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IKA Boss’ Latest Travail: Drug Trafficking Charges

By Sonia Scherr on May 21, 2010 - 5:08 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan

The founder of a once-thriving Klan group has recently battled a major lawsuit, money woes and, now, federal drug charges.

Ron Edwards, the 50-year-old former leader of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), appeared in U.S. District Court in Owensboro, Ky., today on charges of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, according to court documents. He was also charged with possession of a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime. Edwards’ girlfriend, Christina “Chrissy” Ann Gillette, was charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

Ron Edwards mug shot

The drug charges will likely further damage Edwards’ reputation in the white supremacist movement, where some supporters have accused him of keeping donations meant for his Klan group.

Edwards, of Dawson Springs, Ky., led a particularly dangerous Klan group that welcomes violent skinheads and declares on its website that it “hates Muds, spics, kikes and niggers.” In an effort to cripple the organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center sued Edwards in 2007, after members of his Klan group were convicted of attacking a 16-year-old U.S. citizen of Panamanian descent because they thought he was an “illegal spic.”

Edwards showed up to a deposition with the words “Fuck S.P.L.C.” tattooed on his head. In November 2008, a jury awarded a $2.5 million judgment to the victim; the verdict is currently under appeal. Last year, the group had five groups in four states, down from 23 chapters in 17 states in 2006. Though smaller, the IKA remains active and continues to hold Nordic Fest, its annual hate rock gathering held on Memorial Day weekend at its compound and headquarters in Dawson Springs.

An FBI affidavit indicates that Edwards’ was allegedly dealing drugs shortly after his civil trial in Brandenburg, Ky. The affidavit gives the following account: On Jan. 6, 2009, Edwards pocketed $800 after selling 120 prescription Lortab pain pills to an undercover officer during a meeting in Bardston, Ky. (The pills contained hydrocodone, a controlled substance.) During the drug sale, Edwards kept a semi-automatic pistol concealed under his leg and then behind his back. On Aug. 13, 2009, Gillette, Edwards’ girlfriend, sold methamphetamine for $300 to a “cooperating witness” who met with her in Central City, Ky. On Sept. 2, 2009, in Dawson Springs, Edwards did the same, earning $500. And on Jan. 16, 2010, Edwards and the cooperating witness met again in Dawson Springs, where Edwards gave the witness 70 Lortab pills in exchange for $560.

Both Edwards and Gillette were released today on $25,000 bond issues. The conditions of release require them to remain under home detention and to avoid contact with each other. They are scheduled to appear in court again on June 24.

  • frankkk

    Why is it that he is being attacked by the media? Why doesnt the media go after the NAACP? They are the same group only for a different race. How come that everytime one of the blacks fight shoot or cuss a white that it is overlooked? Why is it that they can get a job just for being black but a white man cant get a job just because he is black. Why is it that black, hip hop, and newports tie together so well? why do blacks not listen to heavy metal or country music? why is there all black colleges and no all white colleges? Its because the racism in america isnt comming from the whites. we are only trying to keep ourselves as what we are… white.

  • L Earl

    If “Space Crafts” from” Outer Space” with 12-ft Tall “Beings” on them landed at every HATE Group Compound/Meeting and “demanded” they “must” grow to be 12-ft tall (to be as “SUPERIOR” as they are) or they “will” be treated/HATED equally as badly as the groups they Hate…and for as long…ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WOULD REALIZE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED/HATED etc. for things beyond their Control!!!!!
    “THINK, it might be a NEW EXPERIENCE”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • robot

    i take my pride in ideas of people that I choose to associate with, id rather be proud of something i can choose as opposed to something less tangiable like race which i have no choice in…If i chose to be proud of my race THIS is what id have to be proud of? no thanks

  • YellerKitty

    It never fails to amaze me how those who claim ‘supremacy’ are as far from any plausible definition of ‘supreme’ imaginable. They’re mouth-breathing bottom-feeders, and it’s just pathetic that they are able to find so many who are so equally lacking in any socially redemptive qualities.

  • Mary Ellen

    What a waste.
    I wonder if he has ever enjoyed a single moment of being alive. One of the most difficult lessons I ever learned was that hatred is so corrosive to the hater. Like drinking poison to punish one’s perceived enemy!
    What a waste.

  • J.Edward Cowles

    Ron is and has been for years a parasite, appealing to the ignorant in the name of “White Race”

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Ladies and Gentlemen! The vanguard of the WHITE RACE!!!

  • skinnyminny

    Gee, aren’t their portraits just beautiful (rolling my eyes)! I wonder what their mugshots look like.

  • Kyle yates

    I know this place all to well u don’t know the half of it I don’t agree with them but this don’t start to explain