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Hells Angels leader and others charged with meth trafficking

Evidence collected by the FBI, California Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement in Modesto has reportedly built a case for methamphetamine trafficking against the president of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and its associates. Federal authorities have charged the club president, his wife and another man with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

Investigators deployed wire taps on the phones of the 61-year-old club president and his 51-year-old wife. Their allegedly incriminating conversations along with surveillance of other people and traffic stops prompted law enforcement agents to obtain search warrants for the club house in downtown Modesto along with six other locations in Stanislaus County. During these searches, officers took the couple into custody along with another 61-year-old man.

The affidavit presented at their first court appearance asserted that the club president told his wife to make five or six deliveries of methamphetamine to the other man every week. She also was allegedly delivering drugs to someone in Redding when the highway patrol stopped her and reported finding 4 ounces of methamphetamine in her vehicle. Some of the wiretap recordings indicated her displeasure with the drug trafficking because her husband used all the money that he made to buy more drugs.

Someone caught up in a criminal investigation for drug trafficking might want to learn about legal rights before entering a plea. The services of an attorney may help defend the person from intense prosecution. An attorney might question the authorization of a search and strive to get evidence rejected that was collected unlawfully. Exposure of weak areas in a case by a defense attorney might lead to a case dismissal or reduced charges.

Source: The Modesto Bee, “Wiretaps, surveillance, traffic stops make up drug ring case against Hells Angels“, Erin Tracy, June 26, 2019

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.