Motorcycle gang members face murder, drug charges

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The Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 1:30 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Eighteen members of a motorcycle gang known as Wheels of Soul face a federal indictment on charges ranging from racketeering to kidnapping to murder, including for fatal shootings in three different states.

The indictment handed up June 9 was unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. It wasn't immediately clear if any of the defendants had attorneys.

The defendants are from seven states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

The indictment alleges Wheels of Soul is governed by the "Mother Chapter" in Philadelphia. The gang is accused of distributing crack cocaine and committing acts of violence, often against rival gangs.

The indictment also accuses gang members in fatal shootings in St. Louis in 2009, in Chicago in January and in Marion, Ohio, in March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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