The Nazi Lowriders or NLR is white supremacist gang that originally formed in Costa Mesa, California in 1978. The neo Nazi street gang spread into the California Youth Authority and then into prison. The Aryan Brotherhood “adopted” and reorganized the NLR in the mid 1980’s, using it as a prospect farm of potential recruits into the AB.

Symbols: A skeleton eagle grasping a swastika, The Ride, NLR, Hitler.
Ranking structure: seniors and juniors
Territory: Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Inland Empire, San Bernardino, Fontana, Riverside, and Corona.
Alliances: Vagos Motorcycle gang, Insane White Boys, La Mirada Punks, Independent Skins and Orange County Skins.
Members: 2,000
Racial make up: White and Hispanic
Threat: Moderate


The NLR increased in numbers and power as law enforcement officials were cracking down on the violent Aryan Brotherhood in the late 1980’s. Gang Intelligence officers predict that there are over 2,000 NLR members in prisons across California. The Nazi Lowriders operate in an unorganized fashion and are involved in crimes such as Methamphetamines dealing, robbery and murder.


The NLR has recently began choosing the color of money over the color of skin by recruiting hundreds of new Hispanic members. As a result, the NLR and Aryan Brotherhood recently severed their 20 year alliance. The AB ordered the NLR to terminate all non white members but the NLR refused. The California Department of Corrections (CDC) has recently begun segregating both ruthless prison gangs due to growing tension.




In 1978, the Nazi Lowriders or NLR is formed in Costa Mesa, California. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1985, the Aryan Brotherhood adopts and reorganizes the Nazi Lowriders. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In May 1995, members of the Aryan Brotherhood and Nazi Lowriders murder Steve Hampton by slicing his throat with a razor blade. The gang member’s motive to murder was because Hampton was incarcerated for child molestation. (People v. Schmaus, 135 Cal.Rptr.2d 521, 109 Cal.App.4th 846 (Cal. App., 2003)


On April 1996, NLR members Danny Williams and Eric Dillard brutally beat a black teenage boy to death with a baseball bat. (Associated Press)


In 1996, NLR members murder inmate Karl Hennings Sr. at the Devore (California) state prison. (Associated Press)


On May 14, 1998, the California Department of Justice classifies the NLR as a prison gang and Security Threat Group. (Gang Intelligence 101)


In 1999, NLR member Ritch Bryant was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a black homeless man named Milton Walker Jr. (Associated Press)

In August 1999, Nazi Low Rider members William Richie, 28, and David Rolph, 24, slash black inmate Cedric Allan Parker, 35, with a makeshift knife at a San Bernardino County detention center. Parker suffers severe wounds to his face, neck and body. (Los Angeles Wire Reports)


On March 29, 2001, Nazi Low Rider members Scott Kuhn, 29, and Marcello Castellano, 22, are arrested sheriff's deputies raid their home and find 73 firearms, a sheriff's uniform, hand grenades, and body armor. (Los Angeles Wire Reports)

On February 12, 2002, twelve alleged members and associates of the Nazi Low Riders (NLR) are indicted on violating (RICO) through murder, extortion, robbery and drug distribution. (Associated Press)


On February 20, 2002 habitual criminal and Nazi Lowrider prison gang member Steven Maurice Miko, 38, is sentenced to 432 years in prison. Miko was convicted of multiple counts of robbery, burglary, evading arrest, escape, attempted murder and assault in which he commited throughout southern California. (Associated Press)


On September, 2003, Nazi Lowrider member Adriean Volz is arrested for operating a Methamphedamins lab in his $1.5 million home in Laguna Niguel, California. (Associated Press)


On December 2003, indictments are handed down to 7 NLR leaders for violations of RICO, after four years of investigation, indictments were finally handed down against several NLR leaders for alleged violations of RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. (Associated Press)


On March 18, 2004, Nazi Lowrider Patrick Paul fatally stabs Dwight Gary Davidson with a 6 inch hunting knife in an apparent robbery attempt. People v. Paul, B192333 (Cal. App. 7/20/2007)


On April 2004, NLR members kidnapped and murdered a bisexual man in Salinas, California. (Associated Press)


In 2004, Nazi Lowrider member Billy Joe Johnson uses a claw hammer to murder Cory Lamon over a $20,000 debt. (Associated Press)


On June 15, 2007 Joseph Hayes and Jeffrey Langenhorst, associates of the Nazi Low Riders prison gang plead guilty to racketeering. (Los Angeles Wire Reports)


On October 16, 2007 Shayne A. Ziska, a Chino correctional officer and Nazi Low Riders gang associate, is sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to smuggle in drugs to members of the NLR. He is also found guilty for allowing the prison gang to stab, beat and extort other inmates. (Los Angeles Wire Reports)


On Apr 15, 2009 Nazi Low Rider member Harold Edward Trees, 36, is arrested in connection with a huge indoor pot farming operation found in the heart of Downtown Long Beach, California. (Press Telegram Long Beach)




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