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White Supremacist Worked With Black Gang Member To Make Meth In St. Louis: Cops

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First Posted: 02/20/2012 3:26 pm Updated: 02/20/2012 4:12 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities allege that the quest to make methamphetamine has led to an unlikely alliance -- a white supremacist and a black inner-city gang member.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Aryan Nations member Richard Treis and 22-year-old Robert "Biz" Swinney are among seven people facing federal charges for conspiracy to make meth, distribution of meth and other drug-related crimes.

Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration say Treis joined the Aryan Nations while in a federal prison for previous meth-related crimes. They say Swinney is a documented gang member.

Police say Swinney mobilized at least 150 people over two years to sidestep purchase restrictions on decongestants containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient, and provide the pills to meth cooks like Treis.

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