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Attorney's Office. Nace was indicted in April and sentenced to 4 years in prison in Decemberaccording to a news release the attorney's office issued Thursday. According to the news release, Nace and the other dozen who were sentenced have connections to motorcycle gangs.
The news release didn't specify which group Nace was affiliated with, but spokeswoman Dawn Mayko confirmed Nace was a member of one of the gangs. The last of the sentencings for the group wrapped up Wednesday. The sentences ranged from 6 months in prison and 6 months of in-home detention to more than 12 years in prison.
More: homicides in York County 'Never this bad,' coroner's office says. Share This Story! York man one of 13 with motorcycle gang connections sentenced for drug trafficking They had ties to the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the Pagan's Motorcycle Club and other gangs. Post to Facebook. Check out this story on ydr. Cancel Send. Comments Welcome to our new and improved commentswhich are for subscribers only. ET Jan.There is an increase in violent clashes between the Pagans and rival motorcycle clubs.
The public is facing a growing safety threat. Those were the alarming takeaways from a public hearing held Wednesday by the State Commission of Investigation, an independent state watchdog formed in the late s to investigate public corruption and organized crime.
In perhaps the most dramatic moment of the hearing, three-high ranking members of the Pagans, including the reputed vice president of the national organization, Hugo Nieves, were subpoenaed to testify. Peppered by commissioners with accusations of illegal activity, including drug distribution, the members each invoked their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
There are Pagans members spread around 12 different states and in Puerto Rico, officials said. In New Jersey, Pagans membership, which has always been strong in South Jersey, has increased at an alarming rate in recent years, with members in 17 chapters throughout the state. Richter, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in for attempted murder and racketeering and released intook control of the Pagans inaccording to officials. Officials said the Pagans have also started recruiting members from traditional street gangs, like the Bloods, Crips and the Latin Kings.
And while the Pagans are traditionally a white group with ties to white supremacy organizations, officials said, they have begun allowing Latino members into their ranks.
In New Jersey, Pagans earn a quarter- to a half-million dollars in cash from club dues, merchandise and club jackets, according to Glenn Pender, an SCI agent who testified. Pender did not specify a time frame for that dollar amount. The other financial component comes from drug dealing, Pender said. He said he could not provide a number on proceeds from drug sales.
Officials said Pagans are known for selling crystal methamphetamine. Alex Napoliello. One official described a scenario in which there was a house party attended by people, including members of the Pagans and the Thug Riders, a rival motorcycle gang. A clash between the two clubs left two people stabbed and reports of gunshots fired, though no one was hit.
Out of witnesses, the official said, no one came forward with information. Skinheads, a prominent white supremacy group in South Jersey. Another disturbing element of the club officials highlighted at the hearing was the treatment of women by members of the Pagans. Women are also not allowed to walk alone, McCann said. The hearing held by the SCI is one step in an ongoing investigation into outlaw motorcycle clubs in New Jersey.
The SCI will issue a report at the conclusion of the investigation, which began about 18 months ago. Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello njadvancemedia.
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This image was posted on Facebook after his death. Michael Adam Morales, 32, a Hells Angels affiliate, died after being stabbed last month in downtown Bakersfield. Heads turn and people tend to keep their distance when members of Bakersfield's local outlaw motorcycle gangs enter an establishment.
Instantly recognizable due to their leather vests with patches proclaiming their affiliation, these groups historically have a reputation for violence. Some recent incidents involving the groups have only furthered that reputation. One was a deadly stabbing at a popular dive bar involving two motorcycle gang members, the other an exchange of gunshots in broad daylight during a fundraiser on Buck Owens Boulevard.
Those who spot members of a biker gang are best advised to leave them alone. Anyone who starts trouble could quickly find himself surrounded and in extreme physical danger. James said the Mongols claim to have a clubhouse locally but he's never seen it. While the Devils Diciples have a Bakesfield patch, they don't have a clubhouse here. There are also several Vagos members in town, James said.
Dive bars are the usual hangout for these groups, but they sometimes turn up in unexpected places. Their numbers are relatively small, but there's something about biker gang members, probably due to their reputation, that people generally become more concerned if they see a fight break out between them, according to James. Those who join these gangs are referred to as "1-percenters," taken from a quote from the American Motorcycle Association saying 99 percent of motorcycle riders abide by the law.
The implication is these 1 percent don't. Exact numbers can be hard to tally because some members may be living in town while others might be from a chapter in another city stopping in for a fundraiser or other event. His accused killer is Russell Vannoy, 60, a member of Devils Diciples.
There previously was no rivalry between the two gangs, but James said the killing of Morales, known as "Mikey Smash," has the potential to cause trouble between the two.
He said he doesn't know if there are meetings going on between the hierarchies of the two groups to make peace, or if this is possibly the start of a rivalry. In another high-profile case, members of the Mongols gang in May showed up at a Hells Angels bike wash to provoke the rival gang. Police said one of the Mongols, Ricardo Viera, fired a round from a pump-action pistol grip shotgun into a crowd of people at the event, injuring at least one person.
A Hells Angels affiliate, whose name was never released, armed himself with a handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. Three Mongols were later charged with multiple offenses in connection with the incident.
The Hells Angels affiliate was not charged after it was determined he acted in self-defense. There has long been a rivalry between the Mongols and Hells Angels. In an incident that made national news, a massive brawl between the two groups broke out at a Nevada casino in A Mongol was stabbed to death and two Hells Angels fatally shot during the melee.
An Outlaws motorcycle club leader’s assassination adds to Tampa Bay’s bloody biker gang history
In Bakersfield, James said, a lot of the incidents of violence involving these gangs don't involve firearms. Most are assaults, not shootings. Police step up enforcement after incidents involving them, James said, to determine who is on probation or parole and let them know they're keeping an eye on them. Some biker gang members may be unemployed.
Others hold down jobs with six-figure salaries. James recalled a case in which a gangster from out of town was employed as a defense attorney. Regarding those members with full-time jobs, James said, "They got in the gang at one point and remained there yet are still successful in their normal life. They still attend meetings and participate in runs.Dear Readers. The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the lives of everyone in Tampa Bay and to so many businesses in our community.
Here at the Tampa Bay Times, we continue to provide free, up-to-date information at tampabay. But we need your help. Please consider supporting us by subscribing or donatingand by sharing our work. Thank you. Note: This story was first published in January and was updated in August In DecemberPaul Anderson was sitting in his pickup truck in rush hour traffic on the Suncoast Parkway when two rival gang members rode up on motorcycles and shot him dead.
The execution-style killing of Anderson, the Pasco Outlaws motorcycle club leader, put law enforcement on high alert that a motorcycle gang war was brewing.
It also led to numerous arrests. Many may not realize it, but motorcycle gangs actually have a long and dark history here that includes everything from from prostitution and murders to a shootout with deputies at their old Tampa clubhouse near Busch Gardens. But members of the club were skilled in quieting witnesses, and for decades law enforcement struggled to pin charges on them. In the s, federal prosecutors concocted a plan to wipe out the gang for good.
But the goal to exterminate the Outlaws failed over and over again — the gang is still present in the area. The visit ended with a shootout. In anddozens of club leaders were convicted in Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale. Though these busts gutted Outlaw membership, the gang maintained active chapters in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach. Federal prosecutors won convictions or guilty pleas from 30 Outlaws from Tampa Bay and South Florida.
During the trial at the end ofprosecutors took aim at the regional leaders of the club to try to eliminate it. InFlorida had six Outlaws chapters -- the most out of any state. Sixteen Outlaws from the Tampa, St. Other Outlaws allegedly hired members of the Bandidos motorcycle club to kill a Tampa police officer. According to the Times archives, the federal trial in Tampa was one of the most important prosecutions of a biker gang in the country. By the end, a federal jury convicted 14 of 16 members.
Inauthorities carried out Operation Silverspoke and Shovelhead and arrested seven Outlaws on accusations that they were running a year crime scheme. The members were arrested on an count federal indictment aimed at taking out the upper ranks of the club. Authorities accused the Outlaws of eight murders, three bombings and 17 drug charges.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the most notorious motorcycle club the world has ever known: the Hells Angels.
Decades later, the infamous biker gang still makes regular headlines for its counterculture lifestyle and criminal activities. Upon returning from the war, many G. Various loosely organized motorcycle-riding clubs sprang up, and among these was one that took its name from a wartime flying squadron, which itself was named after the fighting aviators of a famous film: Hells Angels.
However, contrary to popular belief, none of the founding members of the first Hells Angels were part of the World War II flying squadron, though squadron member Arvid Olsen did suggest the name to the club's founding members. The group's reputation and membership grew during the s, but it was during the turbulent s that the Hells Angels bikers truly made a name for themselves. During this time, members of the club could often be seen sporting their "death's head" insignia on highways, in bars, and at rock concerts.
Furthermore, the Hells Angels were seen as the torchbearers of what was known as the "one percenter" motorcycle clubs, meaning that they live an outlaw lifestyle different from the other 99 percent of bikers. This notion perhaps reached its peak in at California's infamous Altamont Speedway Free Festival when a concertgoer was stabbed to death by the Angelswho had been hired by The Rollings Stones as security to help deal with the crowd.
The victim, an year-old man named Meredith Hunter, tried to rush the stage before drawing a gun. Hells Angel Alan Passaro then stepped in and stabbed Hunterkilling him. Passaro was charged with murder but ultimately acquitted, with the jury having seen footage from the concert that showed Hunter raising his gun. After Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger criticized the Angels over the incident, they plotted unsuccessfully to have him killed.
Lynch issued a report on motorcycle gangs like the Hells Angels that labeled them as dangerous to society and sparked national media interest. Likewise, films about the Angels as well as author Hunter S. Thompson's reports from inside the group helped invite more attention toward the group and Oakland president-cum-national spokesman Ralph Sonny Barger in particular.
Over the ensuing years, the group did not shake its violent reputation. As TIME wrote"Many Hells Angels have clearly lived up to their lawless image — arrests and convictions for drug trafficking especially methassault, weapons possession and even murder have trailed the group for decades. As recently asthree bikers were killed in a brawl between the Angels and the rival Mongols gang at a Nevada casino.
And ina Hells Angels member shot a man who'd simply moved a traffic cone in front of their New York headquarters. While the motorcycle outfit to this day remains no stranger to violent crimesthe organization maintains that the crimes committed by a few members have been unfairly portrayed by the media and law enforcement to represent the club as a whole. It's not uncommon for charters to regularly participate in various charity rides in an effort to shake the negative publicity that has followed the bikers for decades.
Police raids and headlines reporting biker fisticuffs have done little to stifle the growth of the Angels — which have hundreds of charters on every continent in the world except Antarctica, with their headquarters in New York City. Despite the group's worldwide proliferation, becoming a patch-wearing member of the group requires more than simply riding a Harley.
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