Tennessee Mongols Motorcycle Gang members accused of murder, kidnapping & more
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee members of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang have been indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges that include murder, attempted murders, and kidnapping.
In October, Dustin McCracken and former Ft. Campbell Soldier Kyle Heade and faced attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man outside a Clarksville restaurant. On Thursday, both name surfaced in a federal indictment against members of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang.
"They engaged in significant Violence that affected not only their members but the community at large and also trafficked in large quantities of methamphetamines and the opioids taken so many lives in Tennessee," said U.S Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.
Prosecutors say the California based gang established a Clarksville chapter.
"Some of the allegations date back to 2015 which "frankly began with a murder," said Assistant U.S. Attorney, Katy Risinger.
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The 54-count indictment charges 12 members and associates of the Clarksville Chapter of the Mongols. The indictment was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.
The allegations of criminal start in 2015 and include the following alleged actions;
-Kidnapping and assaulting an individual, using a firearm and a Taser, at a motel in Clarksville on April 20, 2015;
-Setting fire to and destroying the Sin City Motorcycle Clubhouse in Clarksville on May 17, 2015;
-Kidnapping two individuals at gunpoint in the Clarksville area on May 22, 2015, and transporting them to a cemetery in Bumpus Mills, Tenn., where one individual was murdered by shooting the victim at least 8 times, including once in the head;
-Robbing two individuals at gunpoint in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Clarksville on July 3, 2015;
-Breaking into a home in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on July 4, 2015, and pistol whipping the resident and stealing the resident’s belongings while holding the victim at knifepoint;
-On numerous occasions, travelling to California and transporting an aggregate total of at least 50 pounds of methamphetamine and bringing it back to Tennessee for distribution in Tennessee and Kentucky;
-Delivering an aggregate total of at least $300,000 in cash, the proceeds of methamphetamine sales, to a co-conspirator member of the Mongols California Harbor Chapter;
-On January 9, 2016, in Clarksville, purchasing 80-90 pills containing Oxymorphone, a schedule II substance, in exchange for $3,000-$3,500;
-On January 16, 2016, in Clarksville, attempting to purchase 90 pills containing Oxymorphone, in exchange for $5,400; during this deal, Kyle Heade shot and wounded another individual, using a 9mm handgun;
-Kidnapping two individuals at a residence in Clarksville and holding them at gunpoint while they interrogated one of the victims and searched the residence for drug proceeds on January 17, 2016;
-On April 24, 2016, three of the individuals charged were travelling from Oak Grove, Kentucky to Boone County, Missouri, where they were stopped by law enforcement for travelling in a stolen vehicle and found in possession of a Glock 9mm pistol with an extra 30 round magazine and a .40 caliber handgun; 113 grams of 100 percent pure methamphetamine; and varying amounts of other illegal controlled substances;
-On May 11, 2016, one of the individuals charged sold approximately 3 grams of 96 percent pure methamphetamine to another individual;
-Attempting to murder an individual on July 14, 2016, by shooting the victim multiple times for wearing clothing identifying himself as a member of another motorcycle club;
-From Oct. 26, 2016, through on or about Nov. 9, 2016, kidnapping a woman from a hotel in Nashville, and physically assaulting her and threatening her while interrogating her about the death of a co-conspirator member of the Mongols Harbor Chapter in California.
"This is a perfect example of what happens when agencies from the local state and federal government work together," said Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley. "This is huge for our community and Clarksville and safer for our citizens."
In all, prosecutors have charged 12 gang members and associates with racketeering and conspiracy and three others with a long list of federal crimes.
"Members and associates of the Mongols terrorize numerous individuals by kidnapping and assaulting them with deadly weapons, robbing them, destroying business by setting them on fire and attempting to murder two individuals by shooting them multiple times." Cochran said.
The individuals charged include:
- James Wesley Frazier, a/k/a “Slo-Mo,” a/k/a “Special,” 30, of Clarksville;
- Aelix Santiago, a/k/a “Goon,” a/k/a “Big O,” a/k/a “Big Offit,” 29, of Clarksville;
- Kyle Heade, 30, formerly of Fort Campbell, Kentucky;
- Joel Aldridge, a/k/a “Sleezy,” a/k/a “Spoon,” 36, of Clarksville;
- James Hines, a/k/a “Fester,” 42, of Clarksville;
- Michael Forrester, Jr., a/k/a “Stix,” 29, of Clarksville;
- Stephen Cole, a/k/a “Lurch,” 36, of Clarksville;
- Jamie Hern, a/k/a “J-Roc,” 38, of Clarksville;
- Robert Humiston, a/k/a “Bric,” a/k/a “Brichands,” 25, of Dover, Tennessee;
- Michael Myers, a/k/a “Yea Yea,” 33, of Oak Grove, Kentucky;
- Michael Levi West, a/k/a “Smurf,” a/k/a “Blue,” 35, of Clarksville; and
- Adrianna Frazier, a/k/a “Adrianna Miles,” 32, of Owensboro, Kentucky.
- Charged with large scale drug trafficking:
- Derek Leighton Stanley, 43, of Owensboro, Kentucky.
- Charged with offenses related to Hobbs Act Robbery:
- Timothy Grant, 31, of Clarksville, Tennessee;
- Dustin McCracken, a/k/a “D,” 28, of Clarksville.
Police arrested those indicted, except for Steven Cole, whose whereabouts are unknown.