The President of the Hells Angels chapter in Monterey, California, was sentenced to ten years in prison today after he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic 50 grams of methamphetamine. After his release from prison, Richard W. Mar is also prohibited from being a member of or associating with the Hells Angels for a period of four years.
It’s a rough sentence for a man who belongs to such a tightknit brotherhood. But perhaps the 64-year-old former biker president enjoy his senior years in relative peace and quiet – If that is how such a man would choose to live out his final days.
Certainly his younger days were spent doing things a bit less peaceful and quiet. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, Mar was the President of the Hells Angels, Monterey California Charter from 2002 through July 2010.
During those years, Harvey claims, he supplied significant quantities of methamphetamine to a trafficking network operating in the Western District of New York led by James H. McAuley, Jr. – himself a member and Vice President of the Rochester Hells Angels.
McAuley and other bikers traveled to Monterey, California, on numerous occasions to obtain pound-size quantities of methamphetamine from Mar, in exchange for cash. In April of 2007, McAuley was arrested on federal racketeering charges in New York. It did nothing to stop the drug conspiracy, however, authorities say.
After his arrest and incarceration, McAuley continued to maintain control over the meth trafficking operation. Mar, acting at the direction of McAuley, distributed pound-size quantities of meth to McAuley’s wife, Donna Boon. Boon and other members of the conspiracy sold and distributed the meth to individuals in the Rochester area, Genesee County, and other locales. Mar, who admitted to trafficking up to 15 kilograms of methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy, continued to supply the methamphetamine trafficking network until July 2010.
The sentencing is part of a larger investigation that resulted in the indictment and arrest of seven members and associates of the Rochester and Monterey Hells Angels for drug trafficking and racketeering-related offenses in February 2012.
Seven defendants – including Mar – were charged and convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. McAuley was sentenced to 300 months in prison, while his wife received a sentence of probation and 12 months of house arrest.
In addition, Rochester Hells Angels member Robert “Bugsy” Moran, Jr. was convicted of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. Gina Tata was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. Defendant Timothy M. Stone was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the assault.
On May 31, 2006, Moran – a member and officer of the Rochester Hells Angels – assaulted a patron, who made disparaging remarks about motorcycle clubs, at Spenders Bar on Lyell Avenue in Rochester with a baseball bat. Moran committed the assault in order to maintain his position in the Rochester Hells Angels.
Gina Tata, who was the bartender at Spenders Bar at the time of the assault, tried to help Moran escape arrest and prosecution for the assault. Timothy Stone destroyed the hard drive and the baseball bat used to commit the assault. Moran was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Tata received probation and Stone was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
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