Nineteen people were arrested today after 91-count federal indictment accused members and associates of a local chapter of the Hells Angels with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, narcotics violations, Hobbs Act robbery, money laundering , and firearm violations, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbia.
Those arrested were Daniel Eugene "Diamond Dan" Bifield of Leesville; Mark William "Ligtning" Baker of Lancaster; David Channing "Gravel Dave" Oiler of Lancaster; Bruce James "Bruce-Bruce" Long of West Columbia, Richard "Little Mark" Thrower of Lancaster, also known as "Rat"; David "Yard Owl" Pryor of York; James Frederick "Big Fred" Keach Jr. of Pelion; Frank "Big Frank" Enriquez Jr. of Rock Hill; Donald "Brooklyn Donnie" Boersma of Clover; Lisa Ellen Bifield of Leesville; Johanna Looper of York; Kerry Chitwood of Gastonia, N.C.; Carlos Hernandez of Charlotte; Ronald Dean "Big Ron" of Gastonia, N.C.; Trent Allen Brown of West Columbia; Bruce Ranson "Diesel" Wilson of Swansea; Thomas McManus "Uncle Tom" Plyler of Rock Hill; Jamie Hobbs Long of Lancaster; and Somying "Ying " Anderson of West Columbia.
The arrest warrants were served along with the execution of 23 search warrants in North and South Carolina. During today’s operation, law enforcement seized methamphatamine, cocaine, marijuana, pills and approximately 100 firearms, including two automatic machine guns.
"The significance of the extensive and long-term investigative efforts that resulted in the arrests today represent the FBI's continuing commitment to the dismantling of organized criminal organizations," said Special Agent in Charge David Thomas. "By working in a joint environment with federal, state and local counterparts, we send a clear message that such pervasive criminal activities will not be tolerated."
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Rock Hill police chief John Gregory said, "It is important to note that guns are off the street. drugs are off the street and dangerous people are off the street. Those are the things we think are significant."
These arrests follow a two-year interagency investigation by the South Carolina Hells Angels Task Force. Assisting in the investigation and today’s operation were the FBI's Columbia and Charlotte offices, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, Gastonia Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Gaston County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
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