Sunday, March 27, 2016

HA Richard W. Mar pleads guilty

Richard W. Mar, president of the Monterey chapter of Hells Angels, admitted to trafficking 15 kilograms of methamphetamine from 2002 to 2010, helping to transport pound-size parcels of the drug from California for distribution in the Rochester area. The pleas are part of a larger investigation that resulted in the February 2012 indictment and arrest of 10 members and associates of the Rochester and Monterey, California, Angels for drug trafficking and racketeering-related offenses.

The charge carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for June 9.

The leader of the New York drug-trafficking network, James McAuley Jr., vice president of Hells Angels' Rochester chapter, was arrested on federal racketeering charges in April 2007.

The Hells Angels, with about 2,500 members in 27 countries, is regarded by the U.S. government as an international crime gang.