Southern District of Indiana | Aryan Brotherhood member sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for armed methamphetamine trafficking and illegal possession of 40 firearms

INDIANAPOLIS — Jared Mashburn, 40, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm to encourage drug trafficking.

According to court documents, Mashburn was arrested on December 14, 2020 in Indianapolis by Indiana State Police Troopers pending a Putnam County warrant. Mashburn was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting law enforcement and possession of methamphetamine. At the time of his arrest, officers searched Mashburn’s person and found two loaded handguns, approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine in bags for resale, and approximately $12,000 in cash.

Later that same day, soldiers executed a search warrant to search Mashburn’s home. Investigators found and seized 38 firearms, approximately 2.8 kilograms of methamphetamine, digital scales, a vacuum sealer and a drug book. Investigators also seized items related to the Aryan Brotherhood, of which Mashburn was a known member, including a jersey with Aryan Brotherhood insignia and a Nazi flag, uniform and other Nazi paraphernalia. The Aryan Brotherhood is a notorious white supremacist group with affiliated gangs in many prisons.

At the time of this arrest, Mashburn had previously been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and owning an illegal drug lab. Mashburn was barred from possessing firearms under federal law as a result of his previous felony convictions.

“This heavily armed meth dealer and gang member is exactly the type of dangerous criminal we need to prioritize at the federal prosecutor’s office,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Repeat offenders who threaten the public with illegal weapons and poison our families with deadly drugs will face the severe consequences the court is handing down today. I applaud the efforts of the FBI and Indiana State Police to protect the public by ensuring the defendant will serve years in federal prison and off our streets.”

“Today’s ruling is a clear demonstration that those who use firearms to further their illegal activities will be held accountable and removed from our communities so they can no longer pose a risk,” said Indianapolis FBI Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to stem the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods and to keep firearms out of the hands of those prohibited from possessing them.”

The Indiana State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were investigating the case. The verdict was handed down by US District Court Judge Jane Magnus Stinson. Judge Stinson also ordered that Mashburn be monitored by the US Parole Board for five years after his release from federal prison.

US Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Pamela S. Domash, who was prosecuting the case.

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