Maine motorcycle gang member held without bail

A motorcyclist arrives at an Old Orchard Beach, Maine house that was the location of a shootout between federal agents and people at the home is seen Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Agents were attempting to arrest two members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang as part of a seven-state sweep when they shot and killed one of them in an early morning gunfight Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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A motorcyclist arrives at an Old Orchard Beach, Maine house that was the location of a shootout between federal agents and people at the home is seen Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Agents were attempting to arrest two members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang as part of a seven-state sweep when they shot and killed one of them in an early morning gunfight Tuesday. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
Posted June 17, 2010, at 2:04 p.m.
Thomas Mayne. (Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Mayne. (Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Maine — The president of the Maine chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been ordered held without bail two days after he and other Outlaws members were arrested across many states and charged with multiple crimes.

Forty-one-year-old Thomas Benvie of Sanford faces two racketeering charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Wolff told federal Judge George Singal on Thursday that Benvie owned the .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol that fellow Outlaws member Thomas Mayne used to fire at federal agents Tuesday morning. The agents — who were trying to arrest Mayne at his Old Orchard Beach home — fired back, killing Mayne.

Benvie’s attorney, Public Defender David Beneman, told Singal the indictment doesn’t accuse Benvie of any overt acts of violence. He said Benvie has been steadily employed and has a wife and four children.

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