Lingering Highwaymen Case

May 1, 2017

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Lingering Highwaymen Case

The Highwaymen case, United States v. Nagi et al., which began with an indictment unsealed on April 21, 2009, alleging criminal activity that began “in or about 2000, the exact date being unknown to the grand jury” has taken an interesting twist.

“New revelations,” as the Detroit Free Press put it, prove that lead defendant Aref “Steve” “Scarface” Nagi “worked as a confidential informant for federal and local police agencies.” It is a terrific story made slightly less terrific by the detail that Nagi’s snitching occurred in 1992, seventeen years before the indictment was unsealed.

Using Freedom of Information Act requests, convicted Highwaymen Gary “Junior” Ball discovered that in 1992 Nagi arranged to buy two kilograms of cocaine in Troy, Michigan for the benefit of the Troy police and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and to the detriment of the men he asked to sell him the cocaine.

Ball was one of 78 men accused of belonging to the Highwaymen “criminal enterprise.”  The indictment alleged that the purposes of that enterprise, “included but were not limited to…enforcing its authority and power by disciplining and punishing members and associates who did not comply with the (club) rules…promoting,  protecting, and enhancing the authority, reputation, and standing of the Highwaymen through the use of intimidation, threats, violent acts, and possession of weapons.  Maintaining control over Highwaymen territory (turf) through acts of intimidation, threats and violence.  Enriching the club and its members through, among other things, the commission of crimes involving theft and the distribution of controlled substances.”  And, “protecting the Highwaymen and its members from detection and prosecution by law enforcement.”

Knights of Columbus

During Nagi’s trial, a defense attorney named Henry Scharg described the Highwaymen as the “Knights of Columbus on wheels.”

Ball was specifically charged with transporting two stolen  motorcycles from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Michigan, distributing “cocaine, marijuana, Vicoden, Viagra, Ecstacy, and other controlled substances” and conspiring to murder Highwayman Doug Burnett who had helped steal the two motorcycles in Myrtle Beach but whom some club members later suspected might be a police informant.

Ball was convicted and sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. He is trying to get a new trial.  He argues that Nagi’s cooperation with authorities in 1992 should have been disclosed to him and that if it had been he might have been acquitted.

Nagi was convicted of multiple federal charges and sentenced to 37 years. Following his own appeal, Nagi’s sentence was reduced to 20 years in prison.

Since Ball filed his appeal, two other convicted Highwaymen, Leonard “Dad” Moore and Joseph “Little Joe” Whiting have also asked for new trials on the grounds that Nagi’s history of cooperation should have been disclosed to them.

Ball is also asking for a new trial on the grounds that his attorney had a conflict of interest with another defendant in the case who received a more lenient sentence.


6 Responses to “Lingering Highwaymen Case”

  1. Philo Bedo Says:


    Thank you for taking a moment to write about this. “Oh what a tangled web we weave..” No? Still, lends credence to me theory that most of those who ride high at the top of the food chain for a long time, do so only with the secret support of, or at the behest of .gov goons..


  2. Iron Rider Says:

    If there is one thing I hate it’s that someone is willing to turn on friends or brother and set them for a long stretch.the FEDS love RICO because they can use it as an all in one catchall and they abuse the hell out of it.

    The thing the FEDS love about RICO is that they can let RICO hang over you for years and years before they set a foot in court to prove your guilty of a fucking thing.
    The FEDS also no fighting RICO is fucking expensive and will cost you a fortune and a lot of people charged with RICO just cant take that financial hit so they fold and take a plea and of course the FEDS love to use RICO and the minimums under it to get people to turn informant.

  3. Austin Says:

    TRUTH!!! “one is advised to act alone and then never speak of it.”

  4. Paladin Says:

    A memo on Omerta

    For centuries, Sicily, was ruled by a long line of invaders. This included Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, French and the Spanish. The natural inhabitants of Sicily formed groups to protect themselves from the hostile occupying forces. These groups, which later became known as clans or families, developed their own system for justice and retribution, carrying out their actions in secret. Omerta (code of silence) was necessary to allow the clans and families to avoid retribution by the above mentioned occupying forces.

    The reason Omerta worked so well in the past is because the occupying forces would torture and murder those and the families of those found to be working at cross purposes to the foreign forces occupying Sicily at the time. There was no carrot, only the stick. So, no one had anything to gain, only everything to lose. In this Country, the government offers both, the carrot or the stick. It is a rare individual that will face down a lengthy prison sentence instead of a new life in WITSEC. In some cases an individual’s life is so bad that a new life becomes very appealing, no matter who’s offering.

    When I was eighteen, I got busted with two others for Marijuana possession. Back then, any amount, even a roach was a felony charge. At trial, the charges against me were vacated due to having been improperly Mirandized. But because the two guys I had been busted with had priors, they rolled in order to have their charges dropped.

    In this day and age, if one is going to act on something that could be called into question at a later date, one is advised to act alone and then never speak of it.


  5. david Says:

    Unfortunately for everyone, the gov. criminal cartels’ judiciary is only one branch of the government criminal cartel, the criminals in Congress and the Executive branch(cops included) being the other two branches of crime.

    The congressional criminals THEMSELVES in both houses , passed the RICO act which applies to those bastards themselves for all THEIR drug and gun running.

    The judicial criminals acceptance of drug, gun and human trafficking BRIBES, makes they THEMSELVES guilty of multiple felonies, daily.

    The executive branch greedy pigs acceptance of bribes, drug and gun SALES, and MURDERS, makes they THEMSELVES guilty of multiple felonies also.

    The so-called gov., ain’t nothing but one huge criminal cartel operating beyond the people’s oversight and authority, against everyone’s best interest, best welfare and highest good.

    These cartel criminals have operated unrestricted by the people for so long, for so much profit, they bought the establishment media liars and whores off a LONG time ago.

    If and when the general public has enough of the cartel’s lying, cheating, THEFT and MURDERS then, and only then, will the situation change.

  6. Paladin Says:

    Through the legal bastardization of RICO, the government at its whim has the ability to criminalize any group of individuals it sees fit. RICO’s constitutionality will never be challenged for two reasons. 1) RICO is an incredibly large net, which allows the government to go fishing with ease. 2) the catch within RICO’s net continually feeds this Country’s bloated, corrupt judicial system and the myriad companies that support it and this Country’s prison system.

    Rico can be returned to its original intent in one of two ways. 1) a government and judicial shift to a Libertarian political platform and legal philosophy, or when working in law enforcement becomes so hazardous that law enforcement personnel put their own safety and welfare ahead of the State’s interests.


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