Thursday, September 29, 2011

Countywide Raid Picks Up Alleged Hell's Angels Members and Associates

More than two dozen suspects allegedly involved with the notorious motorcycle gang were arrested in raids involving SWAT teams, local, state, and federal agents.

Raids around San Diego County on Thursday resulted in the arrest 26 alleged members and associates of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang on suspicion of trafficking in methamphetamine, authorities reported.

The sweep, which involved about 250 law enforcement personnel, including SWAT teams, local, state and federal agents, began around 6 a.m., according to the FBI.

"The searches resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in U.S.
currency, 10 firearms and quantities of drugs,'' FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said. "During this investigation, agents and detectives (also) prevented a kidnapping."

According to Foxworth, the raids took place at 19 locations around San Diego county. In addition to the 26 arrested, six suspects were alread in custody and four suspects were not located and remain at large.

The raids and charges are the result of a two-year probe into drug related violent crimes allegedly committed by the San Diego-area chapter of the notorious motorcycle gang. The probe was led by the FBI's Violent Crime Gang Task Force.

Arrested suspects were booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego and are expected to appear before a federal judge Friday afternoon.

City News Service contributed to this report.