9 arrested in Columbus after yearlong investigation of Aryan Brotherhood

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Nine people were arrested this week in Columbus, Indiana after a yearlong investigation into the Aryan Brotherhood. 

The investigation began in October 2017 with the arrests of two people connected to the gang. Investigators with the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department and tracked down suspects involved with drug dealing, burglaries and vehicle thefts in the county.

Many of the nine people arrested are either members or associates of the Aryan Brotherhood, according to the Columbus Police Department.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Aryan Brotherhood is the country's oldest white supremacist prison gang. There are an estimated 20,000 members both in and out of prison, according to the SPLC.

These people were arrested and face the following formal charges:

Chelsie S. Harden, 30, Columbus, Indiana

  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor)

Jarred A. Parton, 26, Franklin, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Battery (Class A Misdemeanor)

William Jacob Lustig, 38, Columbus, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)
  • Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Level 6 Felony)
  • Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor)

Brandon B. Jacobs, 28, Nashville, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony)
  • Intimidation (Level 6 Felony)
  • Possession of Altered Handgun (Level 6 Felony)
  • Carrying an Handgun Without a License (Class A Misdemeanor)

William “Corey” King, 35, Columbus, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)

David “Bub” Hadley, 35, Columbus, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)

Mary Jaylin Craig, 22, Edinburgh, Indiana

  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor)

William J. Stillabower, 33, Columbus, Indiana

  • Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony)
  • Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony)

Matthew S. Mowery, 22, Austin, Indiana

  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Syringe (Level 6 Felony)

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