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'Outlaw Motorcycle Gang' rolls into Florence County Thursday

A tattoo of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club logo. Source: 2013 National Gang Intelligence Center Report, FBI.GOV A tattoo of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club logo. Source: 2013 National Gang Intelligence Center Report, FBI.GOV

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A known motorcycle gang is bringing more than 200 people to Florence County.

The motorcycle club, called "The Warlocks," will hold its national conference in Florence County starting Thursday.

"To paraphrase one of my favorite philosophers, [Tyler Perry's] Madea, when people try to tell you who they are, you need to listen to them," said Major Michael Nunn with the Florence Sheriff's Office.

According to the motorcycle gang's web page The Warlocks are a "one percenter club pledged to brotherhood."

According to Major Nunn, in the 60s, the American Motorcycle Association said 99 percent of the group's riders and members are law-abiding citizens.

"These groups like The Warlocks and others specifically advertise themselves as the one percent exception to the law-abiding motorcycle rider, so you have to take people at their word, so we do," Major Nunn said.

According to the FBI'S 2013 National Gang Assessment, The Warlocks are considered to be an "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang."

The report went on to say that Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are "highly structured criminal organizations whose members engage in criminal activities such as violent crime."

The Warlocks' website says 13 American Navy sailors started the motorcycle club back in the 60s, and now the group has grown to be international.

"The Warlocks Motorcycle Club has indicated from Thursday until Sunday, they will hold a national meeting here in the Florence area," Major Nunn said.

What's being discussed at that meeting is not clear.

The Sheriff's Office says as usual, it will keep an eye on our area.

"We don't expect any problems over the weekend with regards to this event, although we are prepared in the event that there is a problems," Major Nunn said.

According to the Sheriff's office, The Warlocks held this same type of meeting here in Florence County about seven years ago –and there were no criminal problems then.

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