April 8, 2021 — Massachusetts biker boss Bruce (Monster) Sartwell will be spending the next two years in federal prison. Sartwell, 48, is a high-ranking member of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club at the national level. He runs the club’s New England affairs from his chapter headquarters in Brockton, a working-class town located just outside Boston. Monster himself lives in nearby East Bridgewater.
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper sentenced Monster Sartwell, a repeat felong, to 27 months behind bars and three years of supervised release. Sporting a mohawk hairdo and tattooed from head to toe, Sartwell pleaded guilty to weapons charges in the summer of 2020.
On October 19, 2019, Homeland Security officers at JFK International Airport in New York City intercepted a package sent to Sartwell from China containing a silencer. A subsequent search of his residence found an unregistered AR-15 with the serial number removed, a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition for assault rifles (specifically of the AR-15 variety) and 20 hunting knives.
Delivery logs at the JFK Airport terminal where the package was red-flagged show more than 60 prior packages being transported from Asia to Sartwell between 2018 and 2019. The delivery pattern coincides with rising tensions between The Outlaws and their arch-rival, the Hells Angels. The two clubs, along with The Pagan’s MC, are in a war for control of East Coast biker turf. The Outlaws are in the middle of an aggressive expansion into New England, opening five new chapters in the region in the past two years, three in Massachusetts alone.
Monster Sartwell’s Brockton chapter of the club has been The Outlaws home office in the Boston area for the last two decades. Sartwell owns Pins & Needles tattoo parlor in downtown Brockton. His arrest record dates back to 1987.