BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say three members of a white-supremacist gang have pleaded guilty in Southeast Texas to racketeering charges for their roles in distributing methamphetamine.
Entering pleas Wednesday were three residents of Vidor (VY'-dur): 46-year-old Juanette Marie Cunningham, 45-year-old Michael Taylor Word and 27-year-old Erica Nicole Parrott. Five other defendants entered guilty pleas earlier this week.
The members of the SWS gang were indicted in August. Authorities say SWS stands for Separate White State but that it represents other monikers as well. Prosecutors contend the gang protects its territory and power through intimidation and violence.
SWS allegedly sought to use proceeds from the sale of meth to purchase property for a separatist community.
Sentencing dates for the gang members entering pleas this week have not been scheduled.