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

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Aryan Nations member Richard Treis is alleged to have conspired with Robert Swinney to make meth.
Aryan Nations member Richard Treis is alleged to have conspired with Robert Swinney to make meth.

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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