Devils Diciples Case Wrapping Up

June 14, 2018

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Devils Diciples Case Wrapping Up

Motorcycle Club cases are pension plans for federal prosecutors. So the Devils Diciples case that began in 2011 and would eventually come to include accusations of crimes that dated back to 2003 is just now getting around to sentencing.

The case epitomizes what happens when the Department of Justice decides to pay attention to you. They will not stop until they get you for something.

This began as United States v. Scott William Sutherland, et al. “Scotty Z” Sutherland was accused of being a felon in possession of a gun in March 2011. The way federal cases work is first they charge you with whatever they can get on you and then they continue to dig. Sutherland’s case, which was really aimed at the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club as a whole all along, was superseded in May 2011 and then again in July. The third indictment charged dozens of defendants with dozens of crimes.

Drugs

What the charges boiled down to were accusations that some members of the club enjoyed recreational drugs including methamphetamine and marijuana. Those members discovered it was cheaper grow their own weed and cook their own crank. They sold some of the drugs they produced among themselves and possibly to others. Many members off the club took steps to try to keep those members from being convicted of drug dealing by obstructing justice in one way or another: Either by refusing to cooperate with police or by discouraging others from cooperating.

The charges in the third indictment included Conspiracy to Suborn Perjury and Obstruct Justice; Subornation of Perjury; Aiding and Abetting, Obstruction of Justice: Obstruction of Justice by Threats to a Witness; Mailing Threatening Communications; and Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess With Intent to Distribute Marijuana. Several clubhouses also had video poker machines so there were charges of the club being a gambling enterprise. There were the predictable charges of methamphetamine manufacture and distribution. And, some members were also found to be in possession of forbidden writings marked “For Official Use Only” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive.” Apparently, in America as in the old Soviet Union, there are forbidden books that only policemen are allowed to read. Prosecutors described the Devils Diciples as a cult they lured members in with the promise of drugs then kept them in the club by feeding their addiction.

Trials

There have been two trials in the case.

National President Jeff Garvin “Fat Dog” Smith, National Vice-President Paul “Pauli” Darrah, alleged National Warlord Cary “Gun Control” Vandiver, Vincent “Holiday” Witort, Patrick Michael “Magoo” McKeoun were found guilty of racketeering in February 2015 after a four month trial. David Randy “D” Drozdowski was acquitted of racketeering but was found guilty of two other charges in that trial.

Sutherland, the original defendant, pled guilty to the gun charge and was released from custody in 2015.

In December 2015, Victor Carlos “Vic” Castano and Michael Kenneth “Tatu” Rice were found guilty of racketeering and producing and selling methamphetamine and marijuana after a three month trial. Dombrowski was retried with Castano and Rice and found guilty of racketeering. Much of the case continues to be sealed.

Sentencing Hearing

There was finally a sentencing hearing for all eight men this week in Detroit. Defense attorneys argued that most of the methamphetamine production and drug distribution was contained almost entirely within the club.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin seems to believe that the way to end drug abuse is wither long terms in a penitentiary. He told District Judge Robert Cleland “The Devil’s Diciple’s encouraged drug use, proliferated it and supplied it. Using methamphetamine was at the very core of this organization.”

Castano and Drozdowski face at least 20 years in prison. Smith, Darrah, Vandiver, Witort and McKeoun face minimum sentences of ten years in prison. Rice does not face a minimum sentence.

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17 Responses to “Devils Diciples Case Wrapping Up”

  1. James W Crawford Says:

    Re Troll 1%:
    My apologies for my typing error. I meant to say “the criminal behavior that 1% MCs ALLEGEDLY engage in.” Observing the Twin Peaks debacle and lurking on this forum has confirmed my suspicions that the reputation for criminality of MCs is greatly exagerated and fabricated.

  2. Sig45 Says:

    You not only have a right but an obligation to invoke the 5th. Why anyone would speak to law enforcement I do not know. Finally, on another note, once something becomes digital ie photos, text, documents, etc, it never goes away. Ever!

  3. Sieg Says:

    Thanks Troll, and likewise. No, you sure can’t depend on a judge and jury for anything, most especially that any of your “peers” will get on it in the fist damn place!

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  4. Troll 1% Says:

    @ Sieg I have always enjoyed and respected your comments, even when I don’t agree.The constitution is open to interpretation by the judge and jury present.Never a
    guarantee that your ‘PEERS’ know how to tie a shoelace. Just an observation . @ J.C. Don’t know you ,but I take acception,to the way you throw around the phrase 1% M.C.s .If you ain’t a Patch Holder with a 1% club ,then don’t use the phrase like a punk ass Fed. Troll 1% L.P.D.P

  5. Sieg Says:

    Eochaidh OghaChruithne your “French resistance” got the cell-structure from the communists. It has been their preferred form of organization since their birth. But you know that.

    As far as “conspiracies” in clubs, there aren’t any, at least none I’ve ever seen. There are members breaking the law, individually and severally, whether it’s selling speed or pouring off-license hooch, but it isn’t any conspiracy.

    Everyone knows, or at least, everyone who has been around for more than a day and is actually about something, knows that if the pigs want you, the pigs got you, especially the FedCoats. They don’t need “david’s” phone books or stun-guns, or anything else his fevered lil mind can dream up, they just drop years on you. If you cop, fine, if you don’t, you don’t come out again. Simple.

    The 5th. You can invoke the 5th at any time during an interrogation or trial. What you CAN’T do is just stop answering questions without invoking it. Always been that way, the scotus decision affirming that doesn’t change a thing, just says yeah, that’s the way it is.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  6. Paladin Says:

    @ Wingman84;

    You have to begin as you mean to go on.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  7. david Says:

    The fifth Amend. protected right to be free from self-incrimination becomes moot, when the pigs break out the heavy telephone books, plastic bags they are so fond of, and the torture stun guns when the accused is hidden in an “interrorgation” room.

    The whole time the persecuting attorneys were using the word forbidden in the courtroom, they worked hard not to use the word “verboten”.

  8. James W Crawford Says:

    Re Stevo,

    No snitching needed or useful. Oregon has decreed that there should be no regulation on marijunna whatsoever. This is why the Feds are finally making arrests.
    I am simply making the point that clubs that engage in exactly the criminal behavior that 1% MCs engage in get a free pass because their members are allegedly respectable people.

  9. freebird Says:

    forbidden writings

    A copy of the Lynch Report…

  10. Gooch Says:

    What worked for me, was keeping the circle small and tight I learned early on too many so-called friends can make a lot of bad things happen. There is some drawback to having a small circle even sometimes within the larger Circle as your closest and most trusted sometimes pass on and it can be a Solitude existence. Keep my eyes open keep my ears on and I keep my mouth shut I don’t start s*** don’t take s*** got me through Rebel on!/ Gooch

  11. Wingman84 Says:

    The 5th amendment isn’t as strong as it once was.

    In a 2013 Supreme Court case, a suspect answered many questions, but then chose to remain silent regarding some aspects of the crime.

    The prosecution interpreted this as evidence of guilt. The Court ruled
    “the prosecution’s use of his silence in response to another question as evidence of his guilty at trial did not violate the Fifth Amendment because petitioner failed to expressly invoke his privilege not to incriminate himself in response to the officer’s question.”

    http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/salinas-v-texas/

    I am not a lawyer, but as I understand this ruling, answering ANY questions a Law Enforcement Officer asks may weaken your 5th amendment protection. Because the suspect answered some questions, but then chose to remain silent when asked about the crime, this was considered evidence of guilt.

  12. Paladin Says:

    jonny sumo Says:
    June 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    “Is it the same in the USA? or is that part of the Constitution as respected as it should be?”

    The right against self-incrimination is spelled out in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and applies to both criminal and civil matters. This federal protection also extends to state and local jurisdictions as well. When a defendant pleads the Fifth, jurors are not permitted to take the refusal to testify into consideration when deciding whether a defendant is guilty. In the 2001 case Ohio v. Reiner, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a witness may have a reasonable fear of prosecution and yet be innocent of any wrongdoing.”

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  13. Stevo Says:

    Crawford you cheeky punk, stop using this site to snitch on your enemies. You’re a cheap bastard, I hope you’ve donated to Dons site costs at least.

    SS

  14. jonny sumo Says:

    @Paladin; please excuse my ignorance but if you pleadthe 5th Amendment do the courts look on that as actually admitting guilt? In UK they have changed the pre arrest warning (your ‘rights’) to say that it may damage your defence if you later rely on something you dont say now!
    The implication here now is ‘if youre quiet you must be hiding something’, and thats sold to courts/juries/media etc
    Is it the same in the USA? or is that part of the Constitution as respected as it should be?

  15. Paladin Says:

    “And, some members were also found to be in possession of forbidden writings marked “For Official Use Only” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive.”

    Law Enforcement Sensitive information is defined as unclassified information of a sensitive and proprietary nature that, if disclosed, could cause harm to law enforcement activities by jeopardizing investigations, compromising operations, or causing life-threatening situations for confidential informants, witnesses, or law enforcement personnel.

    Unless the documents found were marked “CLASSIFIED”, there is no law regulating the mere possession of such documents. However; the underlying intent behind the possession of such documents might prove to be problematic.

    Refusing to answer questions asked by law enforcement personnel does not meet the definition of obstruction. Remember; no matter what anyone says, one always has the right to keep one’s mouth shut. If subpoenaed as a witness and ordered to testify, one can claim the Fifth Amendment against self incrimination.

    Paladin

  16. James W Crawford Says:

    Given this precedent, I am amazed that the FBI is not investigating and vigorously prosecuting the Gaston Oregon chapter of The Knights of Pythius for the unlicensed and therefore illegal marijunna grow operated by one of the members. The boot leg pot plantation was financed primarily by a member who comitted bank fraud to secure a lease on the grow site. This bootlegger attempted to intimidate his landlord by shooting at the landlord’s children with a 12 gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot or slugs. Multiple Pythians invested in the grow or committed perjury to prevent the landlord (me) from evicting their miserable asses.

    Since the Knights of Pythius is a national organization, the Feds should file a RICO case against the leadership.

  17. freebird Says:

    Much of the case continues to be sealed

    There’s a fucking shocker…..

    You will just have to trust us on this one…

    I’m not dropping the soap in the shower

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