The FBI sent out a self-congratulatory email last Friday announcing that the final defendants in the great Black Pistons racketeering case of 2012 had been sentenced.
The case of which the Department of Justice is so proud used “An undercover agent posed as a drug dealer from Florida who was looking to expand his drug dealing into North Georgia. He was introduced to members of the motorcycle clubs by a club member who was working as an informant for the FBI.”
“The undercover agent conducted actual and ruse drug deals in which he either bought methamphetamine from motorcycle club members or recruited club members to assist him in moving what they were led to believe were significant quantities of methamphetamine or cocaine from North Georgia to Tennessee. The undercover agent also obtained firearms from convicted felons and engaged two defendants in discussions about making an unregistered explosive device for him.”
The case very much epitomized the transformation of the United States of America into a sadistic state: A nation that can’t do very much about national problems and that exists mostly to trick people into committing victimless crimes so its army of inquisitors can throw law books at them.
Forty Month Prosecution
Twenty-two men were arrested on various federal charges when the case was announced in August 2012. Five more men were eventually charged with something.
Two defendants took their chances at trial and were convicted. One of those men was sentenced to four months in prison for selling a gun to a convicted felon. Another defendant, who was 63 at the time of his conviction, got five years in prison for “conspiring to aid and abet and aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute cocaine.” He needed money and he was entrapped in a drug sting,
Five men beat the case in court. The best known of those were Outlaws Regional President Larry McDaniel, Outlaw Sean King and Black Pistons State President Howard Brown who were all charged with conspiring to impede a federal investigation. What the men actually did was impede an ongoing entrapment by telling the members of a Black Pistons chapter they couldn’t call themselves Black Pistons anymore.
One defendant made bail and he is still in the wind.
Nineteen of the defendants were eventually bludgeoned into taking plea deals. In the federal courts, almost everybody gets bullied into taking a plea deal. Federal justice is never fair.
Two men pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and were each sentenced to ten years in prison. Another man pled guilty to “conspiring to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.” He did not actually possess methamphetamine but he dreamed that someday he might get rich in the get quick rich scheme the FBI used to temp him and he earn five and half years in prison for his dream
Six men between the ages of 22 and 60 pled guilty to conspiring to aid and abet the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Conspiring with an FBI agent provocateur. Conspiring. They were sentenced to between two and five years in prison.
One man pled guilty to possession of a firearm during an imaginary drug trafficking crime and he got five years he prison.
Six men confessed to “using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.” They confessed to talking about an imaginary crime on the telephone and they received sentences of up to three and a half years in prison.
One defendant confessed to conspiring to sell a firearm to a convicted felon. He got five years.
Another man who possessed a firearm with an obliterated serial number got a year and a half.
Two men pled guilty to “conspiring to make and transfer a destructive device” and they were sentenced to two and three years in prison.
“These sentencings close a comprehensive investigation into drug trafficking and illegal gun and explosives offenses by members of motorcycle gangs operating in North Georgia,” Acting United States Attorney John Horn bragged. “The case reflects our commitment to make sure the communities in North Georgia are safe, and prevent gang members involved in drug and gun offenses from establishing a foothold there.”