Outlaw Arrests in Philly

February 18, 2013

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An undercover investigation of members of the American Outlaws Association in Philadelphia has been slowly unfolding for about a month. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Philadelphia Organized Crime/Labor Racketeering Squad and there may be other shoes yet to drop.

Van Smith of the Baltimore City Paper broke this developing story February 12. You can read Smith’s original coverage here.

At least two men have been arrested in the case. Ronald L. Sells, the President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Outlaws, is charged with selling at least a kilo and a half of methamphetamine to an unnamed FBI Confidential Human Source. Michael James Privett, a patched member of the club, is charged with “collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means.”

The confidential source was a probationary member of the club.

Crank Deal

Using methods that remain secret the unnamed informant convinced Sells to sell him the large amount of drugs. However Sells was enticed, he told the informant that he wanted the deal to be kept secret from both his wife and his motorcycle club. The informant took possession of the methamphetamine at Sell’s home in Churchville, Maryland on January 17. The two men and two other Outlaws identified only as “Coop” and “Rob” then drove to the Outlaws clubhouse on Somerset Street in Philadelphia.

According to an affadvit by an FBI agent named Kathleen A O’Hanlon, Sells then warned the informant, “This shit can’t be in the clubhouse. If the bosses find out, I’m gonna be dead and so are you…We need money. We gotta get with your guy and move this stuff.” According to the FBI, the snitch told Sells he had a buyer for the drugs in New York

The informant left his motorcycle and a motorcycle trailer as collateral at the clubhouse and left to report the drug sales to his FBI handler.

Twelve days later the snitch called Sells and promised to pay him if Sells agreed to meet in person. Sells was arrested on January 31 when he came to get his money and he has been in custody since.

Collection

The same day the snitch began receiving dunning phone calls from a man the FBI says was Privett. In the narrative the FBI weaves the money for the drug deal was Privett’s. In the first phone call, the man identified by the snitch as Privett said “come up with my money.”

Later that day the same caller left a message that explained, “You can believe one thing. You can fuck with me all you want to, but motherfucker trust me. Your whole family is in danger. Fuck you.”

That evening the caller told the snitch the address of his ex-wife and daughter and added, “I’ll have the address for your son’s house in Florida this week. I got the tag numbers. I got your bike. I got your trailer. I want my money. Your whole family is going to be in danger if not. You need to pick up the fucking phone. You’re supposed to meet (Sells) today. Now he’s not answering the phone either. As far a I’m concerned, both you all in the same boat.”

Privett was arrested the next day.

For the time being, this seems to conclude this investigation but numerous details of the FBI probe including its duration and the number of snitches it employed remain secret.

 

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22 Responses to “Outlaw Arrests in Philly”

  1. Skinyviny Says:

    I have all the respect in the world for the philly outlaw chapter off of frankford ave. They took a warzone and made it clean and safe especially for the shutins that were to afraid to come out. I moved across the street from that clubhouse and i feel safe and secure. The people see how those patriots keep thier block clean and want to do the same. Thank you outlaws mc philly

  2. Skinyviny Says:

    All i can say before the outlaws got to phila the area on where the clubhouse sits was drug infested and dumpy. Now clean respected and i just want to say thankyou for bringing dignity and being safe back

  3. Curly Says:

    Too many Snitches.. Need to weed through prospects better. Like if a dude did 2 years when codefendants did 10 for an armed bank robbery ask for court records…Just saying. Big Vinny Philthy Phillly needs a background check.

  4. Hose-a 1% Says:

    @ Paladin,There is no doubt this could be benificial for our way of life.There is a piece of shit pig that has appeared and reappeared in several Fed cases on both coasts.This would definatly nip that in the bud.Or at least cause them to think twice before choosing to live there lives in such a low life occupation.Who’s a rat is a step in the right direction.I.M.O.getting the clubs to agree to work together would be an uphill battle…….
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C. retired F.T.F.

  5. Paladin Says:

    Regarding ex-members that are “out in bad standing”; These ex-members could also be added to this hypothetical registry. They have obviously commited a transgression that is so egregious that they’ve been turned out by their former club. Other MCs should be aware of these ex-members.

    Disgruntled ex-members look for ways to get even. The recent problems in FL may or may not be a result of this. Ex-members that are “out bad” are easy prey for the Feds and can be easily turned against their former club, or recruited to work against other clubs. If the MCs started sharing information, alot of these potential problems could be eliminated.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  6. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    @Paladin and gentlemen,

    I have time. I can’t do anything about the money or “MC teamwork” part. But I have time and should such an endeavor be possible I will be happy to donate what I can to make it happen. It’s a great idea.

  7. Jim666 Says:

    Sounds like a good idea as long as law enforcement isnt involved,
    I mean shit theres a sex offender registry why not a snitch registry ?

  8. Paladin Says:

    @Hose-a 1%er,

    There is no telling what the Feds will or won’t do, in any given situation. However, I think to do nothing about this problem is to continue to invite disaster. The only way the Feds can play their entrapment game, is to get someone on the inside.

    As I’ve said previously, the fact that there would be a national registry, would be a powerfull deterent to those that could be bought with a few pieces of silver. Knowing that their picture would be posted coast to coast, might even deter the likes of Dobyns&Company.

    I realize that what I’ve suggested wouldn’t be easy. It would take time, money, and it would require the MCs to work together. Unfortunately, I think to do otherwise, is to continue to invite disasters like the incredibly costly fiasco that’s taking place in SC.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  9. Hose-a 1%er Says:

    I.M.O. this all sounds well and good,but the alphabet dudes would find away to make this some kind of R.I.C.O.Just a thought.
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C. retired F.T.F.

  10. rollinnorth Says:

    Sieg,
    Thanks for the info about that site. I haven’t used, and agree it’s there to make somebody some money. “Ain’t that America…”

    Paladin,
    I wish we could get a clearing house like that going. Lots of hurdles, lots of time, but not impossible. When you consider that club business is club business (who is out in bad standing, for example), sharing info can be difficult. As you say, there is also the issue of keeping LEO away from any collection of info. We shall see. In the meantime, observing the old ways, like quality not quantity, keeping your mouth shut, etc. can only help.

    Respect.

  11. Paladin Says:

    @Sieg & rollinnorth,

    This type of registery would have to be an “off the grid” endeavor. It would also require the MCs to cooperate with each other and share info.

    Maybe, a clearing house could be set up that’s funded by each state’s CoC. Then, for a monthly or yearly fee, MCs could subscribe to the service.

    The fact that this registry would NOT be on the internet and would only be password accessible to legitimate clubs, would make it a powerful screening tool.

    Once an offender is verified as a snitch or UC, his or her picture could then be posted in biker friendly establishments as a BOLO, which would at the very least cause said offender to leave town.

    Information is a powerfull tool. The Feds use it against the MC community all the time. Maybe it’s time for the MC community to take a page from the Feds play book.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  12. Sieg Says:

    Palladin, that registry would be a worthy endovour, and I would happily volunteer any service I could do towards the foundation and maintenance of it.

    Rollinnorth, whosarat is, well, I’m ambivilent about it. I’ve used it here and there to put information out, and I’ve heard some praise it, some call it a honeypot, I don’t know. I do know that it’s primary purpose is to enrich it’s owners, and we need something more accessible to all than that.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    5 to 1
    SYLO

  13. Jim666 Says:

    Good luck to those involved in this B/S case as well as All the others out there still to come, as this govt. bullshit entrapment scams are far from over,sad to say but Im still waiting to see the girscouts, boy scouts ,and church camps charged w/ rico
    The Government fears freedom and will seek to imprison anyone that declares to be free.

  14. Elizabeth(babyred) Says:

    IF I MAY SAY.THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME A CROCK OF SHIT. FORGIVE MY LANGUAGE.THIS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STOP AND LOOK UP WHAT THE DEFINITIONS OF ORGANIZE AND A GANG IS!!CAUSE IF THEY WANT TO CHARGE YOU OR I FOR BEING IN A CLUB OR ASCOATIED WITH ANOTHER CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES THEY NEED TO CHARGE THEIR SELF FOR THE SAME THING CAUSE THE CONGRESS AND FBI, THE ATF, OR ANY OTHER STATE OFCAILS GOVERMENT AGENNYS CAUSE THERE ALSO ORGANIGZED TO.I WONDER IF YOU OR I AS CITIZENS COULD MAKE A CITIZEN ARREST ON ONE OF THEM THE STATE OFFICALS FOR GETTING TOGETHER FOR AN INNINCE GAME OF POKER..I KNOW WE ALL HAVE TO HAVE LAWS AND RULES TO OBIDE BY BUT COME ON GOVERMENT REALLY. MY FEEELING ON THE RICO ACT LAW NEEDS TO BE ERASED AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN WRITTEN. THANK YOU ELIZABETH(BABYRED)

  15. rollinnorth Says:

    Paladin.
    There is this:
    http://www.whosarat.com/

    Sadly, there will always be those who, when jammed up, will turn on anyone to “save” themselves.
    Time to get back to “quality, not quantity.”

    Respect

  16. IO Says:

    I would love to see some kind of study done where this question could be answered, if any family or grouping of people were watched this closely by the feds what percentage of these families and groupings of people studied would be guilty of criminal conspiracy, RICO, on going patterns of criminal activities?

    Do churches, fraternities, police, and just good old fashion big wholesome american families ever willfully participate in ongoing patterns of criminal activity or is it just MC’s and gangs?

    Once someone is labelled a criminal or part of a group that contains criminals, good luck.

  17. PigPen Says:

    If you listen to the interview, Ivan said it perfectly, nothing is going on at Club events, that is not going on down the street. I have been to plenty of civilian parties, that had the same thing going on that any Club party has going on.
    A couple of plates for the guests, that if you have any ethics, you know, you come to a party, you cover your plate, as the right thing to do. Many a BBQ’s I have come in with my own case of beer and thrown it into the community fridge, or if I didn’t have time to stop on the way, I made sure that the host of the party, got my donation for their hospitality. And this is for a kid’s birthday party, or Someone’s Club function.
    I have played plenty of poker hands at suburban dad’s houses, where the buy in to play was $50, $100 whatever, and I didn’t see the alphabet squad blowing the garage door off the hinges. But you wear some fabric on your back, and all of a sudden, you are running vegas in the basement of some house with tax evasion charges. It’s bullshit no matter how they want to spin it. The government officials, no matter if local, state or federal fear the unknown. And since Clubs are private and exclusive, they are very interested in what is going on behind the closed doors. Is there something going on back there we can tax or make some cut off?
    I have a Friend, who happens to be mason, and oddly enough, they have very very similar events at their local houses, but since alot of the masons are pork, for some reason, they seem to fly right under the radar. now, no offense at all to the masons, it is just interesting how some things go unseen, but others are red flagged in an instant.

  18. Paladin Says:

    I’d like to see the MCs establish a BOLO network for snitches and other outside entities that pose a threat to them.

    I wonder how many Feds and their snitches would be willing to go UC, if they new such a network existed. I bet very few, if any.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  19. Sieg Says:

    I’m gonna take a WAG that there are few, if any other charges coming outta this. If you read closely, you see that the Prez specifically states that “we can’t have this in the clubhouse”. Pretty much sez right there that it ain’t club bidness. Given that, I doubt they got a lot else.

    And to think, for these few lousy busts, the prospect gets to live the REST OF HIS FRKN LIFE watching over his shoulder for Charlie.

    Sucks to be you.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    5 to 1
    SYLO

  20. PigPen Says:

    Samurai.
    Only the man that left the “alledged” voicemail would be able to answer that. God knows what goes thru individuals heads when they feel wronged. That is why i hate RICO charges like i do. You cannot blanket the reaction of one man to a whole club. Every man is different in how reacts to his personal business. About the only thing most Men have in common, is that when poked, they will react. How dumb or smart that reaction is, is soley based on the indiciduals common sense and ability to control their emotions.

  21. Samurai Says:

    I realize i’ll probably catch holy hell for this and i don’t mean any disrespect i really don’t, but as far as the charges related to the debt collection goes, wouldn’t the number 1 rule be not to leave a voicemail, especially not one in your own voice

  22. Budweiser Says:

    Gorilla gets tossed from the Pagan’s then put away. Now there’s an Outlaw chapter in Philly. Interesting.

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