The following story was originally published at 2:57 Pacific Time on February 12 and was corrected at 8:43 a.m. Pacific Time on February 13 as follows: Hells Angels Motorcycle Club member Noah Tedesco was not arrested during the raids as previously stated. The original story relied on the veracity of a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release. The police lied. The Aging Rebel regrets the error.
Police in Southern California served search warrants yesterday at 3 a.m. on 17 locations including the Berdoo charter clubhouse of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club at 1908 Medical Center Drive in San Bernardino.
The raids have been played as a Hells Angels story in both the Riverside Press-Telegram and the San Bernardino County Sun. The Aging Rebel has been unable to verify that angle.
At least one member of the Riverside charter of the club were arrested during the raids. He is John Saucedo. Saucedo was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies in December as he and five other members of the club returned from a toy run at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks, California. The group of riders was stopped, deputies said, because they were “following too close in a pack” and everyone was then searched. Saucedo was charged with carrying a loaded forearm in his saddlebags.
Yesterday, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Saucedo was charged with a firearms offenses with gang enhancements.
According to an account by Doug Saunders in the Sun, “authorities stormed” the Berdoo clubhouse “arresting at least one member of the motorcycle club and confiscating a shotgun as well as what they believe to be narcotics in powder form.”
According the Sheriff’s press release, the raids were “all related to recent gang violence and unsolved violent crimes associated with local gangs…. The operation resulted in the recovery of 19 firearms, of which several were suspected as stolen, including an illegally possessed assault rifle. In addition to the firearms, the following items of evidence were recovered during the multiple search warrant services: narcotics, stolen property, and a stolen motorcycle.”
Two other defendants in addition to Saucedo were charged with gang enhancements. Those defendants are Eric Clauss and Jacinto Saucedo Jr.