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Former Motorcycle Gang Leader Sentenced

Former Motorcycle Gang Leader Sentenced

Release Date: 12/30/2004

Former Motorcycle Gang Leader Sentenced TOLEDO, Ohio Dec 20, 2004 — The former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang was sentenced to life in prison Monday for heading a violent drug ring that sold cocaine, marijuana and LSD throughout the Midwest. James "Frank" Wheeler, 62, was among 12 leading members of the Outlaws convicted on federal charges that include racketeering and conspiracy to distribute drugs. He is already serving 16 1/2 years in prison for racketeering and other crimes in Florida. Prosecutors said the Outlaws distributed cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and LSD through a network of its clubs. In 1999, Wheeler took control and oversaw the operation in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma, threatening and assaulting rivals to protect the territory. The Outlaws are one of the nation's four largest motorcycle gangs, along with the Hells Angels, Pagans and Bandidos. The Outlaws have chapters in 20 states, Europe, Canada and Australia.

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