SAN DIEGO–FBI officials say 26 people with ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were arrested by law enforcement officers. Six defendants were already in custody and four are considered fugitives at this time.
On September 29, over 250 law enforcement officers, deputies, and agents from San Diego County participated in arrests and searches of individuals and locations with ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Twenty-six people were arrested on federal drug charges, and 19 locations searched. The searches resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency, 10 firearms, and quantities of drugs.
The charges in this matter stem from a two-year investigation conducted by the FBI’s Violent Crime Gang Task Force. The investigation focused on the methamphetamine trafficking and violent crimes committed by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (San Diego Charter) and their criminal partners. As set forth in the complaint, the defendants are members and associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. During this investigation agents and detectives prevented a kidnapping.
Charged in a separate complaint were Patrick James Haggerty and Leo David Garcia, Jr. Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute mthamphetamine.
Those arrested in the operation have been booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego.