Nine Oklahomans with ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club could face life in prison after federal prosecutors filed a 53-count indictment alleging a six-year scheme to manufacture and sell methamphetamine.
The indictment alleges the defendants conspired to produce and sell at least 500 grams of the drug from January 1997 to April.
The charges center on Virgil Earl Nelson, Oklahoma Outlaws Motorcycle Club vice president.
Nelson, 48, was named in 19 of the indictment's 53 counts.
He is accused of conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute methamphetamine, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of intimidating and threatening two people to stop them from talking to authorities.
Nelson's wife, Dawn Marie Nelson, 45, also was named in the conspiracy. The rest of the defendants are Charles Shannon North Jr., 33; Abbey Rene Childress, 25; Kenneth Eugene Bowie, 50; Brenda Lou Bowie, 44; Thomas Harold Delana Jr., 45; Katie D. Greene, 24; and Greg D. Hope, 24.
The conspiracy count calls for a maximum life sentence and $4 million fine. The fine could double to $8 million for each defendant because each has at least one prior drug conviction.
Kenneth and Brenda Bowie are scheduled to appear in Oklahoma City federal court today at 1 p.m. to enter their pleas to the charges.Archive ID: 1497262