Philadelphia police announced this week that another member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club has been charged with multiple crimes.
Daniel “Dirty Dick” McElheney, 64, was arrested after his home was raided February 4th. A search of McElheney’s home turned up 62 Xanax tablets, 17 oxycodone pills, six rifles and ten handguns. McElheney had lost the prescription for the Xanax and oxycodone. One of the rifles, according to police, did not have a serial number. Police also claim that two of the handguns were stolen.
Police claim McElheney is the Recording Secretary for the Warlocks.
A Little History
The Warlocks are one of the first Philadelphia motorcycle clubs. They have always been a separate and distinct entity from the better known and larger Warlocks Motorcycle Club with a mother chapter in Florida. Philly Warlocks wear a Harpy on their backs. A Harpy is a mythological Greek monster.
The Philly Warlocks reached their berserker zenith in the early 70s under the leadership of the legendary Robert “Mudman” Simon. Mudman Simon had been a member of an Upper Darby fraternal organization called the Warlords. Many of the Warlords went on to become Warlocks.
Old timers may recall that not only did you not know what Mudman might do next. Mudman seemed not to know quite what he was going to do next. Mudman Simon eventually lost a fight under ironic circumstances in Trenton State Prison in New Jersey in 1999 and died.
By the mid 1980s most of the original Warlocks patch holders were either dead or in prison.
Ongoing Law Enforcement Drama
McElheney’s arrest last week is part of an ongoing campaign the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been prosecuting against members of the Warlocks and members of the Breed Motorcycle Club in metropolitan Philadelphia and Bucks County. The law enforcement drama has been going on now for about 15 months.
Last year, Tommy Zaroff, 34, a well respected member and former President of the Bucks County chapter of the Warlocks was arrested for suspicion of possessing ten pounds of methamphetamine. After his arrest, Zaroff was reported to have patched over to the American Outlaws Association, commonly called the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.
Late last year, more than a dozen members of the Breed and the Warlocks were arrested for conspiring to sell very large quantities of methamphetamine for stupendous amounts of money. The case is largely the work of a Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General named Kishan Nair. And, at the time of the arrests last year Nair claimed to have wiretapped conversations that proved that the Breed and the Warlocks were in cahoots.