicles.
The Feb. 2 raid happened just before dawn and was conducted by the Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable's Office, the Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force and the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.
In a video report, NICB notes that the group may have already had buyers for the car parts in the U.S. or overseas. Expensive parts continue to drive car thefts as criminals steal cars and trucks to strip them and sell the parts on the black market.
During the chop shop raid, investigators also found three firearms and numerous amounts of narcotics including marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and oxycontin, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The five people charged include Matthew Follis, 38, Alexandria Holloway, 26, Shain Whitmire, 38, Everitt McAdams, 34, and Shasta Cole, 33. Follis and Holloway each are charged with nine counts of theft of vehicle and two additional counts for possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. Whitmire is charged with two counts of vehicle theft while McAdams and Cole each face one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Learn more about the chop shop raid in this Fraud Files video from NICB.