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A member of the Hells Angels biker gang has pleaded guilty to federal charges, just seven months after a major raid in nearly two-dozen homes across North Carolina and South Carolina.
According to court officials, Dan Bifield, a member of the Hells Angels' Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter in South Carolina, pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy on Friday. He faces up to twenty years in prison as a result of his RICO plea and will be sentenced in March 2013.
Bifield, also known as Diamond Dan, was arrested back in June 2012 when federal, state and local law enforcement officers raided homes after a two-year investigation into the motorcycle club's dealings. Nineteen members and associates of the Hells Angels' biker gang were arrested.
The raid took place after a 91 count indictment charging members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, narcotics violations, Hobbs Act robbery, money laundering, and firearm violations.
The arrest warrants were served 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 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," Special Agent in Charge David Thomas told WBTV in June.
According to court officials, records showed that 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, SC.
Among other offenses, the group engaged in narcotics trafficking and money laundering. As part of this enterprise, Bifield received kickbacks in return for illegal activity conducted by other members of the criminal enterprise.
Agents wouldn't confirm the exact locations of the raids in June, but WBTV learned homes and businesses were raids in Gaston County, in North Carolina, along with York County, in South Carolina.