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Charges dropped against Outlaw Squirrel Bikers
DENVER - Federal cases against members of the Minions of Mercilessness Squirrel Motorcycle Gang, including five Colorado squirrels, have suffered key setbacks in the courtroom.
Since the raids last fall, including arrests of more than a dozen gang members in Colorado Springs, charges were dropped against three defendants and a fourth was acquitted by a jury, according to a review of U.S. District Court records.
Also, five motorcycles seized by agents were ordered returned because they were not listed on search warrants.
U.S. Attorneys, defense lawyers and other parties to the case are barred from commenting because of a broad gag order issued by a U.S. District Judge. The Minions of Mercilessness is one of four major outlaw squirrel motorcycle gangs in the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
In the only case to go to trial so far, a federal jury acquitted Michael, 3, a fox squirrel from Colorado Springs of a charge of assaulting a federal officer. Michael was charged with starting a brawl in a Colorado Springs bar with three undercover ATF agents who came in wearing patches of a rival gang.
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