U.S. attorney: Two biker gang members among those arrested on federal drug charges

CONCORD - Two motorcycle gang members are among four men arrested on federal drug trafficking charges, Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday.

According to federal criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court on Friday:

Alleged Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member James Cunningham, 60, of Laconia, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Alleged Milford & Company Motorcycle Club President Harry Bolton, 63, of Weare, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Kenneth Bailey, 52, of Weare is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Timothy Raxter, 52, of Tilton is charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“The Hells Angels are one of the most notorious biker gangs in the United States and often use violence and intimidation to protect their ‘turf' in support of their criminal activities,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Boston Division. “As alleged, this investigation revealed that a Hells Angel member engaged in the distribution of drugs in New Hampshire. In an effort to create safer neighborhoods for everyone the FBI New Hampshire's Safe Streets Task Force is fully committed to the identification and pursuit of illicit gang activities within the state, to crack down on illegal drug distribution networks, and deter associated violence.”

Each drug charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The maximum penalty for the firearms charge against Raxter is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

“Federal, state and local law enforcement officers are united in our work to combat drug trafficking and violence” said Farley. “Even as our state attempts to address the opioid crisis, we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the public from the distribution of other dangerous drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.”

The FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force is comprised of the FBI, state police, N.H. Probation and Parole and Hudson, Manchester and Nashua police.

Laconia and Tilton police provided assistance in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane B. Kelbley.

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