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By David De Rurange/KTVL.com
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- The few Nazi Low Riders in the valley can have a significant impact on our neighborhoods. One of those gang members sits in the Jackson County Jail. He was arrested for what police call a "cornucopia" of drugs, cash and stolen guns.
Nazi Low Rider Thomas Anderson was arrested at the 4800 block of North River Road in the City of Rogue River on September 11, 2013. Anderson fought with swat team members, until officers tased him.
Police seized stolen guns, body armor, just over $58,000 of cash and eight ounces of heroin at the property.
"It's a significant impact on the community the amount of heroin he was selling. He's a Nazi Low Rider gang member, which is a gang that goes back to the prison system, and generally involved in criminal activity, especially drug trafficking." Lieut. Brett Johnson, from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) said.
Johnson said there's only a handful of Nazi Low Riders in the Rogue Valley, but Anderson is an example of how big of a role they play in drug deals.
Anderson sought refuge with family member in Rogue River. His operations spanned to Medford and Grants Pass.
Traditionally, Nazi low riders are white supremacists, but for higher-up dope deals police say they'll cross boundaries, like with Nortenos and Surenos, who dominate the Rogue Valley's gang population.
Police said Anderson has tattoos identifying his affiliation with Nazi Low Riders. Now he's behind bars where Nazi Low Riders are known to recruit.
But he's out of Rogue River and away from big dope deals in the Rogue Valley.
Thomas Anderson's bail stands at one million dollars. He faces multiple charges including theft, possesion of drugs and weapons.
In Oregon, his gang affiliation to Nazi Low Riders will not impose a longer sentence. In California, a judge can tack-on gang enhancement charges for stricter sentences.
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