The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced 18 members of an outlaw motorcycle gang based in Philadelphia were arrested in seven states on an indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy.
According to a Department of Justice statement, the “Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” which operated out of Philadelphia, constituted an “enterprise” engaged in racketeering activity as defined by the federal RICO statute.
A total of 15 gang members were arrested in seven states on racketeering conspiracy while three others were arrested on separate charges involving firearms violations.
“Today’s nationwide take-down has disrupted and dismantled the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Outlaw Gang by targeting the senior leaders,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Dennis L. Baker said in a statement.
In addition to the conspiracy charge, some defendants are accused of violent acts, including murder and kidnapping, according to the Department of Justice.