Michigan State Troopers and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 18 people this morning in an attempt to wipe the Devil’s Disciples Motorcycle Club off the face of the earth.
The police also seized two real estate properties belonging to the club. A Federal forfeiture complaint was filed against the National Headquarters and Mother Chapter Clubhouse of the Devil’s Disciples at 43653 Gratiot Avenue in Clinton Township, Michigan.
The national headquarters has recently been offered for sale. It sits on about 3.5 very nicely maintained, wooded acres and is zoned for general business. The Devil’s Disciples were asking $390,000 for the place.
A forfeiture complaint was also filed against the Port Huron, Michigan Clubhouse at 2424 Little Street. FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold declined to say whether or not the clubhouses would be raised and the land sowed with radioactive waste so that no motorcycle club would ever dare to own a clubhouse in either of those two locations again. But then, after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, all things are now possible.
Tee Shirts, Hats, Patches
The FBI searched the clubhouses and various residences occupied by people the FBI thinks might possibly have some connection to the Devil’s Disciples last September and October. The warrants authorizing those searches were sealed. At that time, Agent Berchtold said the national police were searching for evidence of “sales of controlled substances.”
What the FBI actually seized in those raids were: Pills, possibly aspirin, club rings, tee shirts, hats, patches, personal cell phones, photographs and other memorabilia, “miscellaneous documents,” slot machines, knives that were not switchblade knives, switchblade knives, personal computers and a shotgun.
Today, according to the FBI, authorities seized 42 guns, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, 3 bulletproof vests, $12,000 in cash, 680 grams of methamphetamine, 55 pounds of weed, 1,000 pain pills and 15 slot machines.
Jeff Garvin “Fat Dog” Smith, 54 and the National president of the Devil’s Disciples Motorcycle Club was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a bullet proof vest. Being a convicted felon in possession of body armor is itself a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
David Roy “Reverend” Delong, 55, was charged with making a false statement to the police.
Paul Anthony “Pauli” Darrah, 44, National Vice-President and Cary Dale “Gun Control” Vandiver, 49, National Warlord of the club were charged with using a cell phone to talk to a drug dealer.
The FBI also announced that Alexis Catherine May, 56; John Renny “Bear” Riede, 61; Christopher Raymond “Slomo” Marrocco, 31; Gary Lee Nelson, 42; Charles Edward “Chuck” McCarthy; Dean Anthony Tagliavia, 41; Lauri Ann Ledford, 39; Jennifer Lee Cicola, 38; Vernon Nelson “Vern” Rich, 44; Deborah Ann Heacock, 46; Michael Vernon Darrah, 47; Howard Joseph “Forty-Four” Quant, 52; Timothy Paul “Space” Downs, 51; and Paula Mileha Friscioni, 43 were being held on suspicion of using a cell phone to talk to a drug dealer.
Technically, the formal charge is “using a communication facility in furtherance of drug trafficking” and it is punishable by up to four years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
Today the Devil’s Disciples. Who knows, maybe tomorrow, AIG.