Federal authorities and police in North and South Carolina have arrested 20 alleged members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on drug, weapons and money-laundering charges.
The 16 men and four women, allegedly members of a Hells Angels affiliate called the Rock Hell City Nomads based in York County, S.C., sold drugs, ran prostitution rings and committed arsons, according to authorities. They also sold weapons they knew would be used in crimes, U.S. Atty. Bill Nettles in Columbia, S.C., said in a statement.
Nettles said the gang members promoted "a climate of fear through intimidation, violence and threats of violence.’’
In raids in two states Thursday, police said they recovered stockpiles of drugs and more than 100 weapons, including two automatic machine guns. In a 91-count indictment, authorities identified the alleged gang leaders as Mark William Baker, known as "Lightning," of Lancaster, S.C., and David Allen Pryor, known as "Yard Owl," of York, S.C.
Authorities said the arrests and indictment culminated a two-year investigation into the gang’s activities, centered in South Carolina, with a few members from North Carolina.