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Thursday, 13 March 2008

Highwaymen Motorcycle Club and the Four metro Detroit police officers

Four metro Detroit police officers and a member of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges stemming from a four-year FBI investigation into drug trafficking and other crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit.More than 40 members of the Highwaymen, which officials say is an organized crime group, and their associates were indicted last year following the investigation.The defendants have been asked to appear today in court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Marion said they are not a flight risk because of their family and community connections.David Tomlan, a Garden City police officer who has since been fired, was charged with lying to agents about conversations with a member of the Highwaymen who was involved in a shooting. He also was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and steroids, which were found during a search of his home.The Garden City department notified the FBI after learning that Tomlan had become a member of the Highwaymen, the U.S. Attorney's Office statement said.Brownstown Township Officer Michael Ramsey and former Detroit reserve officer Dennis Abraham were indicted on charges of lying to agents and a grand jury.
Hamtramck Officer Randell Hutchinson was indicted on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to distribute steroids.Hutchinson, who was formerly part of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force, was accused of disclosing the existence of a federal wiretap on a member of the Highwaymen.Highwaymen member Sean Donovan, who is incarcerated on stolen property charges, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Vicodin.In addition, charges have been filed against metro Detroit attorney Lee O'Brien. He's accused of lying to agents about a stolen car he received from Donovan, the statement said.Ramsey and Hutchinson remained in their positions Wednesday, although Marion said the affected police chiefs were told of the indictments.

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