Twenty-three defendants were arrested this morning in Georgia, Florida and Texas in what is intended to look like another federal attack on the American Outlaws Association. Twenty-one of the men are members of either the Outlaws, the Southern Knights, the Black Pistons, or the Hoodlums Motorcycle Clubs.
Brian D. Lamkin, the Special Agent in Charge or the FBI Atlanta Field Office announced that, “Today’s arrests of the numerous members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and those of several of its affiliate clubs represents the unified efforts of our region’s law enforcement in addressing a serious and very structured crime problem. The Outlaw Motorcycle Club, its affiliate clubs, and its membership are not above nor beyond the law and today’s arrests, the culmination of a two-year intensive investigation, should serve as clear evidence of that.”
And Sally Quillian Yates, the happy woman in the photo above and the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said, “All but two of the defendants charged in this investigation have direct ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Club or other motorcycle clubs that are affiliated with and controlled by the Outlaws. The charges unsealed today allege that these motorcycle club members engaged in substantial drug trafficking and weapons offenses. This case is a big step forward in making sure that these groups don’t threaten the safety of our North Georgia communities.”
Obstructing Undercover Investigation
Three of the men arrested today are charged in a criminal complaint with obstructing a criminal investigation. Those men are Larry “Mack” McDaniel who is the Regional President of Outlaws chapters in Georgia and Alabama, Sean King, an Outlaw from Gordon, Georgia and Howard Brown who is the Georgia President of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club.
Allegedly, the three men told others that they believed a member of the Georgia Black Pistons was a paid confidential informant working for the FBI. Allegedly, that is a crime because the three men were right. King and Brown were released on bail today. McDaniel is still locked up and will remain so until he can appear at a detention hearing.
The defendants are named in six separate indictments and one criminal complaint. It remains unclear why the case was cobbled together from so many court actions when, as the U.S. Attorney in Georgia stated, all of this investigation was intended to get Outlaws. The case will be tried in Florida.
The accusations look desperately thin and, although the FBI issued only one press release and all the defendants were arraigned as part of the same legal action, there are seven separate cases.
Phillip “Skullfucker” Alexander, was probably arrested on account of his colorful road name but he is actually charged with aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Walt “Black Piston Walt” Verrill, Benny Leverett, Howard Haney and Dan “Hoodlum Dan” Redding are also all charged with aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute it. Haney is not a member of any motorcycle club.
Renyol Castrojon and Tony Parrott and Howard Haney conspired to possess methamphetamine Larry “Duke” Samples, Darren “Panhead” Lloyd, George “Hammer” Jordon, Wilfred “Outlaw Bubba” Turner, Dennis Riley, James Brown, Davey Honeycutt, Brandon Musser, Thomas “Preacher” Coley and Phillip Honeycutt were charged with conspiring to possess cocaine. The government alleges that some of these men were carrying guns while they conspired.
George Norwood and Raymond Sellers are accused of making a black powder pipe bomb at the request of an “undercover agent.”
In addition to McDaniel, Alexander, Verrill, Leverett, Redding, Castrojon, Norwood, Sellers, Samples, Lloyd, Jordon, Turner, Riley, Parrott, Haney, Musser, Coley and both Honeycutts are being held without bail. Bond hearings are scheduled for August 21 and 23.
Assistant United States Attorneys William L. McKinnon, Jr. and Sally Molloy will prosecute the cases.