The US Department of Justice held a major press conference in Detroit yesterday to announce indictments, arrests, and searches related to multi-year investigations of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The news release issued by the federal authorities included the Fort Wayne Police Department and the South Bend Police Department among those police agencies which assisted in the investigations.
-- Norman Box Jr., aka "Stormin' Norman"
-- David Dorris, aka "Hoggs"
-- Danny Neance, aka "Milky"
-- Ramon Rios
-- Bruce Wendel, aka "Big Bruce"
-- William Elston, aka "Jason"
-- Robert Castillo, aka "Big Rob" and "Mexican Rob"
-- Michael Radke
-- William Guinn, aka "Slick"
-- Mark Guerra, aka "Skid Mark"
-- Kenneth Creslaw, aka "KC"
-- William Thomas McCowan, aka "Tom the Bomb"; and
-- Kim Galaviz, aka "Moe"
Zachary Gorchow of the Detroit Free Press reported on yesterday's press conference in Detroit:
Federal authorities said Wednesday that the indictment of 16 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club from Michigan and Indiana struck a major blow to the organization's criminal activity, which they said includes selling drugs and using violence.
With nicknames such as Tom the Bomb, the men, according to the 18-count indictment, sold cocaine and methamphetamine, trafficked in firearms and assaulted members of the rival Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
The indictment -- and the arrests of 11 of those charged -- busts up a gang that authorities say had chapters in Detroit, Wyandotte, Bay City, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne, Ind.
"If you're engaged in organized gang activity, we're going to come after you," said U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who attended a news conference in Detroit to announce the indictment.
It also is the latest blow struck by law enforcement against the Outlaws, considered an international criminal organization by the U.S. government.