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FBI arrests 28 'motorcycle gang' members on gun, drug charges

Federal law enforcement agents recently arrested 28 men and women in Colorado and elsewhere on gun and drug charges. The government accuses the arrested people of being part of "outlaw motorcycle gangs" and dealing in drugs and illegal guns. Eight of the people were arrested in Colorado.

The arrests came in six waves, and were the result of a multi-year investigation, according to the Justice Department. All suspects are accused of being part of so-called motorcycle gangs with names such as the Bandido Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and Los Homeboys. Many of the arrests were the result of undercover agents allegedly purchasing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from defendants.

There are several gun crime charges included in the six criminal complaints. Undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said they also purchased automatic weapons, along with machine guns and rifles that had been altered so that bullets fired from them would be harder to trace. One man, 58, is accused of supplying guns, laser sights, smoke grenades and ammunition to one of the alleged gangs. Another man is charged with turning assault rifles into machine guns.

The suspects range in age from 24 to 61. Most of the accused were arrested in Texas, but the investigation also took place in Colorado. The Colorado defendants were charged with possessing methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to distribute. The charges have punishments that range from five years in prison to a life sentence, along with various fines.

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Feds arrest 28 in motorcycle gang crackdown," Mitch Mitchell, Sept. 28, 2011

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