The Other South Carolina HA Case

November 14, 2012

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There are two ongoing cases against members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in South Carolina. Federal prosecutors seem to be trying to win the one titled United States versus Bifield et al. The other case, titled Operation Red Harvest was probably never more than a publicity stunt to get an interim police chief a permanent appointment.

The stunt was in Horry County, South Carolina which includes and surrounds Myrtle Beach – a resort on the make that expends an awful lot of effort building its brand and polishing its image. Myrtle Beach shut down a major motorcycle run called Myrtle Beach Bike Week in 2010 with draconian noise, helmet and loitering prohibitions. Then the next year the city was proud to serve as the location for the HBO series Eastbound and Down about a fictional stoner, egomaniac and baseball pitcher named Kenny Powers.

Powers spoke for bikers everywhere when he voiced this judgment of South Carolina’s best known party place: “I can take a hint. These people have been acting like assholes, so I don’t want to party here either. Fucking get off of me, thank you. Fuck this party!”

Operation Red Harvest

Operation Red Harvest was a name given to a collection of 226 criminal complaints brought against 34 people. Many of the accused had ties to the Hells Angels or the Red Devils. It was also the name given to an 18 month long investigation that began after a member of one of the clubs was expelled and ordered to black out or remove his club tattoos. After some of his former club brothers took the informant aside and reasoned with him he went to the police and complained that he had been kidnapped and assaulted.

The ex-brother also confessed that a prospective member was growing marijuana and some of the club members were selling it. Verifying this gripping and important story took a year and a half and culminated in a series of raids last April 30. Police told local television journalists they had seized “three bales” of marijuana and three dead marijuana plants. The actual weight of this drug bust has never been described.

Police also seized personal computers, cell phones, cash, a scale, surveillance cameras, legal firearms, a bullet proof vest, filing cabinets, club meeting minutes, other club records, thumb drives, a satellite dish, two sets of brass knuckles, Hells Angels cuts, two printers, a glass pipe, more than 200 tee shirts, earrings, framed photos, old Christmas cards, burned trash and “a plastic baggie” containing “a white rock-like substance.”

Biker, Reefer Menace Defeated Thanks To…

The interim police chief, Saundra Rhodes, bragged “We believe this will have a significant impact on the Hell’s Angels. In my 18 years with the department I’ve never seen a grand jury investigation that netted 226 indictments…. This is a pretty big deal.”

A local prosecutor named Greg Hembree told the cameras, “It’s going to take up a lot of their (the defendants) time and energy and resources to defend these charges.” And, it certainly has. And it was a big deal for Rhodes who was permanently appointed Horry County Police Chief in September.

But two months after that none of the accused yet has a trial date. Eighty-five percent of the assets and goods seized last April have been returned to their owners. Records pertaining to the motorcycle clubs have never been returned and have been fed into the great, all devouring maw of the Homeland Security fusion center network.

A defense attorney named John Hilliard who is representing some of the defendants told television station WPDE “As I’ve gone through this process, I’ve found all those charged polite, hardworking, cooperative members of the community with jobs, families and work and that they are all responsible citizens.”

So far the case has not had “a significant impact on the Hell’s Angels” but it has had a significant impact on the lives of “polite, hardworking, cooperative members of the community.” And Saundra Rhodes got the job.



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18 Responses to “The Other South Carolina HA Case”

  1. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Tee shirts? Earrings? A satellite dish? Old Christmas cards?? Sheeyit, I am so glad as a taxpayer that I am paying for the theft of those deadly items. Funny, I have never heard of bikers (in fact, I have never heard of anyone) using satellite dishes and tee shirts to kill people. I suppose I was just naïve.

    YYZ Skinhead

  2. akwyoutahclay Says:

    Ohh great an angry affirmitive action black woman, police chief . Yikes ! she looks like a real ball buster, what a joke .

  3. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    There is nothing wrong with being an angry black woman. A nazi pig is a nazi pig regardless of skin color.

    YYZ Skinhead

  4. akwyoutahclay Says:

    True ,except nazis did not have affirmitive action

  5. Link Says:

    Petition signed.

    Unaffiliated Biker Trash

  6. Glenn S. Says:

    No, YYZ Skinhead, there’s nothing wrong with angry black women. But an angry black female cop that just got put in charge, that’s another story. Think I’ll find somewhere else to take my disposable income.

  7. Junior Says:

  8. Tricky Tramp Says:

    With regard to the Petition that is being urged on this site:
    As far as I can find out, Junior has had no sanction from any Club member to start the Petition. More importantly, nor from Dan himself. This is not the sort of thing that Dan would approve of and if he even thought about a Petition it certainly wouldn’t be only about him and would include his wife Lisa and fellow accused.
    At best the Petition is ill thought out and at worst I consider it interference.
    People who interfere in any Clubs business usually do more harm than good and it is considered very disrespectful to interfere.
    Junior and Bi-polar, you have both been given my mail address by Rebel as I wanted to know the origin and permission of this Petition, so far no response.
    If a future Petition is ever mounted for this or any other cause it will be very obvious that it is official.
    I do not consider this one official, so I will not be signing it.
    Respects to those worthy of it.

  9. Tricky Tramp Says:

    Petition update:
    Diamond Dan don’t want it. didn’t ask for it.
    Respects to those worthy.

  10. Junior Says:

    Tricky Tramp:
    Apparently you don’t communicate with Dan. Dan did ask me to write this petition. That is the ONLY reason I wrote it. …as far as someone giving me your email address…why would/should I contact you? -Junior

  11. BigV Says:

    Junior: Why don’t you contact him privately as he requested ? It would be more productive to that instead of making a show of it on here for the cops, the prosecutors, and other aggressive parties.

    Tricky Tramp doesn’t need me to speak for him, but he’s the guy running their Brothers Behind Bars efforts, and he’s a 40 year plus patch holder. He’s kept his comments on here in regards to this petition strictly businesslike. He’s earned his respect for those reasons alone, and, he tried to contact you privately before he addressed the issue via three very professional, very concise posts.

    Bikers don’t air shit in public, he only took to this forum because backchannel didn’t work.

    Get his info and take it off this public area before it comes to something that will aid those who wish to the biker world harm.


  12. rollinnorth Says:

    Well said, BigV. Thank you. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this is a public forum, with all sorts looking in.


  13. Jim666 Says:

    @ Tricky Tramp
    Thanks for clearing this up .

    Respects to you & your wife


  14. Junior Says:

    Nothing got cleared up. Tricky Tramp’s statement “Diamond Dan don’t want it. didn’t ask for it” is incorrect. -Junior

  15. Junior Says:

    Your advice is appreciated, well spoken and well received.

    Unfortunately my email address was out of service for almost the last 7 days and never knew he wanted to contact me until last night. S/F -Junior

  16. Jim666 Says:

    @ Junior It seems that there is some clearing up to be done, if two differnt people are saying differnt things about the same thing, I know who TrickyTramp is I know who his wife is,tho I`ve never had the honer to meet them in person, they both have validation, however I have signed the petition , at any rate this is between you and Tramp, hope this gets where it needs to go for Dan,s and all the rest sake,

  17. Chip Says:

    Junior &All:

    I’ve been refraining from comments on this website for reasons I cannot provide but for which are valid and true. And, as much as I am reluctant to do so now , please be advised that Tramp and Izzy are both authentic and long standing friends of Dan and myself. For the sake of all concerned, it would be best if the petition was eliminated as soon as possible. You have my personal cell number should you need to speak with me about this. I’ll be in my shop all day working on my bike should you wish to stop by and speak in person. The petition has no potential for good and could very well hurt the case as well as all those who have signed it. Regardless of your well meant intentions, the right thing to do now is to terminate it at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation. -Chip

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