Devils Diciples RICO Indictment

July 13, 2012

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The Eastern District of Michigan unsealed a massive, dense, 38 count, 83 page racketeering indictment against the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club this morning and arrested at least 41 people in Michigan and Alabama.

The document indentifies 24 unnamed persons who are differentiated with the letters “A” through “X.” A cursory examination of the indictment indicates that various members of the motorcycle club including National President Jeff Garvin Smith and National Vice President Paul Anthony Darrah have been the subject of extensive electronic surveillance since at least July 2007.

It is a shock and awe indictment that lists hundreds of alleged overt criminal acts including the 1993 murder of a man named Charles Isler, his burial, disinterment and reburial and several drug deals from the 1990s. The indictment also alleges that “On or about April 28, 2003, DDMC members Person N, Person S and others cleaned up the DDMC Tucson Chapter clubhouse and attemoted to dispose of evidence related to the kidnapping, robbery, assault and attempted murder of Person H, Person J, Person L and Person W and the kidnapping, robbery, assault and extortion of Person V.”

The Devils Diciples indictment is the second RICO indictment against a motorcycle club unsealed this week. Members of the American Outlaws Association in Indiana were indicted for racketeering two days ago.

Where Did This Come From

The case began with the indictment of Devils Diciple Scott William “Scotty Z” Sutherland in March 2011. Sutherland was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. A superseding indictment in May 2011 charged Ronald Raymond “Rockin’ Ronnie” Roberts with the same crime. Today’s superseding indictment added 39 names. The case is now called United States of America v. Sutherland et al.

The complete list of defendants includes: Scott William “Scotty Z” Sutherland; Ronald Raymond “Rockin’ Ronnie” Roberts, David Thomas “Detroit Dave” Roberts, Patrick Michael “Magoo” McKeoun, Jeff Garvin “Fat Dog” Smith, Paul Anthony “Pauli” Darrah, Cary Dale “Gun Control” Vandiver, Vincent John “Holiday” Witort, Michael William “Iron Mike” Mastromatteo, Vernon Nelson “Vern”Rich, John Renny “”Bear” Riede, Victor Carlos Castano, Gary Lee Nelson, Michael Kenneth “Tatu” Rich, Raymond Charles “Romeo” Melioli, Timothy Paul “Space” Downs, David Randy “D” Drozdowski, Smiley “SA” Villa, Dean Edward “Jesus” Jakiel, Tony Wayne “Trouble” Kitchens, Sylvester Gerard “Sly Dog” Wesaw, Ronald Nick “Polar Bear” Preletz, Howard Joseph “44” Quant, Scott Thomas “Scotty P” Perkins, Clifford Chansel Rhodes, II, David Roy “Reverend” Delong, Christopher Raymond “Damien” Cook, Michael John “Utica Mike” Palazzola, Danny Russell “Thumbs” Burby, Jr., Ronald Leon “Crow” Lambert, Jason Joseph “Cookie” Cook, Edward Allen “Big Ed” Taylor, Salvatore “Bando” Battaglia, William Scott “Buckwheat” Lonsby, Wayne Russell Werth, Lauri Ann Ledford, Jennifer Lee Cicola, Dean Anthony Tagliavia, Alexis Catherine May, Paula Mileha Friscioni and John Charles Scudder.”

Blah, Blah, Blah

Most of accusations that date from 2007 and beyond allege that the motorcycle club sold drugs, committed assaults and owned slot machines.

An FBI press release (here) states:

“For years, according to the indictment, the Devils Diciples have spread fear in cities throughout Michigan and around the country,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.( Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division) “This violent criminal enterprise allegedly profits from drug trafficking and illegal gambling and uses intimidation and violence to silence its adversaries and maintain control over its members. Today’s arrests of the Devils Diciples’ top leaders and 39 of the gang’s members and associates are an important step in our efforts to dismantle violent criminal enterprises across the country.”

“Removing violent criminal organizations from our community is essential to attaining the quality of life we expect and deserve,” said U.S. Attorney McQuade. (U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade for the Eastern District of Michigan.) “Federal law enforcement is using all legal tools available to prosecute violent criminal enterprises like this one.”

“Today’s law enforcement action takes violence off the streets,” said FBI Acting Assistant Director Valerie Parlave. “The FBI appreciates the strong law enforcement partnerships leading to this activity and will continue its commitment to state and local communities to address this violent, and often brutal, criminal threat across the U.S.”

 

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16 Responses to “Devils Diciples RICO Indictment”

  1. Nick Collenanglo Says:

    We was framed!!

  2. scotty z Says:

    Let me tell you first hand, the Fed’s will take a hand full of shit throwing it against a wall and see what sticks! I was proven inocent by a jury, the first person to ever defeat A RICO CONSPIRACY in the history of the eastern district, that shows they stacked the deck, I feel for all my brothers, they will get back on appeal,mark my words!!!! God bless them all stay strong

  3. kennny Says:

    Pauly is a good dude he is my grandmas boyfriends son and has always stood up for me no matter how stupid I was as a youngin. He has always been a good guy and always will be… Love you bro!

  4. kenny dunn Says:

    Pauly is a good dude he was my grandmas boyfriends son and has looked out for me since I was young. He is not a thug and would stick up for anyone who deserves a chance. I lov you paully and hope you are okay bro!!!!

  5. Screwdriver Says:

    TigGirl
    NUFF SAID….
    MLH&R
    Philip
    aka Screwdriver

  6. TigGirl Says:

    So, I gave up after page 51 of the DDMC indictment…did the slot machine ever get fixed?

    Seriously, every person in this life should read that indictment, or any similar indictment against another club. You will quickly realize how the feds will pasteurize & reprocess snippets of everyday life into the most glorious turd of fabricated reality ever created.

  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear Swampy,

    Brady disclosure is always one of the first motions filed in any biker case in federal court. Brady, essentially, says if the prosecution knows a defendant is innocent it must disclose evidence of that innocence to the defense. Federal prosecutors generally make a cruel game out of it.

    Rebel

  8. swampy Says:

    Rebel, thanks for your explanation of “allegations” being protected in a federal courtroom. That sounds like a “stacked deck” against any defendant.

    BigV’s mention of “Prosecutorial Immunity” in the case of Connick v. Thompson led me to Brady v. Maryland. I found the last paragraph especially interesting with the “Brady Cops” and concerning paid CIs. I know, I know….it’s only Wikipedia. With the highest regards and respect,
    swampy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_v._Maryland

  9. Out of the loop Says:

    This is the exact same play they ran against the Highwaymen out of Detroit. They had a bust, turned a couple guys, and sat back and watched. Some of those listed are no longer members of the 44. Some of them have long since patched in with other clubs. Some of those listed weren’t actual patchholders. What a clusterfuck. I hope this shit get’s settled quick and easy for them.

  10. Philo Says:

    I knew it wasn’t over after the last bust. At least one of the guys they rounded up this time has been out of the club for a couple years, so they’re digging back pretty far. This is going to be a bad one for them me thinks.

    ~Philo

  11. things that make you go hmm Says:

    I WAS ON THEIR NATIONAL WEBSITE AND THEY HAVE A VIDEO WITH A COUNTRY WESTERN SONG DEDICATED TO THERE CLUB,GREAT SONG FUCKING EGGS BACON, I LOVE IT CHECK IT OUT YALL. MUCH RESPECT TO THEIR MC I WISH THEM NOTHING BUT THE BEST ,AND FREEDOM TO THIER LOCKDOWNED BROTHERS THE SEEM LIKE GOOD OL BOYS RITE ON DEVILS DICIPLES MC GREAT SONG AND VIDEO…. HEY REBEL POST UP THEIR VIDEO WITH THERE CLUB SONG IM IT PLAYING AGAIN AND IM GONNA DRINK A ICE COLD CORONA 32 OUNCE AKA A CAQUAMAA.I SURE DO LOVE A LITTLE XANEX AND BEER JUST WAHT THE DOCTOR ORDERED ,YEAH HE DID. STAY FREE AND IN THE WIND THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMM.AND PS FUCK GANGLAND THATS ENTRAPMENT TV.COM.

  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear anon,

    No, the feds’ allegation is protected speech. In the first place, an anonymous grand jury made the allegation. The federal prosecutor just wrote it for them. Secondly, in general, you can say anything in a federal courtroom and as long as the judge or magistrate does not hold you in contempt there are no legal consequences. All official speech in a courtroom is protected from defamation. Defamation is the legal category. Slander is defamation by utterance. Libel is defamation in writing.

    Rebel

  13. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Again, why are my tax bucks going to fund an attack on people who have done nothing to me, because they wear a patch and ride bikes?

    YYZ Skinhead

  14. neverwaz Says:

    Would the “unnamed persons A thru X” be “un-indicted coconspirators” – or in other words various friends and associates the persecution intends to pressure into becoming State witnesses?

  15. BigV Says:

    Prosecutorial Immunity. The Supreme Court just strengthened it in Connick v. Thompson, applies to civil acts and apparently criminal if you look at how prosecutors behave.

  16. anon Says:

    “This violent criminal enterprise allegedly profits from drug trafficking and illegal gambling and uses intimidation and violence to silence its adversaries and maintain control over its members.”

    Does that mean it’s a statement of fact that DDMC is a “violent criminal enterprise.” Doesn’t that need to be proven? This statement clearly states as fact that DDMC is a “violent criminal enterprise” but merely alleges that it “profits from drug trafficking and illegal gambling and uses intimidation and violence to silence its adversaries and maintain control over its members.”

    Shyster or those in the know, any chance of a potential defamation, libel, or slander case here?

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