A member of the Skinhead criminal street gang today was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of manufacturing and transporting methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine for sale.
The jury also determined that 38-year-old Charles Gilbert Demar III committed the crimes for the benefit or in association with the Sacramento Skinheads street gang and that he had four prior convictions, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.
Demar was under surveillance by undercover Citrus Heights police officers in March 2011, following the shooting death of white supremacist David Austin Lynch at Lynch's Citrus Heights home. Demar was described by police at the time as a close friend of Lynch and a "person of interest," although he was not identified as a suspect in the Lynch homicide.
When Demar drove away in his truck, Citrus Heights officers requested the assistance of Sacramento County sheriff's patrol units to make a traffic stop of Demar's vehicle on Highway 50. A deputy activated his patrol car lights, but Demar did not immediately stop and was seen throwing an object out the passenger window of the truck, authorities said. This was captured by the patrol car's in-car camera. The object proved to be 1.4 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging and a scale.
Subsequent searches of Demar's apartment and garage revealed a large number of Skinhead-related signs and photos of Demar with other known validated Sacramento Skinheads. Pseudoephedrine, chemicals and apparatus used in manufacturing methamphetamine were also found, along with several containers of methamphetamine in liquid form, authorities said. In addition, a search of Demar's cell phone revealed a video he made of himself and another person manufacturing methamphetamine in his apartment.
Demar faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. He is to be sentenced May 28 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.