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3 p.m. update:
The FBI served 42 arrest warrants and 17 search warrants in a raid of motorcycle club chapters in Indiana that included Fort Wayne.
The Outlaws Motorcycle Club was the target of the raids.
In a 2:30 p.m. news conference held by US Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett, 42 warrants for individuals throughout Indiana were served Wednesday morning in addition to 17 search warrants. Of the 42 individuals sought by the FBI, 41 have been taken into custody peacefully. Two of the 42 individual warrants served were for Outlaws in Fort Wayne. Hogsett says all warrants issued were performed without incident or injury.
Seized in the raids were 35 guns including assault rifles, $14,000 in cash, drugs including a kilogram of cocaine, cars and 12 motorcycles.
In the 70 page indictment filed by the US Attorney’s Office, the defendants are charged with 37 different counts including racketeering, money laundering, violence, extortion, mail and wire fraud, witness tampering and gambling.
Hogsett says the Outlaws are like any other sophisticated business except that they are comprised of “a volatile mixture” of drugs, guns and violence. Hogsett went on to say “that business has closed for good.”
As part of a statewide sweep, the FBI raided the Fort Wayne clubhouse of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club early Wednesday morning, seizing evidence and making arrests.
Witnesses report seeing FBI agents and Allen County SWAT dressed in camouflage entering the clubhouse and surrounding it, weapons pulled and with dogs at their side. Multiple witnesses also report the use of a flash bang outside the front door before entering. Throughout the morning, masked agents carried out boxes of evidence into a large, white FBI truck.
A source involved in the raid tells Indiana’s NewsCenter that anything with the name “Outlaws” was removed from the building. The source also tells Indiana’s NewsCenter that a man known as the “Enforcer” was arrested as part of the raid.
United States Attorney Jospeh Hogsett released a statement saying, in part, that Wednesday morning’s raids around Indiana were an organized crime takedown. He calls it a historic operation involving more than 300 federal and local law enforcement representatives and called it the largest federal bust of alleged gang activity in Indianapolis history.
The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, according to their website, began in 1935 in McCook, Illinois. The website says the club has 109 chapters in 24 states. In Indiana, the club claims to have chapters in Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis and Northwest Indiana.
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