By David Amoruso
Posted on December 12, 2010
Yesterday, hundreds of Hells Angels and other bikers showed up in Haarlem, The Netherlands for the funeral of their brother Rob Schilders (52). Schilders had been shot to death in broad daylight on December 3 by an unknown assailant. It is still unclear why the full patch member was killed. Though, there are plenty of rumors floating around. Some sources claim he was shot because of a drug deal gone bad, while others say his murder might be linked to the attempted burglary of a Harley Davidson shop earlier that week.
On the other side of the globe, meanwhile, the Hells Angels in New Zealand didn’t have a good weekend either. On December 9, police raided several houses in Auckland, Napier, and Hamilton, including the motorcycle club’s headquarters and arrested ten people on drug related charges. One Hells Angel was arrested for obstruction of justice during the raid of the clubhouse. There, police found four grams of methamphetamine, $20,000 cash, and drug paraphernalia.
According to Napier Area Commander Inspector Kevin Kalff the arrests are the result of an intensive two-month operation into a methamphetamine distribution ring. Police allege that a gang of dealers in Napier were buying meth from Hells Angels in Auckland and selling it locally.
Back in Europe the German public was in for a big shock. An investigation into the Hells Angels in the German state of Hesse uncovered widespread corruption within law enforcement. One of the men arrested was a chief inspector of the Hessian state Office of Criminal Investigation and allegedly gave Hells Angels confidential police information about bribery cases. Five police officers were suspended from the force because they were suspected of corruption.
The Hells Angels have a long history in Germany. The first German chapter was founded in 1970 in Hamburg. That same chapter was officially outlawed by authorities in the late 1980s after thirteen members were sentenced to prison terms of up to seven years. Since then, the club could no longer show its colors in the city of Hamburg. Prosecutors in the Netherlands have also tried to outlaw the Hells Angels chapters there, claiming the club functioned as a criminal enterprise, but Dutch Judges ruled there was no proof to support that claim.
With so much news about the Hells Angels, you would almost think they are the only outlaw motorcycle club out there. Though, they are undeniably the best known, there are several other clubs with a matching reputation as “one percenters”.
The Outlaws motorcycle club is one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1935 in McCook, Illinois, the club first establishes a chapter outside of the United States in 1977, when they plant their flag in Canada. In 1993 they start a chapter in France, after which they quickly expand into the rest of Europe, Australia, and even Japan. And the club continues to look for more territory.
Last week, the trial against five Outlaws MC members got underway in federal court in Richmond, Virginia. The five are charged with several counts of racketeering. Among the men standing trial is Jack Rosga (53), the Outlaws' national president who is being retried on charges of conspiracy to violate racketeering law and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering. The club was allegedly planning an expansion into central Virginia together with Pagans MC.
That expansion would bring them in direct conflict with the Hells Angels who are rumored to already have the area under their control. During the trial there was testimony from an insider: federal agent Jeffrey Grabman had gone undercover as a biker and gained the trust of many Outlaws MC members.
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