Federal indictments of 16 men belonging to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, on charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to drug trafficking, included some members of the gang's local chapter, as well as the president of the gang's “Black Region,” which includes Indiana.
The indictments, handed down Wednesday by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Detroit, are part of a nationwide investigation targeting what the U.S. Department of Justice calls “an international criminal organization.”
The Fort Wayne Police Department aided federal agents in the Detroit investigation, which lasted five years, because some of the crimes, according to court records, took place in northern Indiana, presumably in Fort Wayne.
The club's local base is a house on West Main Street in the Nebraska neighborhood, complete with Harleys and the Outlaws name on the outside. The gang is described by the Department of Justice as structured and hierarchical, divided into multiple regions across the United States. Chapters also operate in Europe, Asia and Canada.
Though the names of the 16 people under indictment are provided, who hails from where is not. Many have aliases, too: Milky, Tom the Bomb, Hogg, Mexican Rob and Skid Mark.
According to a Department of Justice news release, gang members are accused of either committing or threatening to commit acts of violence to protect and expand the gang's criminal operations. Some of the men are charged with assaulting members of the rival Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, using a cane, a hammer and motorcycle parts in some cases.
Leroy Frasier, aka Leroy, is identified as the overseer of the Michigan and Indiana Outlaws, or president of the Black Region. He's charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a count of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators say the attacks happened in Indiana and that Frasier was helped by several other men in the attacks, all of whom also are charged.
Those men are Norman Box, David Dorris, Danny Neace, Ramon Rios and Bruce Wendel.
Some named in the indictments are charged with trafficking drugs, while others are charged with various firearms offenses for either being a felon in possession of a handgun, or selling a firearm to a prohibited person. The crimes took place in Michigan as well as Indiana. Some members' homes in Florida were searched.
The investigation into the gang also produced 15 separate arrests in a town near Boston last month on drug and firearms charges.