Pre-rally crowd included gathering of 700 Hells Angels

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STURGIS | This year’s pre-rally crowd of motorcyclists included an estimated 700 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, participating in their USA Run in the Black Hills.

Speaking at Friday’s news conference, the first daily meeting with reporters through the run of the 78th Sturgis motorcycle rally, Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said the gathering was a “mandatory run” for the Angels.

“What that means I guess they could tell you,” Merwin said. “So we did have a larger presence of Angels than we normally would have.”

“The run officially ends today (Friday),” he said. “Some will leave and some will stay.”

Merwin said the week preceding the official start of the Sturgis rally has been quiet in spite of the added influx.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We haven’t had any big issues.”

Merwin said many motorcycle gangs and clubs, including the Sons of Silence and Bandidos, have an annual presence at the Sturgis rally. Some gangs own property in the Sturgis and Black Hills area to host their members. 

“We get all of them every year,” Merwin said.

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