Suspected Neo-Nazi traveling cross-country arrested for gun crim

Suspected Neo-Nazi traveling cross-country arrested for gun crime in Post

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Bruce-Umbaugh, photo from Lubbock County Detention Center Bruce-Umbaugh, photo from Lubbock County Detention Center

A man who investigators believe is a Neo-Nazi traveling from Washington to Houston was indicted by a federal grand jury for having guns while also possessing a controlled substance. Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, 23, is facing the charge, according to federal prosecutors, for having marijuana and THC oil. Investigators believe the guns were transported across state lines.

Court records show a Garza County Sheriff's Office chief deputy and sergeant pulled over a driver for speeding on November 4. While speaking with the two men in the car, parked at a restaurant in Post, one of the law officers saw the handle of either a machete or bowie knife in the center console. The criminal complaint also shows both men were wearing combat or tactical gear. And, they say, Bruce-Umbaugh avoided eye contact and didn't say much.

Answering a question from one of the deputies, passenger Bruce-Umbaugh said they did have rifles in the back of the car. This is when the deputies asked the two men to step out. According to the court record, it was for officer safety. It was at this point the driver said, without being prompted, the officers did not have consent to search the vehicle. A canine unit was called. A few minutes later the drug dog alerted to the back of the car.

Investigators say Bruce-Umbaugh then said he had some marijuana and THC oil in the trunk.

The law officers searched the vehicle and report finding a small canister with marijuana inside, two grams of THC oil, a 9mm pistol, an AR-15 rifle and two AK-47 riles. They also report finding between 1,500 and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

Both men said Bruce-Umbaugh owned all the weapons, the marijuana and THC oil. He was arrested.

The next day, an FBI special agent interviewed Bruce-Umbaugh, who admitted to smoking weed daily. The criminal complaint shows he responded, "I mean, I'd say every day, but not a lot. Not a large quantity. I don't consider myself a stoner by any means. It's just kinda, one of those things. I f****** hate stoners to be honest."

During a detention hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said they believe Bruce-Umbaugh is a member of the AtomWaffen Division Neo-Nazi hate group. AtomWaffen is German for atomic weapons.

Prosecutors said, in phone calls from jail, Bruce-Umbaugh referenced his affiliation with this group and discussed a photo taken of him and another member of the group at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

If convicted, Bruce-Umbaugh faces up to 10 years in federal prison. He is currently being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center. 


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