Two Dawsonville men were among 23 people indicted last week as part of a two-year undercover FBI investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and its affiliates in Georgia.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Raymond Sellers, 65, of Dawsonville, was arraigned along with George Norwood, 48, of Cumming, on charges they conspired to make a bomb and give it to an undercover agent.
The indictment further alleges that Sellers "provided the undercover agent with a list of ingredients he would need to make the bomb."
The document states that on July 21, the undercover agent delivered "a quantity of sulphur, which was one of the ingredients that Sellers stated that he would need to construct the bomb," according to the press release.
In an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant for Sellers' home, Norwood claimed that Sellers "is capable of building a bomb strong enough to destroy a house," the release states.
Norwood is charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
A second Dawsonville man, 48-year-old James Robert McGlothlin, has been charged with providing a firearm to another individual with knowledge that the other individual was a convicted felon. He was released on bond.
In all, federal authorities have charged 23 people, most with ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and affiliate clubs in Georgia, with drug and gun offenses.
"All but two of the defendants charged in this investigation have direct ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Club or other motorcycle clubs that are affiliated with and controlled by the Outlaws," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
"The charges unsealed [Thursday] allege that these motorcycle club members engaged in substantial drug trafficking and weapons offenses. This case is a big step forward in making sure that these groups don't threaten the safety of our North Georgia communities."
FBI agents and local law enforcement officers taking part in the probe arrested 21 of these defendants on Thursday, while also executing seven search warrants at the Hoodlums Motorcycle Club headquarters on South Waterworks Road in Buford, the Outlaw clubhouse in Southwest Atlanta and several of the defendants' homes.
Four of the defendants are from Gainesville.
They are: Davey Honeycutt, 41, who has been charged with cocaine conspiracy and possession and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm; Brandon Musser, 27, cocaine conspiracy and possession; Reynol Castrejon, 21, conspiracy and possession counts relating to methamphetamine; Phillip Honeycutt, 46, cocaine conspiracy and possession.
Brian D. Lamkin, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said the arrests "represent the unified efforts of our region's law enforcement in addressing a serious and very structured crime problem."
The Forsyth County and White County sheriff's offices also helped in the investigation.
The motorcycle club, its affiliates and its membership "are not above nor beyond the law and today's arrests, the culmination of a two-year intensive investigation, should serve as clear evidence of that," Lamkin added
In an initial appearance hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan S. Cole in Gainesville, the government asked for the four Gainesville men, among others, to be held without bond.
Cole scheduled detention hearings for those defendants this week.
Six indictments charging 20 defendants and one criminal complaint charging three defendants were unsealed at the federal court in Gainesville.
Another defendant, arrested in Dallas, Texas, appeared in federal court there.
Agents continue to seek the whereabouts of two defendants.
The indictments charge crimes including methamphetamine and cocaine conspiracy and possession, using and carrying firearms during the commission of drug trafficking crimes, conspiracy to illegally make and transfer a destructive device, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.
The criminal complaint charges three defendants with obstructing the FBI undercover investigation.
Also charged are Larry McDaniel, 65, of Atlanta; Sean King, 40, of Gordon; Howard Brown, 63, of Milledgeville; Phillip Alexander, 49, of Buford; Walt Verrill, 48, of Sautee; Benny Leverett, 46, of Buford; Larry Samples, 42, of Hull; Darren Lloyd, 48, of Winterville; George Jordan, 45, of Hull; Winfred Turner, 61, of Watkinsville; Dennis Riley, 35, of Hull; James Brown, 41, of Danielsville; Tony Parrott, 45, of Ellijay; Howard Haney, 41, of Alpharetta; and Thomas Coley, 58, of Elberton.