Gang Presence in South Carolina

Gang Presence in South Carolina

There are 229 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jun 20, 2007, titled Gang Presence in South Carolina. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

For many South Carolinians, hearing that gangs are operating in their community sounds odd.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WLTX Columbia.


Sumter, SC

#41 Oct 30, 2008
Yeah we here and we aint 9oin9 nowhere, We aint the 5ame people you 5ee on T.V we're in every nei9hborhood, in every hou5e in every 5khool, it ju5t aint the poor, lower cla55 familie5 anymore we are everywhere low cla55, middle cla55, even hi9h cla55 5o dont think you kan avoid u5. when you 5ee red fla95 and hear redrum you Better duCK and hide Buz a kraB i5 Bout to die...
Bix-due5e Brim
Captains Log

Houston, TX

#42 Oct 30, 2008
lol at you sorry punkass 'gangstas'...

Leesville, SC

#43 Oct 30, 2008
Yeah we here and we aint 9oin9 nowhere, We aint the 5ame people you 5ee on T.V we're in every nei9hborhood, in every hou5e in every 5khool, it ju5t aint the poor, lower cla55 familie5 anymore we are everywhere low cla55, middle cla55, even hi9h cla55 5o dont think you kan avoid u5. when you 5ee red fla95 and hear redrum you Better duCK and hide Buz a kraB i5 Bout to die... IS just the low-life,poor punks in the gangs
Bix-due5e Brim
yo punk,get an education.

Sumter, SC

#44 Oct 30, 2008
Im doin9 that on your dime fella finan5ial ed i5 a mothafuCKa wit da ri9ht 9rade5 you kan end up at the USC with lol...
negro pleeze

Maxton, NC

#45 Oct 30, 2008
Bloodlife be a wannabe gangsta....Get yo ass to bed boy fo I have ta come in there and put a belt to yo lil azz !!

Since: Feb 07

New York, NY

#46 Nov 13, 2008
What the hell did you just say. You are a silly little MF. I feel sorry for your Mother (opps!!wait shes probally the same age as you)I want even bother asking about your Daddy, let me guess you never had one. Look you little S--- get your stuff together. You have so much to look foward to. Use Barack Obama as your example.
Red Dog

Erwin, NC

#47 Nov 13, 2008
Canaan wrote:
The stuff about poppin' and droppin' and flyin', etc, are descriptions of gang symbols, or tags as they are called when they are painted on something.
Gangs (including Nazi and Klan nuts) are always criminals and are a threat to the American way of life in the same way that any other terrorists are. I don't see why they should be treated any differently than al-Quaeda is treated.
God help your children if you don't educate yourself on this subject.
Don't for get the motorcycle gang bangers that have been around for a long time. The black & white motorcycle gang bangers. They are some of the biggest dope traffickers in SC. Most don't wear their colors offen trying to keep a low profile, especially the motorcycle gangs that have been around for awhile. But, if you see their "colors" or know where any of them live if you've seen them in their "colors", you need to call the cops! No one needs that kind of people in their neighborhood.

Erwin, NC

#48 Nov 15, 2008
Red Dog wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't for get the motorcycle gang bangers that have been around for a long time. The black & white motorcycle gang bangers. They are some of the biggest dope traffickers in SC. Most don't wear their colors of fen trying to keep a low profile, especially the motorcycle gangs that have been around for awhile. But, if you see their "colors" or know where any of them live if you've seen them in their "colors", you need to call the cops! No one needs that kind of people in their neighborhood.
You are absolutely right about that Red Dog, and wasn't the guy who started the Mongols named Red Dog? But the old time biker gangs like the Hells Angles, Outlaws, Mongols, Warlocks are getting smarter and smarter, keep very low profiles and doing a lot of internet ID theft and things like that. You rarely see one of them in their colors unless it's at one of their meets. They are still heavy into illegal drugs because of the hugh amounts of quick money in it and some of them are into child porn and all kind of sick things like that. If its illegal and makes money they are into it.


Since: Nov 07


#49 Nov 15, 2008
You haven't got a clue do you....


Since: Nov 07


#50 Nov 15, 2008
name ONE motorcycle club that has had a member arrested,tried and convicted of drug trafficking in the last ten you cannot do it.

Erwin, NC

#51 Nov 15, 2008
Friday, March 10, 2006
22 Motorcycle Club Members Arrested in Raids in 5 Counties
By Lance Pugmire and Amanda Covarrubias
March 10, 2006 in print edition B-1
More than 750 law enforcement officials conducted sweeps in five counties Thursday, aimed at breaking the back of the Vagos Motorcycle Club, an organization founded in the 1960s that authorities say is tied to dealing drugs and weapons.
Twenty-two people were arrested in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura counties, culminating a three-year investigation aimed at curtailing the operations of the Vagos organization.
The bust comes two years after another long-term investigation resulted in the arrests of 57 leaders from the Vagos’ archrivals, the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
Although the two biker gangs have their roots in California’s counterculture movement, law enforcement officials say both groups are actually sophisticated criminal enterprises with a large hand in the methamphetamine trade.
“Today is just the beginning,” said Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona.“The Hells Angels, the Vagos – they are not clubs. The reality is that they’re supporting [street] terrorism.”
Leaders of the Vagos have long denied having any ties to criminal activity. The Vagos website states that the group was formed as a “tight brotherhood to survive the wars between the rival clubs and the constant harassment of the police.”
The message goes on to say that “Vagos comes from the Spanish language meaning ‘traveling gypsy’ or ‘a streetwise person that’s always up to something.’” The club has about 300 members in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Mexico.
Authorities said the Vagos investigation was among the largest coordinated law enforcement probes ever conducted in the region. Those arrested include seven chapter presidents, one vice president, one secretary, one treasurer and seven sergeants-at-arms.
Officers said they seized 95 illegal firearms; various illegal drugs, including methamphetamine; $6,000 in cash; and two stolen motorcycles.
The crimes may later be incorporated into a federal racketeering case, officials said.
Last week, 10 people associated with the group – including the leader of the Northern California Vagos – pleaded guilty to possessing firearms and conspiracy to sell methamphetamine.
Motorcycle gang leader gets life
Former Outlaws chief Harry "Taco'' Bowman was convicted in April of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.
© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 28, 2001
After the 25-minute hearing, Bowman smiled to his lawyer, shook his hand and walked slowly out of the courtroom, with deputy U.S. marshals leading the way. Neither his family nor any Outlaws came for the sentencing.
U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. also ordered Bowman, leader of the Outlaws gang for 15 years, to pay $18,000 in restitution to the widow of one of the men he ordered killed. In April, a jury convicted Bowman of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder.

Erwin, NC

#52 Nov 15, 2008
Worked the task force in Florida, I know what these people are about:
Famous and infamous members
The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive #453, Harry Joseph Bowman, known World Leader of the AOA, in prison since 1999 for three murders, was the international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. During the time that Bowman was a fugitive in 1998, it had chapters in more than 30 cities in the United States and some 20 chapters in at least four other countries. Country music singer David Allan Coe is a former member of the Outlaws.

[edit] Recent incidents
On June 10, 1997, US Attorneys indicted 17 members of the Outlaws motorcycle club for racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and bombing. Members were from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana chapters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms completed a 2 ½ year investigation sparked by a war between the Outlaws and Hells Angels for control over areas of Chicago and Milwaukee.

On December 19, 2000, Kevin O'Neill, president of the Wisconsin / Stateline Outlaws chapter, received a sentence of life in prison after being convicted on racketeering charges.

On May 31, 2001, Edward Anastas, one-time president of the Milwaukee chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle club, was arrested after being named in a sealed indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy, cocaine conspiracy, and participating in a bombing.

On March 14, 2003, Thomas Sienkowski, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle club, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for racketeering.

On August 8, 2006, four Outlaws members were wounded, three seriously, in an ambush in Custer State Park, South Dakota among bikers gathered for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally[citation needed]. A woman acquaintance was also wounded. Two men arrested and charged with attempted murder were said to be Canadian members of the Hells Angels. A statement posted on the Outlaws' web site had announced Outlaws members would attend Sturgis but not make any "display of power," and claimed that they had given prior notice to federal law enforcement of their intention to sightsee and enjoy the rally.

Erwin, NC

#53 Nov 15, 2008
Frank Rego Vital of Roberta, Georgia, an Outlaws MC member, was shot and killed in an early morning gunfight June 24, 2007 in the parking lot of The Crazy Horse Saloon strip club in Forest Park, Georgia by two members of the Renegades MC in what has been described as a self-defense shooting after Vital and other Outlaws members followed the men from the club. Both Renegade members were shot several times but survived.[3]

On June 27, 2006 Christopher Legere of Raymond, New Hampshire, an Outlaws member, was arrested in the murder of a man who was wearing a Hells Angels shirt [4]. The victim, John Denoncourt, 32, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was shot and killed outside the 3-Cousins Pizza and Lounge in Manchester on Sunday June 25, 2006 after he was spotted hugging the bartender, who was Legere's girlfriend. Denoncourt, according to friends and family, was not a Hells Angel member himself but had friends who were. Legere had been involved in another incident in Connecticut in early 2006 when he was charged with illegal possession of body armor by a convicted felon, telling police that "tensions were high" between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws at the time and that members from outside of the state were brought in to protect Marty Warren, who claimed to be the East Coast representative for the Outlaws.

On July 31, 2007 the FBI raided Brockton, Massachusetts outlaws[citation needed]. The Taunton, Massachusetts Club house was raided, but due to immunity of the Brockton club house nothing happened. Many people were arrested, including Joseph Noe, former Taunton chapter of the Outlaws.

On the morning of August 16, 2007, Federal agents along with the Daytona Beach SWAT Team raided the Outlaws clubhouse on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Florida[citation needed] looking for drugs, weapons, contraband, paraphinalia, etc.; they tore the Daytona Beach Clubhouse apart for the better part of the day and found nothing, but removed as many of the club's pictures and any other possibly identifying information as they could find. Federal agents also raided a site in Ormond Beach and two others around the state. The search of the Jacksonville clubhouses netted federal agents 60 weapons including pocket and kitchen knives. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced a Detroit grand jury indictment of 16 of the Outlaws National Club's members[citation needed]. The Detroit grand jury indictment included various charges, including assault and drug distribution. Eleven Outlaws leaders and high-ranking members of the gang were arrested after a five-year investigation. The FBI said several gang members were charged with conspiracy to commit assault on members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Indiana.

August 2007. Bikers from the South Warwickshire chapter of Outlaws shot dead Gerry Tobin from the London chapter of Hell's Angels.[5]

On March 5, 2008, fighting broke out at a motorcycle meeting in Germany, between Outlaws and Hells Angels members. Arrests were made.

On March 10, 2008, a racial conflict broke out between the Outlaws and a group of African-Americans.[citation needed]

On July 30, 2008, several facilities associated with the Outlaws in the Chicago area were raided by agents from the FBI and the ATF.[6] The FBI brought in a SWAT team and an urban assault vehicle to the clubhouse in the west side of the city in case violence were to break out.[7]

[edit] References
^ 1000 cc engine capacity, according to the History Channel series Gangland
^ Aoa - Outlaws Mc World **********
^ Resaca biker jailed after fatal shooting
^ - New Hampshire news, business and sports - Arrest made in murder; victim's friend says hug from gang member's girlfriend triggered deadly confrontation - Wedn...
^ FBI, ATF Agents Execute Search Warrant At West Side Club
^ FBI, ATF raid several locations in bombing investigation

Erwin, NC

#54 Nov 15, 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Warlocks Motorcycle Gang discovery of a life-size, bullet-riddled target of a police officer found
Posted by Reporters in Labels: Mexico to Philadelphia in porcelain dolls

Warlocks Motorcycle Gang were the main recipients of lots of meth cooked up in two labs in Berks and Montgomery Counties. The labs produced over 500 pounds of meth, worth millions of dollars.They had the firepower, they had the drugs and they generated plenty of cash. State investigators say when it came to producing home grown methamphetamine in our region, this was a big time operation."Spadafora allegedly produced more than $9 million worth of methamphetamine," said Attorney General Thomas Corbett.Agents say 42-year-old Michael Spadafora and three others ran the show, cooking meth in the kitchen and basement of Spadafora's half-million dollar Reading home, a shed and a shipping container. After each meth cook, they say Spadafora put liquid meth in pipes and buried it underground until he needed more. Some of his best customers were right here in our area."We believe Mr. Spadaforas's meth was distributed across southeast Pennsylvania and was even being supplied to members of the Warlocks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang," said Corbett.The Warlocks have long been linked to meth. Recently, state investigators took down 13 members of the notorious biker gang for dealing the drug. Then Warlocks president Thomas Zaroff was arrested and his garage raided. Just two weeks ago, Corbett's agents broke up a multi-million dollar operation that was shipping crystal meth from Mexico to Philadelphia in porcelain dolls."Definitely what it tells me, there is a problem here in southeastern Pennsylvania with methamphetamine," said Corbett.Corbett says most disturbing was the discovery of this life-size, bullet-riddled target of a police officer found in a suspect's home. "Somebody's learning how to hone in with their weapon and where are they shooting, they're shooting into the heart of a police officer. We have a huge problem in this state, this country with a lack of respect for law enforcement," said Corbett.Agents made undercover purchases of meth from this ring. They seized 68 guns, including half a dozen assault rifles and handguns with silencers. The meth labs were dismantled. Corbett says with the high demand for meth in this area, there's no doubt someone try to take fill the void left by these arrests.

Erwin, NC

#55 Nov 15, 2008
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Outlaw motorcycle gangs have been in existence since the late 1940's. Their criminal activities include but are not limited to the distribution of illegal drugs, possession and illegal sale of firearms, motor vehicle theft, especially of motorcycles, and assorted crimes of violence. There are at least five gangs active in America; the Pagans, the Breed, the Warlocks, the Wheels of Soul and the Ghetto Riders. The origin of these gangs is rooted in their philosophy of always having a good time, with little or no regard for the law. The groups are bound together through the principle of loyalty toward the organization and fellow members. An example of this camaraderie is apparent in the following excerpt taken from the credo of one of the gangs, a philosophy shared by all of them:
Look at your brother standing next to you and ask yourself if you would give him half of what you have in your pocket or half of what you have to eat. If a citizen hits your brother, will you be on him without asking why? There is no why. Your brother isn't always right but he is always your brother. It's one in all and all in one. If you don't think this way, then walk away. Because you are a citizen and you don't belong to us.
Structurally, outlaw motorcycle gangs are comprised of local chapters and a "Mother Club," which supervises the local chapters. Each local chapter has a Mother Club advisor who, in effect, exercises direct supervision over the membership. The Mother Club advisor is largely responsible for appointing members to the various positions of responsibility in the gang. As the overseer, the Mother Club establishes and enforces policy for the organization, schedules, mandatory trips or "runs," and has final authority over club matters.
During the late 1960's, the widespread societal use of illegal drugs, as well as a general disdain for authority and established institutions, provided a climate in which outlaw motorcycle gangs thrived. Initially, they were perceived by law enforcement only as participants in the growing drug subculture. When demand for amphetamine was high, law enforcement initially did not recognize its potential threat and outlaw motorcycle gangs took advantage of the situation. They had, in fact, achieved a position of relative prominence in the distribution of amphetamine. Today, the outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in New Jersey continue to engage in drug trafficking, especially of amphetamine. However, this illegal market is not as lucrative as it once was. As law enforcement directed some of its resources toward the amphetamine market, gangs soon became targets and numerous prosecutions were brought against key members. In New Jersey and other states, several successful racketeering prosecutions have caused a noticeable decline in gang membership and in overt activity. As a result, members are less ostentatious in exhibiting their gang affiliation and are maintaining a lower profile to avoid identification by law enforcement authorities. The primary way in which members demonstrate their allegiance to a particular gang is by displaying their "colours" while travelling by motorcycle on major roadways. Colours are the official uniform of all outlaw motorcycle gangs. Typically, colours consist of a sleeveless denim or leather jacket which bears an "official" patch or insignia on the back and an assortment of patches and pins attached to other areas of the vest. Considered by members as sacred, the colours are worn exclusively by male members and, in fact, are gang property. In the past, a set of colours would contain the member's rank, his nickname and other designations which may identify his involvement in drugs, sexual exploits, or simply bear the initials of an anti-social statement.

Erwin, NC

#56 Nov 15, 2008
Violence by outlaw motorcycle gangs is usually limited to turf wars and intergang rivalries. A recent example involved the December, 1988, kidnapping and vicious assault by three Warlocks on the president of the Trenton/Bucks County chapter of the Breed. Reportedly, this was in retaliation for an earlier assault by several Breed members on a Warlock member in Pennsylvania.
One characteristic of outlaw motorcycle gangs is their use of wives and girlfriends in gang activities, such as transporting illegal weapons or other contraband. They also use these women to gather information that may be useful to the gang. For example, there have been numerous incidents in which such persons held jobs in municipal, county, state or federal agencies from which they could access documents such as driver licenses, registrations, birth certificates and court records. Females affiliated with an outlaw motorcycle gang are also expected to engage in illegal activities, such as welfare fraud, to support club members. Many also work in cash generating professions such as go-go dancing or topless dancing.
Gang members have little regard for their women as human beings. Often referred to as "Old Lady, Mama, or Sheep," females are considered subservient and are expected to cater to the whims of the membership. While a women known as an "Old Lady" is the wife or girlfriend of a member (and is spoken for), "Mamas" or "Sheep" are available to all members, usually for sexual exploitation.

Erwin, NC

#57 Nov 15, 2008
Aside from recognized involvement in tattoo parlours, auto body shops and related motor vehicle businesses, the outlaw bikers' interest in other legitimate areas seems limited. Perhaps this is because of their overall antisocial philosophy, which does not lend itself to conventional enterprise.
Due to the recent successful interdiction efforts by law enforcement, coupled with the diminished demand for amphetamine, outlaw motorcycle gangs are generally considered an organized crime force in decline. However, if these groups are able to adapt to the new conditions facing them, they may once again become a force within the narcotics marketplace. It has been suggested that one way they could accomplish this would be through the production and distribution of the new amphetamine derivative, "ice." This drug, which is extremely addictive, has become popular in fast-paced environments on the West Coast and is expected to make its way east. Unfortunately, the Atlantic City casino environment represents an already established market for "ice." And since the outlaw motorcycle gangs have established themselves as a dominant force in the manufacture and distribution of amphetamine, the transition to producing and distributing "ice" would be feasible.
The most prolific and fastest growing outlaw motorcycle gang in New Jersey, the Breed's origins go back to the mid-1960's. Significant recruitment activity occurred in 1983 when attempts were made to absorb members of the Aces and Eights Motorcycle Club based in Riverside, New Jersey. Almost simultaneous with this effort was the assimilation of members of the Branded Motorcycle Club into the Breed. More recently, during 1986-1987, the Breed reportedly was negotiating to merge with the Bandana Motorcycle Club, with the Breed retaining organizational control. The Breed, with a membership of about 60, has three chapters in New Jersey – the Jersey Chapter, which is the founding or "Mother" chapter, operating out of Middlesex County, the South Jersey Chapter operating out of Riverside in Burlington County, and the Trenton-Bucks Chapter operating in the state capital and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
There is a growing concern that Breed members in the Trenton-Bucks Chapter are exerting considerable influence in the drug market. Authorities estimate a local presence of 30 members or significant associates and indicate that this group has a substantial distribution network in place. The location and range of activities of this chapter suggests that state boundaries mean little in defining this organization's jurisdiction. All indications are that this chapter operates freely between the two states.
Similar to other outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Breed is adopting a lower public profile. Observations in the Mercer County area support their presence there, but more conventional behaviour, dress and mode of transportation make them less noticeable.
The Breed uses violence to settle disputes and enforce policy. Instances of intergang rivalry have been well documented, particularly with the Pagans. In 1987 and more recently in 1989, gang members were involved in incidents of assault and kidnapping to settle disputes or to retaliate for acts of violence against fellow members. A case in point involved a Breed member wearing his colours in the Philadelphia area, which is considered Pagan turf. After repeated warnings, the Pagans viciously assaulted the Breed member and confiscated his colours. Arrangements were made to negotiate a settlement to this dispute. However, two Breed members were arrested and charged with weapons offences during the prearranged meeting. Reportedly, the two were present and armed to protect the chapter president, who was handling negotiations.

Erwin, NC

#58 Nov 15, 2008
Operating in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the Pagans' overall membership has been estimated at between 300 and 400. Within New Jersey, estimates range from 40 to 60 active members in chapters in Atlantic County, Elizabeth and Plainfield.
As a group, the Pagans' illegal activities usually involve narcotics (amphetamines) and chop shops. Individually, members and associates often engage in a variety of other illegal conduct such as assault, weapon possession, sex crimes and fraud. The latter activities are done for the individual's benefit and not the group. Generally, profits from illegal activities sanctioned by the Mother Club require a 10% "contribution" from the local chapter.
The Pagans have a following of associates who, for various reasons, elect not to seek membership. Often, the relationship between the member and associate has its basis in a mutually beneficial venture, usually of an illicit nature. A case in point was the association between Roland Kownacki of Atlantic City and the Pagans. Kownacki, a convicted drug dealer, served the Pagans' purposes as a "chemist" or "cooker" in the production of amphetamine. Other examples of symbiotic relationships can readily be found in the activities typically associated with outlaw biker groups, including chop shops, bars, tattoo parlours, narcotics distribution and firearms trafficking.
There is also evidence that the Pagans have maintained a working relationship with the LCN. Prior to the decline of the Scarfo organization, there were instances of both cooperation and conflict between the two groups, most notably in the area of narcotics. Cooperation existed as a result of the Scarfo group's access to P2P, a necessary chemical precursor in the production of amphetamine. However, conflict surfaced when members of Scarfo's crew robbed Kownacki, who was part owner of a jewellery store, of gold and cash. In retaliation, the Pagans apparently aligned themselves with an outcast faction of the then-warring Scarfo mob. Such alliances and conflicts appear to be a thing of the past. With changes occurring in both groups and the absence of a mutually beneficial illegal activity, there does not appear to be a need or desire for this association to continue.
During the latter part of the past decade, the Pagans experienced a decline in demand for amphetamine, as cocaine became society's drug of choice. There has also been an increase in successful prosecutions against key group members. In January, 1989, 29 members and associates were indicted under the federal racketeering statute. Among those charged in the indictment were national president Daniel (Dirty Dan) Delp of Ohio, national vice-president Kenneth Blain (Bad Hand) McMillion of West Virginia, Mother Club member Thomas (T.C.) Cusak of Philadelphia, and numerous high level members from various chapters. This extensive indictment came in the wake of the 1988 conviction of former national president Merle (Jackpot) King, national secretary Gary (Bizzy) Keith, and Mother Club member Kenneth David (Iceman) Murray. Twenty-eight defendants were either convicted or pleaded guilty.

Erwin, NC

#59 Nov 15, 2008
The Warlocks have maintained a presence in New Jersey since the early 1960's. Estimates of membership in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey area range from a low of 60 to a high of 136, and within New Jersey alone from 10 to 31. The Warlocks mother club is in Philadelphia and the group has chapters in southern New Jersey and Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Characteristic of most outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Warlocks are involved in narcotics distribution. They employ both the threat and the actual use of violence in maintaining their image and enforcing policy. Members of the Warlocks have been implicated in a number of unsolved homicides.
The Warlocks have been known to have ties to the LCN- influenced Roofers Union Local 30 in Atlantic City. However, considering the leadership changes which occurred following the murder of union boss John McCullough and the recent incarceration of his successor Steven Traitz, that organization exerts less influence in the area and, consequently, this association is less significant.

Unlike the other outlaw cycle gangs, the Wheels of Soul and the Ghetto Riders are comprised predominately of African-Americans, although the Wheels of Soul is considered a bi-racial group. This membership is somewhat uncharacteristic in that most other outlaw motorcycle gangs espouse a philosophy akin to neo-nazism and exclude non-whites from their ranks.
In the early 1970's, the Wheels of Soul was considered to be a social organization but it deteriorated to its current status of an outlaw club. At one time this group was active and maintained a clubhouse in the Atlantic City area. However, following raids by local authorities, the club dispersed and relocated in outlying areas of the county.
During its more active years in the late 1970's and 1980's, the Wheels of Soul had a combined membership of approximately 50, with chapters in Atlantic City, Atco, Freehold and a motor club in Philadelphia. However, in more recent years, the chapters have been reduced in this state to only one in South Jersey having about 10 members. Philadelphia continues to host the Mother Club, last reported to have approximately 50 members.
An offshoot of the Wheels of Soul, the Ghetto Riders was formed in the late 1970's and is headquartered in the City of Camden, where it maintains a clubhouse. Numbering approximately 30 members and 20 associates, the club operates primarily in the Camden County area.
Of the two organizations, it would appear that the Ghetto Riders are maintaining an active membership, whereas the Wheels of Soul seem to be in decline. Both continue, however, to be involved in traditional outlaw motorcycle gang criminal activities such as narcotics distribution and acts of violence.

Erwin, NC

#60 Nov 15, 2008
July 21, 2006
Police Nab Fuzzy, Chains, Scary Movie, Tommy Trash, Etc.

Attorney general Tom Corbett and Bucks County DA Diane Gibbons announced earlier today that law enforcement had arrested "as many as 15" (?) suspected members of a crystal meth ring operating in Bucks Co. and Philly. The operation was called "Breed on a Wire." (Slamming head against desk.) Huzzah for breaking up the meth ring, but the best part of the press release is the nicknames of some of the suspected Breed members, who operated it.
Corbett said the ongoing investigation, known as “Operation Breed on a Wire,” targeted a large scale distribution ring of crystal methamphetamine (meth) in Bucks and Philadelphia counties and New Jersey. Corbett said,“Today’s arrests are the result of a continuing investigation into the distribution of meth in southeastern Pennsylvania centering around outlaw motorcycle gangs. In today’s arrests we have not only taken down the main meth dealers in the region, but we have also arrested the leaders and key members of the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang.”

Corbett said the investigation began as an outgrowth of a meth investigation last year of the Warlock outlaw motorcycle gang that operated in Bucks and Philadelphia counties. Corbett said the investigation into the Breed began with an undercover purchase of meth in 2005. As the investigation progressed, court authorized telephone interceptions were used and the case was placed before a Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recommended that the attorney general file criminal charges. The Breed and Napoli Corbett said the grand jury identified the leaders of the meth distribution ring as John “Shameless” Kovacs of Jackson, New Jersey, the New Jersey Mother Club chapter president of the Breed and John “Junior” Napoli of Levittown, Bucks County, the president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Breed.

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