In what has been described by Southern District U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett as the largest federal organized crime prosecution in Indianapolis history, 42 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Indianapolis have been indicted on various offenses including extortion and drug charges.
Hogsett announced the arrests of the described gang members Wednesday afternoon.
More than 300 federal, state and local law enforcement officers simultaneously converged on more than a dozen locations in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning, resulting in the execution of 42 arrest warrants and 17 search warrants.
The U.S. Attorney’s office described the Outlaws Motorcycle Club as an international criminal organization that allegedly operated out of a clubhouse on the east side of Indianapolis.
The charging document alleges that members of the club engaged in organized criminal activity and across the state since May 2009. The 42 arrested are charged with racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, and other charges. The members are accused of using violence and the threat of force to collect personal debts and allegedly operated an illegal lottery scheme in Indianapolis that trafficked thousands of dollars a day.
According to Senior Litigation Counsel Bradley A. Blackington, who is prosecuting for the government, the defendants face up to decades in prison and substantial fines if found guilty.