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Feds say Bikers Charged with Racketeering were Violent Elite

Megan Lynch
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – They’re accused of robbery, kidnapping, murder and drug dealing.

Investigators tell KMOX News members of a motorcycle gang arrested on federal charges are the some of the most violent men in St. Louis and across the country.

These weren’t just any bikers.  The head of the FBI in St. Louis says the “Wheels of Soul” members named in a federal indictment are what’s called “One-percenters” — a badge of honor in outlaw gangs.

“That’s primarly because of what they’ve had to do to prove themselves as members of that group and primarily to prove yourself you have to engage in acts of violence,” explains Special Agent in Charge Dennis Baker.

Baker says officials believe they’ve taken out the senior members of the St. Louis and national organization, effectively dismantling the gang here.

The US Attorney’s office says the investigation started in St. Louis and spread to seven other cities, including the group’s national organization.

US Attorney Rich Callahan says their revenues came from drug dealing, specifically crack cocaine, “and with any serious drug trafficking organization, there’s enforcement, there’s terror, you have to inspire fear and respect in rival gangs and drug dealing groups.”

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