Hells Angels ``prospect'' arrested on drug charges
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Hells Angel member sentenced in federal court in Boston to 21 years
A federal judge in Boston has sentenced a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with a long criminal record to 21 years in prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition after committing a felony, prosecutors said.
Eric Franco, 38, was the sergeant-at-arms for the Hells Angels chapter in Lynn, a statement from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said. He was convicted of the charges in September and sentenced Tuesday in US District Court in Boston.
In May, Lynn police arrested Franco after finding the gun and ammunition in his apartment while investigating a report that Franco was assaulting his girlfriend, the statement said.
Franco’s criminal record already included three convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and convictions for indecent assault and battery, failure to register as a sex offender, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, and conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act.
He was also convicted in Arkansas on an assault and battery in the second degree charge after he and five other Hells Angels stabbed four members of another gang, the prosecutors’ statement said.
Also today, the State Police announced that they had arrested four suspects and executed multiple search warrants on the North Shore as part of a probe into criminal activities of the Hells Angel and Red Devils motorcycle clubs.
Two of the four suspects arrested were Hells Angels; two others were Red Devils. Two other suspects are still being sought. All six face charges of kidnapping, mayhem, and extortion, State Police said.
The charges stem from acts committed against one male victim. State Police said no further details were being released about the victim or the crimes.
Todd Feathers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.
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15 Rock Hill Hells Angels guilty; 6 face up to life in prison
Most of the Hells Angels arrested in June 2012 have been found guilty of drugs, weapons and other charges.
By Andrew Dys
Posted: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013
Mecklenburg County Arrests - 03.20.2013
COLUMBIA At least six of the 15 Hells Angels with connections to the Rock Hill chapter of the motorcycle outlaws could face life in prison after being convicted in a widespread drug, weapons and criminal conspiracy web, according to federal prosecutors.
Three members – including the president of the Rock Hell City Nomads chapter – were found guilty Thursday after a federal court trial that lasted more than a month. Twelve already had pleaded guilty.
All face at least 10 years in prison because of the amount of drugs involved.
The 12 who pleaded guilty are expected to be sentenced May 9, and the three found guilty at trial will be sentenced June 19, said Jay Richardson, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the cases.
In June, 20 people connected to the Hells Angels were arrested in raids at clubhouses and homes across South Carolina and North Carolina. Charges were dismissed during the trial against another Hells Angels member and one prospective member. Charges were dropped before trial against two others.
A trial is scheduled to start Monday on narcotics conspiracy charges against the final member of the 20 arrested, Carlos Hernandez of Charlotte.
Prosecutors proved in the trial that ended last week that the members sold cocaine, methamphetamine and guns, and laundered money as part of a crime ring that reached the Northeast, with leadership of the group getting kickbacks from all the criminal activity.
Local, state and federal police infiltrated the biker gang in 2011 and 2012 with informants, wiretaps, surveillance and other measures. The criminal conspiracy centered on Rock Hill and York County, and clubhouses for both the Hells Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs.
The trial showed how the Hells Angels moved drugs throughout South Carolina and North Carolina and how they trafficked more than 40 weapons for use in crimes, including assault rifles.
Here’s how the 15 convictions played out in court:
• Facing up to life in prison after convictions at trial on conspiracy, drug and weapons charges are Mark “Lightning” Baker of Lancaster, president of the Rock Hell Nomads; David “Gravel Dave” Oiler of Lancaster; and Bruce “Bruce-Bruce” Long of West Columbia.
• Facing up to life in prison after pleading guilty to a drug conspiracy are Ron “Big Ron” Byrum and Kerry “Gowilla” Chitwood, both of Gastonia. Trent Brown of West Columbia also pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy; he faces up to 40 years in prison.
• Facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy are Dan “Diamond Dan” Bifield of Batesburg-Leesville, vice president of the Rock Hell Nomads; Richard “Rat” Thrower of Lancaster; David “Yard Owl” Pryor of York; Fred “Big Fred” Keach of Pelion; Frank “Big Frank” Enriquez of Rock Hill; and Johanna Looper of York.
Bifield has asked to withdraw his guilty plea. No hearing has been held, but federal prosecutors plan to oppose the move, Richardson said.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/20/3...
#3 Mar 30, 2013
Hells Angels Associate Sentenced to Prison for Meth Trafficking
David Garcia, 43, will serve 21 years in prison for conspiracy todistribute meth
By Monica Garske | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 |
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