A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was named to the Texas “10 Most Wanted Fugitives” list and a $10,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Shortly after making the list, police were able to promptly arrest him on a tip.
Kevin Wayne Matthews, 49, was wanted in Liberty County since November 2015 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charge rose from an incident where Matthews is alleged to have used a vehicle to attack two family members. He was also wanted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and deadly conduct involving the discharge of a firearm, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Shortly after being named to the top-10 list, law enforcement officers received a tip as to Matthews’ whereabouts. Special agents from the Texas DPS Criminal Investigation Division closed in on the Aryan Brotherhood member and took him into custody without incident on the northwest side of Houston.
Matthews is no stranger to the Texas prison system. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel’s office revealed the gang member had an extensive criminal history. His record includes felony convictions of Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Evading Arrest, and Theft. He also has a record of misdemeanor charges of Assault on a Family Member, Trespass of a Building, Assault with Bodily Injury, and Theft.
Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on the criminal activities of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT). In April 2013, an FBI document linking the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas with Mexican drug cartels was revealed. Despite the racist aspects of the gang’s history, they tend to ignore race when engaging in their criminal activities.
“Several law enforcement personnel from the FBI and other agencies confirmed with Breitbart News that the Aryan Brotherhood’s criminal activities are seldom driven by race; their focuses are drug and sex trafficking, as well as murder-for-hire,” Breitbart reported at the time.
The FBI report clearly established links between the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican cartels.
“The publicly available documents illustrate that the Aryan Brotherhood has aggressively pursued alliances with larger and more powerful crime organizations throughout its history,” Breitbart Texas previously reported. “They have smuggled, trafficked, and killed on behalf of groups of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in order to turn a profit. They are hired guns (or fists, or knives, or prison shanks, depending on the situation).”
Earlier that month, the Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on Fox News and discussed the possible connection between Aryan Brotherhood members’ possible involvement in the assassination of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife. He noted that the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican cartels have an established presence in the U.S. and that it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility of their involvement in the case.
In January 2016, Breitbart Texas reported on the sentencing of the final two of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members for their involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. The article reported:
The [Department of Justice] press release did not indicate specifically which cartel the ABT’s meth supplier was affiliated with. Most of the major Mexican drug cartels are involved in meth production and distribution to different extents. However, Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel tend to have the broadest amount of influence in Texas. The ABT is a white supremacist gang which would normally never consider consorting with Latinos under any circumstances. When it comes to business—and particularly drug trafficking—the ABT and other race-based criminal groups will make interracial alliances if it means bigger profits.
All 34 of the gang’s leaders and members were convicted and sentenced to prison.
Breitbart Texas reported in April 2015 about the connection between the Aryan Brotherhood and the Gulf Cartel:
A series of federal court records that Breitbart Texas has researched to point to a counter-intuitive but close working relation between the Aryan Brotherhood and the Gulf Cartel with the street gang profiting from drug distribution and carrying out contract muscle work for the cartel.
Information about the tip leading to Matthew’s arrest is being evaluated to determine if a Crime Stoppers reward will be paid, the DPS reported.