Too dangerous to go to court? Feds say Aryan gang members eyeing jail security, locks

Federal prosecutors announced a crackdown on the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang in June, charging 16 people with running drugs and cellphone rings inside California prisons and trying to orchestrate hits on fellow inmates and rivals on the outside.

Since then, some of the defendants housed at the Sacramento County Main Jail have monitored security procedures, discussed the types of locks and keys securing their cells, conspired to have a cell phone smuggled into the jail and constructed several handmade ropes from jail clothing, prosecutors say.

“Deputies found what appeared to be a cipher/coded message key in the pod accessed solely by the AB defendants,” prosecutors wrote in one court filing based on jail records. “It appeared as though one inmate was trying to teach another inmate how to use the code in further communication.”

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