The U.S. Attorney’s Office, through U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, issued a press release regarding a 54-Count Federal Indictment against twelve members and associates of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.
Per the Indictment, the Clarksville Chapter of the Mongols engaged in murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, witness tampering, money laundering, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and drug trafficking from California to Tennessee and Kentucky. Everyone named in the indictment was in custody except for one person -Stephen Cole aka “Lurch,” 36, of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Gangs that conspire to spread illegal drugs like methamphetamine and lethal opioids, extort legitimate businesses, and wage violence on our fellow Americans will be held accountable by the Department of Justice. Last year, we secured the convictions of more than 1,200 gang members, and, as this case makes clear, we are not slowing down. I want to thank the ATF and all of our incredible state, county, and local law enforcement partners who helped make today’s indictment possible, including the Clarksville and Owensboro Police Departments, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and four county sheriff’s offices. Today’s indictment is the next step in our efforts to dismantle gangs and stop the spread of deadly drugs and violent crime. -Jeff Sessions
Those indicted are:
- James Wesley Frazier aka “Slo-Mo” and “Special”
- Aelix Santiago aka “Goon,” “Big O,” and “Big Offit”
- Kyle Heade
- Joel Aldridge aka “Sleezy” and “Spoon”
- James Hines aka “Fester”
- Michael Forrester, Jr. aka “Stix”
- Jamie Hern aka “J-Roc,”
- Robert Humiston aka “Bric” aka “Brichands”
- Michael Myers aka “Yea Yea”
- Michael Levi West aka “Smurf” aka “Blue”
- Adrianna Frazier aka “Adrianna Miles”
- Derek Leighton Stanley with drug trafficking
- Timothy Grant, 31, of Clarksville and Dustin McCracken aka “D” were charged with the violation of the Hobbs Act
Crimes alleged under the indictment include:
- Using the club house in continuation of criminal activities.
- Kidnapping and Tazing an individual at a motel in Clarksville on April 20, 2015.
- Setting fire to and destroying the clubhouse of the Sin City Motorcycle Club in Clarksville on May 17, 2015.
- Kidnapping two individuals at gunpoint in the Clarksville area on May 22, 2015 and killing one individual by shooting the victim eight times, including once in the head.
- Updated- New reports indicate that James Wesley Frazier, Jacob Ort, Aelix Luis Santiago, Joel Aldridge and Michael Lee Forrester, kidnapped the two victims and killed one of the victims by shooting her eight times including once in the head at Bumpus Mills Cemetery. The victim who was not named in the indictment, has now been identified as Stephanie Bradley.
- Armed robbery of two individuals in the parking lot of a Clarksville apartment complex on July 3, 2015.
- Burglary of a home in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on July 4, 2015, pistol whipping the homeowner, theft, and holding the victim hostage at knife point.
- Transporting 50 lbs of meth from California to Tennessee and Kentucky.
- Delivering $300,000 in cash, the proceeds obtained from methamphetamine sales. The cash was delivered to a member of the Mongols California Harbor Chapter.
- On Jan. 9, 2016, in Clarksville, purchasing 80 to 90 pills containing Oxymorphone, a schedule II substance, in exchange for $3,000 to $3,500.
- On Jan. 16, 2016, in Clarksville, attempting to purchase 90 pills containing Oxymorphone, in exchange for $5,400. During this deal, Kyle Heade shot and wounded another individual, using a 9mm handgun.
- Kidnapping two individuals at a residence in Clarksville and holding them at gunpoint while they interrogated one of the victims and searched the residence for drug proceeds on Jan. 17, 2016.
- On April 24, 2016, three of the individuals charged were travelling from Oak Grove, Kentucky to Boone County, Missouri, where they were stopped by law enforcement for travelling in a stolen vehicle and in their possession was a Glock 9mm pistol with a 30 round magazine, a .40 caliber handgun; 113 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine; and other illegal controlled substances.
- On May 11, 2016, selling three grams of 96% pure methamphetamine.
- Attempted murder on July 14, 2016 by shooting the victim multiple times for wearing colors of another motorcycle club.
- From Oct. 26, 2016, through Nov. 9, 2016, kidnapping a woman from a hotel in Nashville to question her about the death of a member of the Mongols California Harbor Chapter.
This was a multi-task force operation on the state and federal level that lasted three years and more arrests are expected.
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