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Felon held in gun case admits he's an Outlaw, court paper says

Clack
Clack

GULFPORT -- A felon accused of selling guns has said he's been a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang "his entire life," a court order said.

Russell Gene Clack, 35, has been denied bond because of that and other allegations discussed at his detention hearing in federal court last week.

The FBI considers the Outlaws motorcycle club to be a gang and heavily involved in drug trafficking and racketeering. The FBI also considers the club one of the most dangerous motorcycle gangs in the nation.

Clack also is suspected of selling meth, court papers show.

Clack is the man arrested April 19 after a pursuit that started at Ladner and Faith streets in Waveland. He had arrived to sell guns as drug task force agents gathered to arrest him, according to a criminal complaint.

Clack had unknowingly talked with an undercover agent by phone about gun sales in February and March, the document said. The agent reportedly bought two .38-caliber handguns from Clack on Feb. 3 at a home on Sycamore Street in Bay St. Louis. Clack gave the agent a sample of crystal meth, the document said, and told the agent he could provide large amounts of crystal meth, or ice, with little notice.

The agent also claims to have negotiated a price with Clack and a confidential informant for two more guns, which led to Clack's arrest. Clack allegedly was prepared to sell two more guns on April 19.

Clack reached the meeting place in Waveland and told an informant the guns were in his SUV, the complaint said. Agents rushed to arrest him but he fled in his SUV, agents said, and was arrested after a brief pursuit.

Agents said they seized a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun from his SUV.

A public defender had asked that Clack's detention hearing be delayed.

Court records show more information about Clack was revealed at Thursday's hearing in addition to his alleged confession of gang membership.

Clack had been living with friends in Picayune and has not been employed since 2013, Magistrate Judge Robert Walker wrote in a detention order.

Clack had denied recent drug use, but tested positive for meth and amphetamines after his arrest, the judge wrote.

Also, Clack has been convicted of manufacturing meth in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2011, and has a theft conviction. He also is wanted in DeSoto County for failing to appear in court.

The lead investigator in the federal case is a Homeland Security Investigations agent assigned to the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

The allegations have been turned over to a federal grand jury.

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