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Hells Angels kingpin detained, suspected of drug offenses

A known leader of the notorious motorcycle club was detained in Helsinki on suspicion of dealing in "very dangerous" drugs.

The Helsinki District Court reached a decision in a closed trial on Saturday, 20 July to remand a suspect who is believed to be a leading figure of Finland's Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He was detained on suspicion of a string of aggravated drug offenses that dated back to the start of 2018 and continued until the present.

The leader of the criminal investigation characterized the case as unprecedented in its scope.

"There are elements of the case that make it quite exceptional, to say the least. Perhaps even in terms of all of Finnish criminal history," said chief inspector Kaarle Lehmus.

"We are talking about a drug that has been classified as very dangerous. For investigative reasons, I can't say anything about the quality or quantity or provide any more details," he said.

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Santa Fe Springs Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Charges

A member of a street gang that operates in Santa Fe Springs and Whittier pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges, including counts stemming from the August 2013 stabbing of a rival in Quiet Canyon in Montebello.

Ronald Sotello, 43, of Whittier pleaded guilty to three felonies before Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who scheduled an Oct. 7 sentencing hearing. The plea agreement filed in Los Angeles federal court specifies that Sotello will serve no more than 11 years in federal prison, although the penalty is ultimately up to the judge.

Sotello — a member of a Mexican Mafia-affiliated gang — stabbed a Mongols Motorcycle Club member, identified in court papers only as R.C., in order to “increase his position in the gang,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Purported R.I. biker-gang leader released after judge tosses wiretap evidence

PROVIDENCE — The Burrillville man depicted by authorities as the leader of a violent motorcycle gang and Woonsocket drug enterprise is out on home confinement after a judge this week threw out the wiretap investigators used on his phones.

Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel on Wednesday suppressed the wiretap of Deric McGuire’s phones from July 7, 2017, on after concluding that under state law only the Superior Court’s presiding justice or the next senior Superior Court judge can authorize such interceptions, according to John M. Cicilline, a lawyer involved in the case.

“They lose the wire. It’s far from over, but it’s significant,” said Cicilline, whose father, John F. Cicilline, argued the motion to suppress.

McGuire, who had been held without bail, was released on home confinement the same day.

Kristy dosReis, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s office, declined comment, other than to say the state planned to appeal.

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Judge’s ruling could toss out key evidence in biker gang case

(pics) --- PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In what could be a major blow to a criminal case that targeted two motorcycle gangs, a judge ruled a mass of wiretapped phone conversations should be tossed from trial, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

The decision came after defense attorneys successfully argued the wrong judge signed off on an extension of the order to authorize wiretaps in the case.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel ruled in favor of the defense, saying the wiretap extension was improperly signed off on and the evidence at the center of the case for many of the defendants could not be used at trial.

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Final Suspect Arrested in Alleged Modesto Hells Angels Meth Ring

(video) --- Michael Pack, 32, a prospect with the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, has been arrested in connection with an alleged methamphetamine distribution ring.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman said that Pack was subsequently arrested after federal agents failed to locate him during a June 25 sweep that netted club president Randy Picchi, 61; his wife, Tina Picchi, 51; and Michael Mize, 61.

Pack, a Modesto resident, was arraigned in federal court in Fresno on Tuesday.

Search Warrants Executed at Seven Locations

Officers executed search warrants at seven locations June 25 in Stanislaus County, including the Hells Angels clubhouse in Modesto.

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Tenth suspect arrested in brutal Pagan assault in Charleroi

CHARLEROI – A 10th suspect has been arrested in a brutal assault by alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club at a Charleroi social club in April.

Online court records indicate the suspect who solicited the assault, Brian A. Keruskin, 57, of Charleroi, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and sent to Washington County jail without bond.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing that morning for six other suspects in the case showed that Keruskin talked on the phone after the assault at the Slovak Club with the man who let the group of Pagans into the bar at 700 McKean Ave.

“I told him it was really bad,” Zachary Yagnich, 26, a club officer testified about his conversation with Keruskin.

“I was scared,” he said.

Prosecutors have not revealed a motive in the April 18 assault of Troy Harris, who had left the Pagans to join a rival group known as Sutars Soldiers.

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6 motorcycle club members charged with attempted homicide in violent attack at bar

CHARLEROI, Pa. - Six members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club are charged with attempted homicide after allegedly attacking a former member inside a bar in Charleroi, authorities said.

Surveillance video of the attack, which happened in April inside the Slovak Club, was shown in court Tuesday as the six men faced a judge.

The video shows the victim and his wife sitting at the bar. When the men walked in, the victim can be seen reaching out to shake hands before being punched, kicked and stomped on.

The attack lasted less than a minute, police said.

The victim, a former local chapter president of the Pagans who is now with another motorcycle club, was flown to a hospital. He continues to recover.

Defense attorneys for the suspects argued Tuesday that the video does not capture what is happening on the ground.

The victim’s wife testified she crawled between the suspects’ kicking legs in an attempt to get to her husband.

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A Pagan’s biker called ‘Hellboy’ beat a Hells Angels with a baseball bat. He’s headed to prison for 4 years.

A member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, who goes by the street name “Hellboy,” was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for the brutal beating of a Hells Angels associate at a Newark gas station in 2018.

Robert DeRonde, 55, of Rahway, had pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault for beating the victim, Jeffrey Shank, with a baseball bat at the Exxon station on Elizabeth Avenue on April 24, 2018. Shank suffered multiple broken collar bones as a result of the beating, prosecutors said.

According to the criminal complaint, Shank had just left the Hells Angels’ clubhouse on Clinton Avenue when he stopped for gas. As Shank waited to get his gas pumped, three men pulled up to the gas station and assaulted him.

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Quebec's biker war started 25 years ago today

(video) --- On July 13, 1994, in the aftermath of an ultimatum issued by the Hells Angels, three men walked into a motorcycle shop on Henri-Bourassa Blvd. E. and killed Pierre Daoust.

“(Quebec’s biker war) was already hatching, but (it started) from July 13 (1994), because that was the first murder — a guy named Pierre Daoust, in his Harley shop, on Henri-Bourassa (Blvd.). And after that, it was clear (the war had begun).”
— Normand Brisebois, a former rival of the Hells Angels, testifying in court in 1996 after becoming an informant in a murder conspiracy case

On July 13, 1994, three men walked into a motorcycle shop on Henri-Bourassa Blvd. E. in Rivière-des-Prairies and killed Pierre Daoust.

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Russ jury begins deliberations

ASHEBORO — The jury in the Michael Isaac Russ murder trial began deliberations late Friday afternoon, after hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution, and receiving instructions by Superior Court Judge Brad Long.

Russ, 40, of 4511 Colonial Circle, Trinity, is charged with murdering Larry Wayne Campbell, 27, of Denton, on Dec. 22, 2017.

Campbell, a father of three, was shot and killed in a parking lot outside BBQ Joe’s Country Cooking, 4873 NC 62, Trinity.

On Thursday, the jury listened to testimony from the defendant himself. Russ, who has worn a suit throughout the entire trial, left the courtroom Thursday prior to the arrival of the jurors and returned having changed into a red flannel shirt and blue jeans — the clothes he was wearing when he encountered and shot Campbell at BBQ Joe’s.

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