LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A suspected neo-Nazi who was charged with a gun crime following an investigation by the FBI, pleaded guilty in January to possession of firearms and ammunition by a prohibited person, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.
On November 4, 2019, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox announced Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, 23, was charged with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Post, Texas.
Video unsealed by the Court on February 3 shows Bruce-Umbaugh, handcuffed and clad in an orange jumpsuit, telling agents, “I assume you’re here because of my swastika flag and my firearms.”
According to a criminal complaint filed a week before his indictment by a federal grand jury, local law enforcement executed a traffic stop for a blue Ford Focus. Police say they discovered an AR-15 rifle, two AK-47 rifles, a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, at least 1,500 rounds of ammunition, a small canister of marijuana, and approximately two grams of THC oil.
Bruce-Umbaugh denied having anything illegal inside the vehicle during the traffic stop, but later admitted that the firearms, marijuana, and THC belonged to him, telling investigators he smoked marijuana on a daily basis.
In a November detention hearing, prosecutors argued the government had reason to believe Bruce-Umbaugh is also a member of AtomWaffen Division, a neo-Nazi hate group. Jailhouse phone calls revealed to the court seemed to show Bruce-Umbaugh referencing his affiliation with “the group” and discussed a photo taken of him and another AtomWaffen Division member at the Auschwitz concentration camp, prosecutors said at the detention hearing.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office described in a statement how Bruce-Umbaugh allegedly referenced his affiliation with “the group,” declared he was “a Nazi,” and discussed a photo taken of him and another AtomWaffen Division member at the Auschwitz concentration camp in jailhouse phone calls, prosecutors said at the detention hearing.
Propaganda videos admitted into evidence and released by the Court Monday – which spew hateful rhetoric against Jews – depict members of the AtomWaffen Division at self-described “hate camps” practicing hand-to-hand combat and shooting firearms.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Bruce-Umbaugh “avoided eye contact and limited conversation” with law enforcement and denied having anything illegal inside the vehicle during the traffic stop, but later admitted that the firearms, marijuana, and THC belonged to him.
The factual resume filed on December 23 to support Bruce-Umbaugh’s guilty plea makes no reference to his political affiliations, but Police asked him about the frequency of his drug usage, where he told them he smokes marijuana daily, “I mean, I’d say every day, but not a lot. Not a large quantity." Bruce-Umbaugh told police. "I don’t consider myself a stoner by any means. It’s just kinda, one of those things. I f------ hate stoners to be honest.”
Bruce-Umbaugh admitted to police to being under the influence of drugs while using the firearms, as well as bringing the guns across the country from the State of Washington to Texas.
“The Northern District of Texas is committed to keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “As a drug user, this defendant should never have been allowed to possess firearms. We’re grateful to our law enforcement partners for helpings us keep this defendant, and his guns, off the streets.”
“The FBI works with our law enforcement partners daily to protect our communities from harm," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno of the Dallas Field Office. "We want to reassure the public that swift action was taken to remove weapons from a dangerous individual.”
Bruce-Umbaugh will face up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000, with the possibility of supervised release for up to three years.
Bruce-Umbaugh remains in jail at the Lubbock County Detention Center. He is slated to be sentenced on Thursday, April 23.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Lubbock Resident Agency, the Garza County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell Lorfing and Stephen Rancourt are prosecuting the case.
The case was brought under Project Guardian, the Justice Department’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence using federal firearm laws.