There was another intelligence gathering raid on a Hells Angels clubhouse in the darkest hour before dawn today. This time it was the Frisco charter clubhouse located in a residential island mostly surrounded by industrial properties in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street near Tubbs Street.
The Frisco charter was founded in 1954 and is the second oldest in the club. It has been the object of numerous police searches in the last 15 years. Some of those searches have seemed to indicate that some San Francisco Hells Angels consume and enjoy illegal recreational drugs. So, naturally, today’s enforcement action at about 5 a.m. featured a drug sniffing dog and a Swat team.
The putative point of the raid was to locate and arrest Charles Nucci, 32, who police accuse of participating in an aggravated assault five months ago. Nucci was in custody by 5:05 a.m. but police lingered at the club house until 8:15, presumably enjoying the Frisco Angels world famous coffee. Helicopter footage broadcast on local television showed police carrying boxes of either club records or San Francisco treats from the location.
As of 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Nucci had been booked into custody but had not yet made his initial appearance before a judge.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told television station KCBS that the whole point of the raid was to arrest Nucci and that it was carried out solely by the San Francisco Police Department’s Gang Task Force without the support or collaboration of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Department of Homeland Security. KCBS did not ask Suhr when or if those federal agencies might be informed of the raid. According to published sources, police did say that an “investigation is active and ongoing.”
Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that neighbors of the club were puzzled by the early morning raid.
A man identified by the Chronicle as L. Perry complained about the repeated raids. “To me, it seems like a lot of police manpower wasted,” Perry said. “We see these raids, but we never hear about any results.” Perry also said the Angels were good neighbors. “I don’t really see anything wrong with what they’re doing down there. They shifted their entrance so they don’t have to come down the residential part of the street, and I appreciate that. They really haven’t been a problem,” he said.
Another neighbor named Stacia Wymen said, “I hear their bikes, but I’ve never seen anybody even hanging out in front. There’s an urban legend in the neighborhood that they keep it clean there. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’ve never heard any wild parties or even seen anyone coming or going.”