Raid on 'Cesspool' Yields Drugs, Nazi Propaganda

5 arrested in central Florida
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2017 1:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – A raid on a mobile home described as a "cesspool" by police in central Florida yielded drugs, guns, and propaganda from a group called the American Nazi Family. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office named the suspects as Alexander Nowokunski, 33; Gabrielle Price, 24; Steven Crumbley, 31; Melinda Zalneraitis, 47; and Michael Baun, 28, the New York Daily News reports. Police say Nowokunski and Crumbley are known Nazi gang members. All five are believed to have lived at the Port Richey home, where police found methamphetamine, opiates, and stolen identification including veterans' ID cards.

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Neo-Nazis have long been active in the area, investigators say. The seized propaganda includes hundreds of pages setting out the rules and beliefs of the American Nazi Family, though Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says the group behaved more like common criminals, trading stolen IDs and credit cards for drugs. "There's nothing to say they’re committing any hate crime in our community," Nocco said Wednesday, per the Bradenton Herald. "There's nothing to say that they're recruiting for their ideology in our community. They're street crime like the Bloods, the Crips, the Mexican cartels." (Read more Neo-Nazi stories.)

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