People often say that there is safety in numbers. While this may be true in certain situations, members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang are finding out that it may not be true when it comes to drug charges. Nineteen members of the group were recently arrested in North Carolina and South Carolina and charged with drug possession, racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering.
This particular group of bikers has had a reputation for being law-breakers and troublemakers for as long as people can remember. The notion that they commonly skirt the law likely puts members and others associated with the group under increased scrutiny by law enforcement. Being associated with Hells Angels could mean that a person is under the surveillance of the police.
In this case, it took law enforcement two years of investigation to uncover the alleged criminal activity. Eventually, police were able to obtain almost two dozen search warrants. Their searches resulted in the recovery of drugs and more than 100 firearms. Police claim that the men and women who were arrested intended to sell the weapons and drugs. They also say that members of the gang committed arson and laundered money.
Based on the long list of charges that each of the 19 people face, it is likely that each conviction will be aggressively pursued. Police and other law enforcement agents should be careful, though. With that many suspects accused of that many crimes, any slip up in the investigation, searches or arrests could result in the dismissal of charges.
Source: ABC News, "Hells Angels in NC, SC Arrested on Drug Charges," June 7, 2012