The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas authorities are using billboards as oversized wanted posters for key figures of the Aryan Circle, a white supremacist prison gang. A billboard rising along Interstate 10 recently asked passing motorists for help finding Robert J. Ring, an ex-convict and Aryan Circle member who disappeared earlier this year while on parole. A few months earlier, a similar billboard was used to solicit tips on the whereabouts of Danny Ray Ferguson Jr., another alleged member of the Aryan Circle prison gang.
The Aryan Circle is among the largest white-supremacist prison gangs in the United States, with as many as 1,500 members across the U.S. Although it is outpaced by the larger Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Circle is involved in an array of crimes, including drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, assault, burglary and murder. “They are a gang made up of crooks, and that is what they do,” FBI special agent Keith Koncir said. “It is all about the green; that is the only color they care about.” A recent Anti-Defamation League report on white prison gangs found the Aryan Circle has “considerable activity” in Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico Oklahoma and Tennessee.