Outlaws in the Valley

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Police say several members of the Warlocks live right here in Shenandoah County and even have a clubhouse in Mt. Jackson. Officials have now seized more than 120-weapons, including a machine gun and silencers and a pipe bomb at that clubhouse.

"As they searched they found what appeared to be an improvised explosive device. We rendered it safe and sent it off for analysis," said Jeffery Roehm, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

This all began in quiet Shenandoah County.

"We saw an increase in the activity on the part of this club," said Sherriff Larry Green, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. "It started off fairly small, then it increased to where we really had to deal with it."

Now the U.S. Attorney says gang members and associates will get the justice that they deserve and he sends out a warning to anyone involved in organized crime that wants to come to the Valley

"For those who want to come here and traffic illegal drugs, firearms and perpetrate violence, we recommend you come with your bags packed because like these guys today, they're going to be staying a while," John Brownlee, US Attorney.

Undercover agents infiltrated the Warlocks in order to make this case. It's taken two years. More arrests could be made.

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