HOUSTON (AP) Authorities say they have dealt a major blow to the illegal operations of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas as the last two of 36 members arrested in a sweeping investigation have been convicted.

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies said Wednesday in Houston that those convicted in the case had been charged with committing a variety of crimes, including murder and drug trafficking.

Marshall Miller, the principal deputy assistant attorney general, says the convictions mark 'the decapitation of this gang.'

The military-style gang was founded in Texas prisons in the 1980s to offer protection to white inmates.

The convictions of the 36 members were part of a six-year investigation resulting in 73 convictions in Texas and Oklahoma.

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