COLUMBIA (WACH)- A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has pleaded guilty to several federal charges.
United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Dan Bifield, also known as Diamond Dan, of the Hells Angelsâ?? Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter in South Carolina, pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy. Bilfield faces up to twenty years in prison as a result of his RICO plea and will be sentenced in March 2013 by United States District Court Judge Cameron McGowan Currie.
Prosecutors showed the Court that Bifield agreed with co-conspirators to participate in an criminal enterprise. The enterpriseâ??s participants were involved through the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter, engaged racketeering 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 activities.
This guilty plea arises from an 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 was the result of a two-year interagency investigation by the South Carolina Hells Angels Task Force (SCHATF), SCHATF includes agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Lexington County Sheriffâ??s Department, Lexington Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Sheriffâ??s Office, and the SC State Law Enforcement Division.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jay N. Richardson and James H. May.