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A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted three more members of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in multiple drug distribution and trafficking charges, and the provision of yet another huge blow for the club, following an investigation that led to the president of the club, was arrested earlier this year.
The announcement was made at a Friday afternoon news release from the U.s. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.
Michael Shafer, is the club’s 31-year-old vice-president, and Patrick Gonzales, the club’s 31-year-old, a secretary, and a Hells Angels member Ricky He has been charged in four separate indictments, the U.s. Attorney’s Office said.
Federal prosecutors say three members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have been indicted on multiple drug charges.
Shafer was indicted on conspiracy to distribute marijuana and heroin, and with using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking. He could face up to 40 years in federal prison and a $5 million fine, if convicted.
Gonzales was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
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He, meanwhile, was accused of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while trafficking in drugs and possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction. He could face five years to life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Officers executed search warrants at several locations, including the homes of the Shafer, and Gonzalez, prosecutors said. Researchers have reportedly found a rulebook for all of the Hells Angeles Motorcycle Clubs, and there are rules to dictate meeting times, membership information and a membership agreement.
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Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation, according to prosecutors.
Earlier this year, Modesto Hells Angels ‘ President, Randy Picchi, and his wife, and two other men were arrested on charges related to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.