Members of Tennessee motorcycle club accused of racketeering

Fifteen people, all of whom are members or known associates of a nationwide motorcycle gang, were indicted Thursday o...

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 8:23 AM
Updated: Jan 19, 2018 8:23 AM

Fifteen people, all of whom are members or known associates of a nationwide motorcycle gang, were indicted Thursday on charges that included allegations of murder and racketeering, officials said.

Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced the 54-count indictment and subsequent arrests of 14 associates of the Mongols motorcycle club.

Members of the Clarksville chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club are indicted

Charges stem for alleged racketeering conspiracy

The Clarksville-area Mongols are accused of committing various violent crimes, including assault, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, money laundering and large-scale drug trafficking.

The organization identifies itself as an "outlaw" motorcycle gang, the US attorney's office said in a statement. According to the club's website, most chapters are based in California, but since its establishment in 1969, it has expanded to 17 other states, including Tennessee.

Most of the people arrested were local to the Clarksville area, though three are from areas in neighboring Kentucky.

One of the members remains at large.

"The place we're at today is a culmination of almost three years of work," David Boling, a US attorney spokesperson, told CNN.

Local, state and federal law agencies contributed to the arrests, the statement said.

"We look forward to prosecuting these individuals and holding them accountable," Boling said.

The national Mongols motorcycle club organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The indictment alleges the chapter was heavily involved in the transportation and distribution of methamphetamines and narcotics, according to the statement. The members are alleged to have transported a total of at least 50 pounds of methamphetamine to Tennessee and Kentucky from California. In addition, the US attorney's office alleges the members acquired and sold Oxymorphone, a powerful opioid and Schedule II substance.

In addition to the drug charges, the members of the club are accused of violence against other local motorcycle organizations. The Mongol members allegedly set a fire that destroyed another motorcycle club's clubhouse in 2015, and allegedly shot someone for wearing clothing from another motorcycle club in 2016.

If convicted, two defendants face up to 20 years in prison, while the others face up to life in prison.

Boling said that this indictment is the first in a larger effort by the US attorney's office.

"By no means is the investigation over," Boling said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 3927

Reported Deaths: 148
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah104058
Marion90525
Washington69017
Clackamas29010
Deschutes1190
Linn1169
Umatilla1113
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill657
Jackson570
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Jefferson250
Douglas250
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Curry60
Union60
Crook50
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 69°
Corvallis
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 66°
Roseburg
Few Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 74°
North Bend
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 63°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events