Maine motorcycle gang member held without bail

Posted June 17, 2010, at 2:04 p.m.

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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