Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Leroy (Black Region Roy) Frasier, who has looked after biker gang affairs in the states of Michigan and Indiana since the early 2000s, and several of his lieutenants were indicted for racketeering, weapons and narcotics offenses ten years ago this week on August 16, 2007. The 59-year old Frasier pled guilty to conspiracy charges and did two years in prison. He was released from federal custody in February 2011.

The combined rustbelt territory comprising Michigan and Indiana is known as the “Black Region” in Outlaws circles. Frasier began his career in biker politics as president of the club’s Bay City, Michigan chapter. He admitted to planning a coordinated attack on his Outlaws’ arch rivals, the Hells Angels, in the spring of 2006 at a South Bend, Indiana swap meet.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Outlaws international headquarters was located in Detroit. The 18-count 2007 bust resulted from three separate criminal investigations (Operation Detroit Mugger, Operation End Game & Operation Broken Spoke) and ensnared more than a dozen club members spanning six different chapters, four in Michigan (Bay City, Eastside Detroit, Westside Detroit, Downriver Detroit) and two in Indiana (Fort Wayne, Indianapolis).

Besides Frasier, the 2007 indictment nailed Indianapolis chapter president Dan (Milky) Neace, Ft. Wayne chapter president Bruce (Big Brucie) Wendel, Westside Detroit president Ramon (The Razor) Rios, Downriver Detroit president, William (Slick) Guinn, and Southeast Michigan regional chief, Michael (Radical Mike) Radke. They were all convicted and did time behind bars.

Following the incarceration of Harry (Taco) Bowman, the club’s beloved Motor City-based international president from 1984 until he was found guilty of murder and racketeering in 2001, the Outlaws moved its headquarters back to Illinois, the state in which the club was founded. Bowman was indicted out of Florida in August 1997 and went on the run for two years being hid in a succession of safe houses provided by his Outlaws brethren and his allies in Detroit’s powerful Italian mafia. The iconic 67-year old biker don is currently doing life in prison.


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