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Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club : outlaw motorbike club

The Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club (DDMC) is an outlaw motorcycle club that was founded in Fontana, California in 1967. With DDMC outlaw carries a specific meaning which does not imply criminal intent, but this club is not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and does not adhere to the AMA's rules. The club originally had twelve members. Their insignia is a motorcycle wheel with two tridents crossing over it. In the United States, the club has chapters in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. There are also chapters in Cumbria and Manchester in England. The English chapters are known as the Devil's Disciples and have a different insignia. The headquarters of the club are in Clinton Charter Township, Michigan, Port Huron, Michigan, and Detroit and there are around 150 full-patched members in the club.

Since 1995, a number of members of the club have been accused or convicted of selling or manufacturing illegal substances. In November 2006, the U.S. District Court in Detroit closed its first major meth case with the sentencing of two Devils Diciples members and five associates in connection to manufacturing methamphetamine.

In an investigation into the club began in 2002, prosecutors have recently requested dropping the last remaining charges against the club's national president, Jeff "Fat Dog" Garvin Smith, "to avoid compromising an ongoing investigation and because the interests of justice require it." Charges against 17 other club members or associates had been dropped in April. These charges included drug trafficking and other offenses, brought when 18 alleged members of the Devils Diciples were arrested on April 2, 2009 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During the raid, 42 firearms, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, three bullet-proof vests, $12,000, 15 casino-style slot machines, 1,000 Vicodin and OxyContin pills, 1 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of marijuana were seized. The remaining charges Smith was to be tried for were being "a violent felon in possession of body armor" as well as "using a communications facility (a telephone) in furtherance of drug trafficking".

New Baltimore, Michigan District Court Judge Paul Cassidy was investigated in April 2009 for allegedly giving Devils Diciples members preferential treatment. He is a boyhood friend of their National President Jeff Garvin Smith. Cassidy announced his retirement after his home and office were searched as part of the investigation of the Devils Diciples. Duane Chapman was also a member of this group.

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