Hells Angels member from North Providence held without bail on drug, firearms charges

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PROVIDENCE — A “full patch” member of the Rhode Island Hells Angels motorcycle gang who was charged with gun and drug offenses after a search of his North Providence home was been ordered held without bail on Friday afternoon.

Douglas Leedham, 54, is charged in Rhode Island federal court with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond ordered him held without bail because of the seriousness of the charges, some of which carry mandatory minimum sentences of five years.

Federal authorities searched Leedham’s residence at 1117 Douglas Ave., unit 12, on Thursday.

They found two pistols, a shotgun, a body armor vest, 44 grams of meth, 19 grams of cocaine, 35 knives, four hatchets, nine batons, a set of brass knuckles, $6,422 in cash and a suspected drug ledger, according to a court document.

“Leedham admitted that the guns and drugs seized from the residence were his,” Colin Woods, an FBI special agent, wrote in an affidavit.

The Department of Justice recognizes the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as an “outlaw motorcycle gang.” The gang, federal authorities said, has been involved in producing and selling methamphetamine, and other criminal activity including assault, extortion, homicide and money laundering.

A “full patch” member is someone who has made it past the prospect phase and is given full membership, and can wear the full “Hells Angel” rocker patch.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s Rhode Island chapter is based at 161 Messer St. in Providence, the FBI agent’s affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Leedham was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police in December 2012 and charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a weapon other than a firearm. Leedham was riding a motorcycle and had a vest identifying him as a “full patch” Hells Angels member, federal authorities said.

During the stop in 2012, Leedham had two knives, a ball peen hammer and a loaded pistol, the FBI agent’s affidavit said. He pleaded guilty in Superior Court to carrying a pistol without a license and got a five-year suspended sentence with five years of probation.

On Dec. 29 of 2018, Leedham flagged down a North Providence police officer because one of the two women driving in a gray GMC truck with him on Mineral Spring Avenue had become unconscious.

Leedham told the police officer that the woman had taken either heroin or crystal methamphetamine, the affidavit said.

While the officer was giving the woman the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, the other one also became unconscious, apparently due to an overdose. Both went to a local hospital and survived.

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