More Charges, Arrests In Outlaws Case
Indictment names nine new suspects, including two members of the motorcycle club
(Left to Right) Lead prosecutor Brad Blackington, FBI Special Agent In Charge Bob Jones, and U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett (wibc.com photo: Ray Steele)
More arrests have been made and more charges filed as federal prosecutors try to take down a notorious motorcycle gang.
Nine more people have been charged in the case against the Outlaws biker club, including two gang members and seven associates of the club. Federal agents raided several places in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Ohio Thursday morning after indictments in the case were unsealed.
"These new arrests reflect our dedication to completely dismantle a criminal organization that has pumped a deadly mixture of drugs, violence and fraud into the Eastside particularly, but throughout this city," said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett at a news conference. Eight of the defendants were taken into custody, including Outlaws member Christian Miller, 40, of Sandusky, Ohio. A ninth suspect, also an Outlaws member, is still at large.
Lead federal prosecutor Brad Blackington says agents also raided two Indianapolis businesses where the indictment says some of the Outlaws criminal activity took place: Sidewinders Bar and Grill in Fountain Square and the Club Paradise strip club on English Avenue. Blackington says his office is now taking steps to try to shut down those businesses through forfeiture, much the same way federal authorities are in the midst of seizing the property of the Outlaws' clubhouse at Jefferson and New York Streets in Indianapolis.
In addition, new charges were added to the original indictment from July that resulted in several raids, including at the Outlaws' clubhouse, and the arrests of 42 of the club's members. "These new charges include allegations involving the use and sale of cocaine, organized drug trafficking, multiple robberies as well as various federal firearms offenses," said Hogsett.
The indictment alleges that Sidewinders and Club Paradise were fronts for an operation that trafficked cocaine from Mexico. "I feel very satisfied that we have and will continue whenever evidence is presented to completely dismantle the Outlaws motorcycle club," said Hogsett, who added that more charges are possible if new evidence is gathered by his prosecutors.
In addition to Miller, arrested on Thursday was Robert Roberts, 36, whom Blackington claimed was a supplier of cocaine. The owners of Sidewinders, Thomas Griffin, Sr., 60, and Thomas Griffin, Jr., 42, were arrested as was as a bouncer at the bar, Frank Jordan, 56. Also taken into custody in Indianapolis were Tommy Sims, 33, Abraham Flores, 38, and Robert Muehlhausen, 48.