The Rock Hell City Indictment

June 8, 2012

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The racketeering indictment against members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad charter of the Hells Angels suggests that most of the case was made by one ATF or FBI undercover agent and one confidential informant under “the direction of and approval of a federal official.” The indictment refers to criminal acts that were committed as early as 2008 when members of the God’s Few Motorcycle Club became Hells Angels but most of the “racketeering acts” described in the surplusage filled document began in July 2011.

The crimes fall into four familiar categories: Drug sales, firearms sales, money laundering and attempts to corner the local market on contraband sales. The indictment alleges one arson on March 8, 2012 in which the lead defendant in the case., Daniel Eugene “Diamond Dan” Bifield, “willfully and maliciously did set a fire to, burn, and cause to be burned a building and property, which resulted, directly and indirectly, in damage to the building and property.” The charge does not specify what the building did to Bifield.

Although the indictment alleges that the charter was “a criminal enterprise whose members and associates engaged in criminal activity, including narcotics distribution, arson, trafficking in stolen property, money laundering, extortion, prostitution, firearms violations, and conspiracy to do the same it does not contain a single predicate charge related to prostitution. Most news accounts have accused the charter of that crime.

Money Laundering

The indictment alleges 18 separate incidents of money laundering. Each of those counts are related to firearms or drugs sales. A typical example is Racketeering Act 34 which alleges that:

“On or about November 29,2011 through December 5, 2011, in the District of South

Carolina and elsewhere, the Defendants, Daniel Eugene Bifield and Lisa Ellen Bifield a/k/a Lisa Ellen Meyers, a/k/a Lisa Ellen Stockton, with the intent to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership and control of property believed to be the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, knowingly did conduct and attempt to conduct a financial transaction affecting interstate and foreign commerce involving property represented by a law enforcement officer and a person at the direction of and approval of a federal official to be proceeds of specified unlawful activity, to wit: selling and otherwise dealing in narcotic controlled substances.”

These charges all seem to be intended to facilitate the seizure of individual defendants’ bank accounts which, as both prosecutors and defense attorneys know, complicates the task of defending oneself in federal court.

Narcotics Distribution

There are 30 alleged acts of Narcotics Distribution or Attempted Narcotics Distribution. The drugs involved include cocaine, methamphetamine, a couple of flavors of hillbilly heroin (oxycodone and hydrocodone), and a muscle relaxant called clonazepam. All these sales seem to be for small amounts of these drugs except for cocaine. The undercover agent was either buying or selling significant amounts of cocaine.

All of these charges are for “possession with intent to distribute” drugs which seems to indicate that the defendants were buying drugs from one of the two federal spies. A typical racketeering act looks like this:

“On or about July 20, 2011, in the District of South Carolina, the Defendant, James Frederick Keach, Jr., a/k/a Big Fred, knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully did possess with intent to distribute and did distribute a mixture and substance containing clonazepam, a controlled substance sold under the brand name Klonopin, a Schedule IV controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(I) and 841 (b)(2).”


The indictment also betrays that either the federal undercover agent or the confidential informant told his victims that he was a convicted felon. Whoever he was he seems to have been the most enthusiastic gun collector since ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns. Since the gun sales were so numerous and since the “F” in ATF stands for guns, it seems at least possible that the undercover works for the ATF.

Forty-three counts are for the illegal sale or possession of firearms. The indictment alleges the illegal transfer of 70 different firearms including pistols, shotguns and rifles. The indictment does not specify serial numbers for those weapons but it appears that most of those weapons are listed in this bloated indictment twice and seem to be for gun transfers among club brothers. Although “fully functioning machine guns” have been mentioned in news reports none are listed in the indictment.


The last six pages of the indictment address the government seizure of “property or contractual rights of any kind affording a source of influence over the Enterprise” and “Any property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained directly and indirectly from racketeering activity.”

In addition to personal bank accounts the government wants more than $443,000 in cash, nine motorcycles belonging to the accused, a brand new Ford F250 and the old God’s Few MC clubhouse on Doby Bridge Road in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The government is not seeking the forfeiture of any Hells Angels membership marks.



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17 Responses to “The Rock Hell City Indictment”

  1. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Has ATF stopped doing rat and spy work against people who aren’t bikers? I am not being sarcastic (well, okay, sorta) but it seems as though all their energies and all the taxes we pay them are going to biker entrapment. The men in this charter haven’t done anything to me, but I am unwillingly paying for their persecution.

    YYZ Skinhead

  2. Goldsboro Williams Says:

    It still amazes me that they spend millions of dollars and go out of their way to arrest members of clubs for firearms sales, but they do nothing about the roving inner-city street gangs that murder people every day.

    As far as the members being accused of prostitution, but no mention of the alleged crimes – maybe they don’t want to embarrass the ladies who were paying for visits from the club’s members…

  3. Glenn S. Says:

    South Carolina in general and Rock Hill in particular have always been problematic when it comes to overzealous law enforcement. When I was in the penitentiary, Rock Hill seemed overrepresented for a city its size. I looked over a lot of court transcripts and helped with post conviction relief petitions originating in York County and there was a lot of rumor and speculation allowed as evidence, a lot of attempts at mind reading allowed by the judge by the prosecution, and some glaringly faulty logic used to present cases. Hanging judges juries predisposed to convict. One example that comes to mind is State v. Hall, Hall, and Knotts. One of the Halls, accompanied by his brother and a man named Knotts, was driving his pickup truck drunk and struck and killed a man named Funderburke in the parking lot of the local beer joint. Prosecutors charged all three men with murder and won convictions based on the fact that it was known that Knotts, a passenger in the truck, had ill will towards the deceased. Eventually, the state supreme court overturned the conviction, pointing out that the truck only had one steering wheel. I can think of one murder case where the defendants walked: (State v. Brannon, Craig, and Parker) They used out-of-state attorneys.

    Most defense attorneys in SC, especially in the smaller towns, are fixers and not trial lawyers. Their relationships with circuit solicitors (prosecutors) are their strong suit, not their ability to argue a case in court. In SC, state sentences are generally longer than federal sentences for similar offenses. With every new governor, the prisons become more unpleasant. In the last week or so, there was a correctional officer taken hostage at Lee Correctional Institution after the new warden took books and legal papers away from prisoners.

  4. Shyster Says:

    All of these indictments read the same. The Feds will perpetually lurk. They will never just go away. Whether they infiltrate a MC, use an informant, or turn a member in good standing who caught a case on his own, they will always be there. In their minds any patch holder is a domestic street terrorist who is out “to kill our women and children” like that whore Mayor said about the Mongols.

    If a PH must sell an illegal gun or rifle, or deal powder or whatever the fuck in order to truly put food on the table for his family, why not temporarily turn in all your property, clean your house completely of all Club items, let your brothers know what you must do and why, and then do your business away from home and the club.

    This may not be a realistic fix-it but it may be a starting point. I have read 1000’s of police reports where I have seen innocent non crime committing persons gaffled over the act of one or two felony stupid individuals.


  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Glenn S.,

    Yeah, the feds could have just as easily convened a grand jury in the Charlotte Division of the Western District of North Carolina. However, the jury pool in Charlotte is probably less likely to spontaneously form into a lynch mob.


  6. Rebel Says:

    Dear Goldsboro Williams,

    “You know why we go after motorcycle clubs? (Yeah, he said clubs.) Because we can. We can’t get into MS 13 but we can get next to bikers.” Very informed ATF agent to Rebel.


  7. Tooj Says:

    “attempts to corner the local market on contraband sales” talk about your redundant shit.

    Did they list “failure to wear sleeves on their cuts” too? (I know, I know, don’t go giving any ideas out.)

  8. Not Surprised Says:

    Back in the day Rock Hill was ground zero for all kinds of club
    “activity.” Two dominant clubs in Charlotte waged the the longest running, bloodiest “biker war” on US soil…

    Some of those old timers from late 70’s early 80’s are either still active or have been reactivated, but none of the cops are still around. Rock Hill has a really small town mindset and to be honest about it a lot of the local cops were sort of awestruck by the presence of such a fabled MC.

    One of those mentioned in the indictment once appeared on the cover of a biker magazine. The editor and photographer of this magazine wanted to use the York Country courthouse steps as some sort of photogenic backdrop.

    The Mayor had the city cleaning people go out and sweep the steps real good, hook up the newly hung Christmas lights and turn them on and even had a cop car calling traffic at the intersection all for this photo shoot for a well known 1% club guy to be done. Hard to believe I know.

    Later several cops would find a reason to “drop by”: and get their copies autographed. You could not make something like this up lol.

  9. rollinnorth Says:

    Yet another example of federal spies stealing liberty.
    “The photos that the drones will take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the government so long as the ‘recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific, lawful governmental function’ in requiring them. And for the first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them ‘to collect information about U.S. persons.’”
    Wake up, America!

  10. Tooj Says:

    While not completely related, midwestern farmers have had drones flying over their properties for a very long time now. It’s weird when you’re riding the rural blacktops and these things show up. Makes that radar blip in the mind fire hot.

    I’m going to go put on my tinfoil helmet now.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Dear Tooj,

    Most people are unaware of the extent of domestic spying against individuals in the United States. The lead agancy seems to be the Department of Homeland Security. When I asked Dave Burgess who he thought framed him he brought up “Homeland Security.” At first I thought it was a wild answer until I started to look. Homeland Security is behind this new drone program of domestic surveillance which the President officially instituted within the last six months.


  12. Glenn S. Says:

    The biggest and most dangerous criminal enterprise is the US government. And neither political party has any interest in changing things. We’re presently living in some 1970s era futuristic movie about a totalitarian state. One political party limits its definition of “freedom” to the markets and the other to voting blocs like gays and hispanics. The second ammendment only applies to people who have never broken and of the multitude of petty laws. And the monentum assures that things will keep getting worse. It probably won’t be long before websites like this one will just blink out of existance. Government might announce some type of cyber attack by real or imagined enemies. Sooner or later, there will be some sort of terrorist attack and the government will start disappearing people. They will probably start with ex-convicts, bikers, etc.–those whom the citizens will believe they’re better off without.

    Some of my acquaintences think I’m being paranoid, but just looking at the direction a society has gone in recently is a good indicator where its going. Some near-future philosipher might write: “First they came for the one percenters, but I was not a one percenter so I did not object. Then they came for…and then they came for me and there was nobody left to object.” Or maybe: “First they passed the Patriot Act, but I was not a terrorist and was grateful that the government was going to Keep Me Safe. Then they flew drones over my property to protect me from terrorists, but I was not a terrorist and I felt much safer. Then they expanded the meaning of the word ‘terrorist’…”

    Sorry for the digression, y’all, and for the rainy Sunday morning musings. Sympathies and support for the defendants and 81. Fuck the rats, fuck the feds, fuck the po-lice.

  13. BigV Says:

    Glenn: You’re not paranoid. Somebody’s ass has to have been in the grinder of the system before they get it. I didn’t get it, I don’t think until I spent the last 8 months fighting a drug charge on 6 pills I’ve never seen before and other fabricated garbage. I will probably spend 6-8 months in jail because a cop can do anything now in a traffic stop and even if you say nothing and refuse the search- you have no rights.

  14. swampy Says:

    Glen S., I agree with BigV. You are not paranoid….believe me.

  15. Shyster Says:

    Glenn S,

    You are correct, not paranoid. I am off to smile in the wind for a couple of hours where I will attempt to forget (temporarily of course) what has become of this great Nation of ours.


  16. Glenn S. Says:

    Have a nice ride, Shyster. The rain is set in in Greenville, SC, for a couple days. Debating on riding anyway.

    Big V, as the Turks say, may it end quickly.

    I read a lot about the Nazi era. The only difference between then and there and here and now is that the “them” is not based on race, the technology lends itself more to totalitatianism now, and there is no rest of the world to object and do something about it now. If anything is ever to be done, We the People will have to do it.

  17. Spunkiewolf Says:

    Just wanted to say well put, Glenn, on the government. I agree, and you are not Paranoid!!

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