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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Michigan

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For Immediate Release

November 4, 2013

Barbara L. McQuade, United States Attorney

Contact: Gina Balaya
(313) 226-9758
www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html

Nine Members of Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Indicted

Nine members of a violent, armed, outlaw motorcycle gang were indicted and five arrested today, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Joining in the announcement were Acting Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Special Agent in Charge Paul M. Abbate, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The nine individuals are members of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, which is headquartered in northwest Detroit and has chapters throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. According to court records, the club and its members are allegedly involved in a range of criminal activity including murder and attempted murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, the possession and sale of stolen motor vehicles and motorcycles, and witness intimidation.

United States Attorney McQuade stated, "This case is the result of our Detroit One partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime in Detroit. Dismantling groups that are responsible for violence can help restore public safety to our neighborhoods."

Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office, stated, "Countering violent crime, particularly that which is associated with organized criminal groups, remains a top priority for the FBI Detroit Division. We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners, at every level–local, state, and federal–to combat violent criminal enterprises that act with indifference toward the law and the safety of our communities."

"ATF’s primary mission is to protect America’s neighborhoods from violent crime," said acting Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary. "Organized street gangs jeopardize the safety of many communities. Targeting violent gang offenders remains a high priority for ATF. The partnership and coordination between Federal, State and local agencies and federal and state prosecutors gives law enforcement the tools to target the violent, dangerous offenders that threaten the safety of communities," McCrary said. "I want to commend the outstanding collaboration of our CVRP and Detroit One partners."

The indictment charged the following individuals:

  • Antonio Johnson, 39, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, use and carry of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of firearms;
  • Marvin Nicholson, 45, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, use and carry of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence, assault of federal officers, and felon in possession of firearms;
  • Raynard Brown, 37, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence;
  • Christopher Odum, 28, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering;
  • Roger Valdez, 28, of Pontiac, Mich., charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence;
  • Brian Sorrell, 27, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence;
  • Brian Jackson, 46, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.
    Two additional individuals, known at this time only by their club nicknames, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

The arrests were made as part of the Detroit One Initiative, a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community to reduce homicide and other violent crime in Detroit, and through the lead efforts of the CVRP (Comprehensive Violence Reduction Partnership) Task Force, which consists of representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Detroit Police Department; Michigan State Police; Michigan Department of Corrections; and the FBI.

The case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.

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