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Hells Angels members convicted of federal drugs, weapons charges

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV/AP) -

Three members of the Hells Angels from Rock Hill were convicted on federal weapons and drugs charges.

WBTV cameras were rolling in June 2012 when agents raided a Hells Angels clubhouse in York County. It was one of nearly a dozen similar raids in North and South Carolina.

Neighbors told us then it was nothing but trouble when the group moved in.

One man said, "Gun shots on a regular basis and it's different calibers. It's scary something like this is going on right in your own neighborhood."

In the summer 2012 raids, police seized more than $300,000, 100 weapons, several Harley Davidson motorcycles, and drugs.

Investigators said the crimes tallied in their two-year investigation included drug trafficking, money laundering, and prostitution.

Most of the 19 arrested in the two year investigation have already pleaded guilty or received plea deals, but Rock Hill chapter president Mark Baker, David Oiler of Lancaster, and Bruce Long of the Columbia-area were convicted Thursday after a trial that ran more than five weeks in U.S. District Court in Columbia.

A fourth member, Thomas Plyler of Lancaster, was found not guilty of the three charges against him.

U.S. attorney's spokeswoman Beth Drake said she could not comment on the verdicts because U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie and the jury still have to consider procedural matters in the case.

Federal prosecutors said the Hells Angels were directing a criminal enterprise involving cocaine, methamphetamine and weapons.

All three men are expected to appeal.

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