Aryan Circle leader jailed without bond

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MIDLAND, Texas – A man described as leader of the local Aryan Circle branch remained jailed without bond Thursday on drug charges.

Michael Curtis Lewis waived his detention hearing Wednesday and agreed to remain in custody until his trial on June 28.

Lewis and Timothy “Mississippi” Bishop were arrested May 15 after authorities said Bishop violated conditions of his bond and Lewis was mistakenly released from custody.

Bishop waived his detention hearing last week, according to the Odessa American’s editions Thursday.

Lewis waived his hearing Wednesday just before he was scheduled to stand before a U.S. Magistrate.

“The federal government had a hearing set up to detain him without bond, but he went ahead and waived the hearing,” said Odessa police narcotics Sgt. Mike Tacker.

Bishop and Lewis were indicted along with 26 other members of the white supremacist prison gang March 23 on charges of manufacturing 15,000 grams or 33 pounds of methamphetamine.

Both men will remain in the federal detention center until the 28 Aryan Circle members go on trial before U.S. District Judge Rob Junell at 8:30 a.m. June 28. They face drug and organized crime charges following a four-year investigation.

Members of the Texas prison gang label themselves as white supremacists.

Information from: Odessa American

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