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An early morning raid Thursday, June 7, at a motorcycle club on Doby's Bridge Road in Indian Land was part of a massive, two-state law enforcement operation at various Hells Angels-affiliated motorcycle clubs.
Four Lancaster residents were among 19 people arrested during the raids. Locals arrested and charged during the raids include Mark William Baker (aka Lightning), David Channing Oiler (aka Gravel Dave), Richard Thrower (aka Little Mark or Rat) and Jamie Hobbs Long, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
The Lancaster fesidents, along with 15 other people, were arrested after the return of a 91-count indictment charging members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels with racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, various drug violations, robbery, money laundering and weapons charges, the release said.
In addition to the arrests, a joint task force executed 23 search warrants at various locations throughout the Carolinas, including Indian Land, Rock Hill and Gastonia. During the raids, law officers found a wide variety of illegal drugs and about 100 firearms, the release said.
The arrests come on the heels of a two-year investigation by the S.C. Hells Angels Task Force, with help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Columbia and Charlotte Field Divisions, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and various law enforcement agencies in the Carolinas, including Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
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