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41 Members of the Devils Diciples MC Indicted Hot

Members of the Devils Diciple motorcycle club were arrested in Alabama and Michigan on a variety of criminal charges.

Forty-one members of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club were officially charged on Friday as part of a federal indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan. According to the indictment, the gang allegedly profited from a laundry list of criminal activity including selling stolen merchandise, drug trafficking, gambling, robbery, and operating methamphetamine labs.

What Happened

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, thirty-one defendants were arrested on Friday in Michigan and Alabama and five were already in custody. Among those arrested are the group’s national President Jeff “Fat Dog” Smith and national Vice President Paul Darrah. The investigation also revealed that more than 60 firearms and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized. Additionally, eight methamphetamine manufacturing labs were dismantled throughout the investigation.

Of the 41 indicted, 18 members, including Smith and Darrah, are charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act due to their involvement with illegal enterprise. A federal law, RICO provides for extended criminal punishment for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. In the case of the Devil Diciples, their illegal enterprise included murder, robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice, and various other federal and state offenses.

“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. “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.”

The Indictment

Aside from providing a general overview of the group’s criminal activity, the indictment also details several specific incidents. The indictment alleges that in 2003, Vincent John Witort and several other Devils Diciples members robbed, kidnapped, and attempted to murder other members of the Arizona chapter for breaking club rules.

Federal officials also claim that in 2004, Smith had state and federal law enforcement material regarding motorcycle gangs in his possession. The material, which was labeled “For Official Use Only” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” consisted of police reports, search warrants, affidavits, indictments and transcripts of witness interviews.

According to the indictment, three separate assaults supposedly occurred from August 2008 to February 2009, two of which involved Smith. Most recently, the indictment alleges that in January 2012, David Randy Drozdowski and Smiley Villa assaulted an individual who they believed to be a member of a rival gang.

Devils Diciples MC

The Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club (DDMC) was founded in Fontana, California in 1967. The group is an outlaw motorcycle club, which means that it is not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. Consequently, outlaw motorcycle clubs do not abide by AMA rules, but rather have their own sets of bylaws and values.

The DDMC national headquarters is located in Clinton Charter Township, Michigan. The Devils Diciples also have chapters in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Ohio. There are believed to be 150 full-patched members of the club.

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0 # phoenix az family me 2012-07-29 13:16
this corrupt government has it all wrong , these are members of my family since 1988 all we have seen is that there national president fatdog did was make this a family oriented and law abiding group of people ,he has continuously tried to make sure that there was no drug involvement or any other criminal acts going on , he is a very good man i can not believe this is even happening to this man he has worked so hard to make sure everybody around him is doing the right thing . Tucson , things were going on that the natinal pres was not ok for what he had been trying to change , this club is ama , they are not a outlaw motorcycle club , the federal government is so very wrong about these men . the government would rathewr take down a club that is in a positive transition working to make a permanent change than take the clubs that will always be trash and do nothing but reek havic . the devils deciples are about helping there communitys and changing the way people look at motorcycle clubs . This group of men i have personally known my entire life and i have to say that i have been very priveledged to call them my brothers and my family . we love and miss you guys , your phoenix family members Raenell, Quanah ,and Raymee .
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+1 # Karen Williams 2012-10-16 14:56
These guys have been my other family since 1994 they took care of me when I need them to. Plus they were there for me when my own family wasn't. These guys are not the bad guys the news it trying to make them out to be. They are about respect and taking care of their families blood and patchet. I am thankful to this day what they did for me and still do for me. I love my Alabama family.
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+1 # ajibik 2012-09-03 06:04
More "False Flag" information. The "OMG" designation is nothing but a LEO invention because there is grant money available for criminalizing segments of the population. The effort to "Fight" OMGs basically lines the pockets of a few self-styled "gang experts" while whittling away at the US constitution bit by bit....and we not one bit safer.
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+2 # JOEY DEPRIEST 2012-12-02 23:29
Our society allows for all people to assemble as groups, organizations and clubs, be it Motorcycle clubs or church groups. I am not a patched member myself, not yet. It is something I plan to do in the future. I would like the media affairs/public relations role so I can do my part to help the American public see just what the overall club function really is. You see in America all clubs from Masons to the Roman Catholic Church have many common threads. The clubs or organizations exist typically to foster unity, promote like minded fraternal brotherhood and even familial bonds which by the definition of their name are necessary in modern society to offer those who have no family or those who lack a strong family a surrogate group to bond with. All people need this bond to truly thrive. Another commonality to every organization is crime and criminal acts. The Roman Catholic Church is a prime example of a wonderful group of people who can trace their roots back to the formation of Christianity itself. This is not a bad club, this is not a criminal organization, it has criminal ties though. The Catholic Church has members, even leaders MOLESTING INNOCENT CHILDREN, early in the history they slaughtered millions of innocent people who's beliefs challenged those of the church leadership, they have known and established ties to the Mob and yet we do not see the Feds using RICO or even the most basic existing laws to go after them criminally for the most horrific crimes like child rape or molestation. Yet the Feds have no issue with attacking, labeling, and persecuting bikers as a whole for the actions of the few in terms of its membership. My point is simple really, Motorcycle clubs are not unlike any other club, group, or organization. The majority of it's members are hard working, family men who are members of like minded people who happen to ride Motorcycles. And like the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, OR BOY SCOUTS, OR MASONS, there are always going to be a very small number of people in any club or group that break the law or who do bad things. It does not make the whole group bad. Our country "America" is nothing more than a very large club or organization, and the overwhelming majority of Americans are upstanding human beings, yet criminals, from crooked politicians, to zealous dirty cops exist within this group be it in equally small numbers just the same. We do not see people calling for the arrest, prosecution or demise of America either, except for the Muslim extremist who even Americans defend the right to exist. There are bad people in every group people. Bikers are not the root of all evil in America. But since the federal government has made a limp wet noodle out of the Mafia it would seem that now they need a new bad guy to justify their own groups right to exist. The fact of the matter is they are not good at doing their jobs. The demand for drugs, prostitution, and gambling far exceed the Feds ability to stop those responsible because they are widespread criminal solo entrepeneuers, and they are so spread out and underground that the FEDS rather than look bad and impotent find it easier to create the new bad guy, group scapegoat, bikers.

I encourage people to search for the truth, look at all of the attempts to subvert these clubs by the FEDS, as many times as they have infillitrated us they usually walk away with more money wasted investigating us than convictions as a result.

Do your homework and the truth will vindicate the falsehoods the Government would have you believe.

The reality is the very people trying to convince you that bikers are white trash criminals, are far more guilty of violating the constitution, breaking federal, state and local laws in the so called quest for justice, which is nothing more than a self-induldgent witch hunt, that labels a group more often than not because of what they wear, how they look, live and the core beliefs which include free thinking in place of programmed following because they themselves cant wrap their brains an idea so pure and true.

Biker clubs are more honest about who they are, what they stand for and how they live than most cops, politicians, and clergy.

The truth shall set you free. I encourage you all to dig deeper than the lies and stereotypes, find the truth. If you can judge us after that, and hold us in more contempt than the very system trying to crush us by breaking laws, and using false propaganda and entrapment to do so than fine thats your own ideology, but at least do the math. Remember in High School there were always books where someone else wrote there version of the answers to the problems, if you ever got a paper back after using those answers you should remember that most of those were traps and usually they were wrong.

Bikers are not bad guys, but there are bad guys that are bikers. Just like every other group, club, or organization. Period.
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