Six members of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, accused of engaging in violence, drug trafficking and other illegal activities, were convicted Thursday in Detroit federal court of racketeering conspiracy charges including one member who was tried in absentia after having a heart attack in the third week of trial. The verdict marked a major victory for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which took on an ambitious project by indicting more than 80 members and associates of the motorcycle gang. This was the first of potentially many trials to come in what has been regarded as one of the biggest indictments in the history of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.
Enrique Amaya of Pontiac, Mich., will spend the rest of his life in prison for orchestrating the violent murder of Joaquin Lucero-Carrillo in Littleton. “This case demonstrates the violence that accompanies large-scale narcotics trafficking,” U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said. “Dismantling these large drug organizations with lengthy prison sentences is essential to protecting the safety of our communities.”
A 31-year-old Pontiac man has been sentenced to life in prison in a murder-for-hire plot that left a Colorado man dead. Enrique Amaya was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit after being found guilty of conspiracy to cross state lines to commit murder, aiding and abetting in the use of a firearm causing death, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine.
Leo Sharp of Michigan City, Indiana, returns to court for his sentence Wednesday – his 90th birthday. Ahead of the hearing, the government filed a 16-page memo that portrays him as a greedy drug courier who repeatedly transported cocaine and millions of dollars across the country.