New evidence released in suspected neo-Nazi case - FOX34 Lubbock

New evidence released in suspected neo-Nazi case

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

At first, the only evidence released by the Justice Department of Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh's interrogation was a short clip.

The 23-year-old from Washington was arrested last November after a traffic stop in Post.  In the car were weapons, ammunition, weed and THC vape cartridges.  But that was just the beginning. 


"I wasn't trying to sell anything. It was all just personal use. Like I'm not trying to f****n bring s**t into your guy's community. I'm really not trying to bring any trouble here," Bruce-Umbaugh said during his initial interrogation. 


Newly released evidence reveals more about Umbaugh and his ties with the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen. 


Prosecutors played audio clips from phone calls in jail at his detention hearing in November. They remained sealed, until TV station KING5 news in Seattle threatened legal action against a federal judge here in Texas.

The evidence, was then obtained by Nick Martin, of The Informant


"I'm a political prisoner!" Bruce-Umbaugh can be heard saying. "My God, if I didn't already have a reason to hate the f****n pig system," he added. 


According to the Anti-Defamation league, Atomwaffen members are known for participating in "hate camps" where they train for a race war.

In addition to weapons and drugs, deputies report finding their flag and a card for the group in the car Bruce-Umbaugh was traveling in. 


The person at the wheel during the traffic stop was Kaleb Cole, a suspected leader of the radical group. Cole was released after the traffic stop and Umbaugh was taken into custody. 

In the audio Bruce-Umbaugh admits he took the fall.   

"They said, well why didn't they arrest him? I said well, it's all mine! And since he had just had his guns taken, I wasn't about to say they were his. He's been my best friend for my whole life. I'm not going to throw him under the bus," Bruce-Umbaugh said in the recording. 


In December, Bruce-Umbaugh pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a prohibited person.He faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In the meantime, he remains at the Lubbock County Detention center, while awaiting sentencing in April.

 

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