Three Modesto Hells Angels bikers, including the charter’s vice president and secretary, were indicted and hit with gun and drug charges on Thursday. The arrests were the result of a months-long investigation into the Modesto Hells Angels Charter by various law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, ATF and IRS.
31-year-old Hells Angels vice president Michael Shafer was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, conspiring to distribute heroin, distribution of marijuana, and two counts of use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. 31-year-old Hells Angels secretary Patrick Gonzales was charged with being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.
Hells Angels member Ricky Blackwell was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm after suffering a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.
Hells Angels Motorcycle Club World Rules
During a search of Gonzales’ residence officers found the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club World Rules, the rulebook that governs all of the club’s charters. Officers also found the rules for the Modesto Charter of the Hells Angels, minutes of club meetings, membership information, and membership agreements.
Earlier this year, the Modesto Hells Angels chapter’s president, Randy Picchi, was charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and for leading a drug conspiracy that involved his wife, Tina, Michael Mize, and Hells Angels member Michael Pack.
If convicted, Shafer faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison, a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison, and a $5,000,000 fine. Gonzales faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Blackwell faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
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