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Police: DeMotte man arrested after search discovers more than 40 firearms, crystal meth, drug paraphernali

Jasper County sheriff's police display the stash of firearms seized early Wednesday from the DeMotte home of a convicted felon. 

A DeMotte man and his wife are facing a six-count indictment after police allegedly found 48 firearms, including two machine guns and 236 grams of crystal meth in their home.

Ricky K. Shultz, 47, and Jill Justice, 42, both of DeMotte were each charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, possession of unregistered firearms and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to court documents. 

The court documents were unsealed Sept. 28 by the Northern District of Indiana federal court. 

Shultz was also charged with possessing firearms while having prior battery and marijuana trafficking convictions.

On Sept. 5, Police arrested Shultz after a search of his home resulted in the seizure of 48 firearms about 236 grams of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to a news release.

An arrest warrant for Shultz's wife was filed Sept. 28 in connection with Shultz's charges, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of an unregistered automatic firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Shultz is a felon who allegedly held a leadership position in a prison-based gang called Saxon Knights, which supports a white supremacist ideology, according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department. Court documents reflect that Shultz said that he is a former member who is now “retired.”

The Saxon Knights website makes the distinction that the group is a brotherhood not associated with racism, however the Anti-Defamation League categorizes them as an Indiana-based white supremacist prison gang.

Shultz's home was searched as part of an investigation into stolen firearms from home burglaries, Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner said in the release. Police believed the stolen firearms were at Schultz's residence.

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“This case is the result of cooperation between local, state and federal authorities," said U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch in a news release on Thursday. "My office is, and remains committed, to fighting the scourge of drug trafficking and the illegal possession of firearms in all of the counties in our district, rural or urban.” 

Police said that five of the more than 40 firearms seized have been confirmed stolen. 

Jasper County Sheriff’s Tactical Team, Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, DEA and the Porter County Multi Enforcement Group executed the search warrant. 

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Police said Shultz is also a violent offender and is not allowed to be in possession of firearms. Authorities also seized ammunition for a majority of the weapons, which were described by police as "numerous long guns and handguns." Also seized were narcotics which field tested presumptive positive for crystal meth and other drug paraphernalia. According to court documents, police found digital scales and packaging material.

Shultz was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and was transported to the U.S. District Courthouse in Hammond on federal narcotics charges.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Nozick.

UPDATE: DeMotte man arrested in stolen firearms investigation identified as a leader in prison-based white supremacy gang

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