Man with ties to Aryan Contra Costa gangs indicted on meth trafficking charges

OAKLAND — Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute against a Contra Costa man with ties to two local Aryan gangs.

Adam Gardner, 41, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the lone charge. The U.S. Attorneys office has also filed an asset forfeiture petition to take $1,000 from Gardner.

Gardner, originally charged in state court before federal prosecutors took over the case, pleaded not guilty at his first arraignment hearing earlier this month. He remains in custody. Details of his alleged offense, which prosecutors say occurred on April 3, have not been released.

According to court records, federal authorities identified Gardner as a member of the CoCo Boys gang in 2013. In 2009, a gang dropout identified him as “connected” to the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia, or FAIM. Both groups have been identified by authorities as “white criminal street gangs” with connections to California prisons.

Last year, a co-founder of FAIM, Coby Phillips, was sentenced to 105 years to life in prison for a conviction of murder in the commission of a meth trafficking conspiracy. He was found to have conspired with members of the Sinaloa Cartel to import hundreds of pounds of meth per year.

In 2009, two alleged CoCo Boys members were tried on charges that they murdered a man who’d been labeled a snitch for being placed in a protective custody unit in prison. The jury acquitted one man but convicted Pittsburg resident Daniel Jones, 27, of second-degree murder.

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