Lexington Hells Angels vice president guilty to racketeering conspiracy

dprice@thestate.comJanuary 4, 2013 

— One of 20 members of the Hells Angels biker gang operating in the Midlands has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.

"Diamond" Dan Bifield of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the gang faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy in federal court, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

During court it was revealed that Bifield and fellow gang members all agreed to commit various crimes, including drug trafficking and money laundering, in areas from Rock Hill to Lexington, the release states. Bifield, the gang's vice president at the time of his arrest in July, also received kickbacks from crimes other gang members committed.

Nineteen other members of the gang were arrested on charges including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, robbery, arson and firearms trafficking. Including Bifield, seven of those arrested were from Lexington County.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with local law enforcement agencies in Lexington and York counties.

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