Indiana - ~Suspected motorcycle gang member's trial rescheduled~
The trial for the last remaining suspect of a multistate motorcycle gang accused of making and dealing methamphetamine will be rescheduled.
Timothy "Beefy" Bartruff, of Kouts, was scheduled to go on trial Monday. However, according to a filing with the U.S. District Court in Hammond, that date has now been vacated and another date will be scheduled. No reason for the change was given.
Bartruff was one of about 30 people accused last summer of various charges of dealing meth as part of the Invaders Motorcycle Gang.
People were arrested in Lake and Porter counties and Missouri and Colorado. Everyone facing the most serious charges has pleaded guilty.
Meanwhile elsewhere in Missouri....
BY: Robert Patrick
Missouri - ST. LOUIS - A member of a Midwest "outlaw" biker gang pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges, admitting involvement in a conspiracy that brought thousands of pounds of marijuana to the St. Louis area.
Edward "Special Ed" Boroughf, 39, pleaded guilty to two firearms charges and a charge of conspiracy to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of pot.
Boroughf, who was or is the local president of the Invaders Motorcycle Club, admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy with some fellow members and others dating back to 1994. They brought between 3,000 and 5,000 kilos of pot from Texas and Arizona to St. Louis and St. Louis County, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Rogers said in court.
Boroughf was one of 15 men indicted on drug charges in January. Others linked to the Invaders were indicted in federal court in Indiana last year in an alleged methamphetamine conspiracy.
The Invaders were founded in Gary, Ind., in 1965, and have chapters in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado.
There was no mention of murder in Boroughf's plea hearing Thursday, but federal and local investigators suspect some Invaders members of involvement in the killings of three men, according to court documents and investigators' reports.
The mutilated remains of Randy Greenman, 39, and George Whitter, 36, were found weeks after they disappeared from a bar in south St. Louis County, on Aug. 30, 2007.
No motive has been made public, and the two were not believed to be members, although the Drug Enforcement Administration has said that Greenman headed a marijuana distribution cell for the organization.
A DEA agent's affidavit also accuses two Invaders members of the 2007 presumed murder of fellow gang member Alan Henry Little, 61, of St. Louis County. Investigators theorized that Little's killers thought he was cooperating with authorities.
After the hearing, Boroughf lawyer Richard Sindel said that Boroughf was not involved with any of the murders