3 suspected motorcycle gang members arrested in KC North

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three people who police were arrested Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Mo.

It happened around 8 a.m. near 98th Street and Northeast Cookingham Drive.

Sources told FOX 4 the "Sons of Silence" motorcycle gang was trying to infiltrate the metro area and recruit new members. Police were tipped off about them coming to Kansas City and made three arrests, two men and one woman, Wednesday at a home in the Northland.

Sources said meth, marijuana and at least ten guns were found inside the gang's home.

"Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs are very violent. It's not what everybody sees. It's not Sons of Anarchy that you see on tv," said Det. Steve Cook with the Independence Police Dept. "These guys are particularly violent especially to one another. They are involved in drugs. Drugs are commonplace. Drugs and guns go together a lot to times."

Gang investigators say that gangs have been trying to stake their claim in Kansas City ever since authorities locked up the leadership of two other gangs known as 'The Galloping Goose' and 'El Forsteros'.

Authorities don't believe the Sons of Silence have been in the area for very long, but some neighbors suspected something was wrong almost immediately.

"There was neighborhood gossip that there was a lot of comings and goings. They would hear motorcycles. They saw a lot of motorcycles up there, so they did wonder what was going on," said Vicki Thon.

Another neighbor said she often saw a group of motorcyclists speeding up and down her street, hanging around the home -- and she’s glad they have been taken into police custody.

"They go flying up and down the street and we've got a 3-year-old grandson and number of kids who play outside and I just walked down and told them,'Hey! you gotta slow down! You're going to hit a child and we don't want that type of accident in the neighborhood,'" neighbor Carol Johnson said.

"I’m glad it’s taken care of because of the children."

The three suspects were questioned downtown and officials say they hope to file federal charges against them.

Police also hope this arrest sends a message to other members of Sons of Silence --  their outlaw motorcycle gang is not welcome in Kansas City.

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