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Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Indianapolis Vigilantes Motorcycle Club Member

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Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Indianapolis Vigilantes Motorcycle Club Member

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana
July 31, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS—Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Stephen Davis, Jr., age 59, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker following his guilty plea to charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Indianapolis area. Davis also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“This prosecution serves as further notice that it doesn’t matter whether you drive a sports car or ride a motorcycle, who your friends are, or how powerful you may think your gang is,” Hogsett said. “Federal law enforcement will not tolerate organized criminal activity on Hoosier streets.”

Davis was a member of the Vigilantes Motorcycle Club in Indianapolis and acted as a distributor for a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in Central Indiana. In the course of this investigation, it was discovered that this criminal organization had extensive ties to other motorcycle clubs operating throughout Indiana.

Davis admitted to receiving large quantities of methamphetamine from a member of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club in Indianapolis. Court records also indicate that the primary methamphetamine customer for Davis was a member of the Diablos Motorcycle Club in Terre Haute named Michael Pitts. Pitts has also been found guilty and was sentenced to 192 months (16 years) in prison on July 24 for his role in the operation. All told, Davis admitted to distributing one pound of methamphetamine per week from March 2011 through August 4, 2011.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force in Indianapolis. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, who prosecuted the case for the government, Davis was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following his prison term, which will subject him to random searches by probation officers and restrict him from affiliating with members of motorcycle clubs.

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