COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One of twenty members and associates of the Hells Angels who was arrested during an operation last year has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Dan Bifield, a/k/a Diamond Dan, of the Hells Angels' Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter in South Carolina, faces up to twenty years in prison as a result of his RICO plea.
According to prosecutors, Bifield agreed with co-conspirators to participate in an criminal enterprise. The enterprise's participants, who were associated through the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter, engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity across the state from Rock Hill to Lexington, prosecutors said.
Among other offenses, the group engaged in narcotics trafficking and money laundering, according to prosecutors. As part of this enterprise, Bifield received kickbacks in return for illegal activity conducted by other members of the criminal enterprise, prosecutors said.
This guilty plea arises from a superseding indictment charging twenty members and associates of the Hells Angels with racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, robbery, arson, and firearms trafficking.
The indictment resulted from a two-year interagency investigation by the South Carolina Hells Angels Task Force (SCHATF), which includes agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Lexington Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Sheriff's Office, and the SC State Law Enforcement Division.
The arrest warrants were served in June, 2012 along with the execution of 23 search warrants in North and South Carolina. During the operation, law enforcement seized methamphatamine, cocaine, marijuana, pills and approximately 100 firearms, including 2 automatic machine guns.
According to the indictment, The Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels had a support motorcycle club named the Red Devils Motorcycle Club (RDMC). The RDMC River City Chapter utilized a clubhouse at 5622 Highway 302 in West Columbia. Support clubs, according to prosecutors, are feeder clubs for the main Hells Angels chapters.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jay N. Richardson and James H. May.
Bifield will be sentenced in March by United States District Court Judge Cameron McGowan Currie.