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Feds indict nine members of Hells Angels in Northern California for racketeering conspiracy

November 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds indict nine members of Hells Angels in Northern California for racketeering conspiracy

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FBI agents conducted a series of raids on Monday in Northern California, arresting nine members and associates of the Hells Angeles Motorcycle Club as part of a racketeering conspiracy case that involved murder, maiming and witness intimidation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI said the arrests were the result of a federal grand jury indictment accusing the nine co-conspirators of running an ongoing criminal enterprise under the “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act” (RICO).

Officials said most of the nine defendants are members of the group’s Sonoma County chapter based in Northern California.

Federal prosecutors also charged an alleged member of the Fresno Hells Angels chapter and a member of the Hells Angels based in Salem/Boston.

According to a Justice Department press release, the nine co-conspirators are charged with multiple counts of racketeering, conspiracy, multiple robberies, assaults,  and murder.

Law enforcement officials said some of the offenses committed date back to August 2007.

Jack Bennett, Special agent-in-charge for the FBI’s San Francisco division, said the crimes perpetrated by the Hells Angels were intended to instill fear in parts of the city of Santa Rosa.

Feds charged four of the defendants with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a killing of an unnamed victim at a Hells Angels clubhouse in Fresno, California on July 15, 2014.

The indictment also includes multiple charges of intimidating witnesses.

“The indictment unsealed this morning describes an array of serious offenses allegedly committed by the defendants including conspiracy to commit murder, assault, maiming, home invasion robbery, extortion, and witness intimidation,” United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch said.

“This operation proves once again the value of pooling the resources of the federal government with those of our state and local law enforcement partners—it is only through this coordination that we are able to stamp out violence in our communities,”

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