'Hells Angels' members arrested

2002-11-09 13:46

Johannesburg - Four men, allegedly members of the Hells Angels motorcycle group, were arrested in Johannesburg on Friday night for various crimes, including drug-making, police said on Saturday.

Crime intelligence divisional commissioner Rayman Lalla said three of the men, aged between 30 and 45, were arrested in Sandton for allegedly operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

Items seized included an unlicensed shotgun, rifle and handgun, a large quantity of unlicensed ammunition, three plastic packets containing the drug CAT, one plastic packet of dagga, three money bags containing cocaine, a small quantity of Ecstasy tablets, and various chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of CAT.

Lalla said the three would appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday. They would be charged with manufacturing and dealing in illicit narcotics as well as the possession of unlicensed arms and ammunition.

The men were arrested following an intelligence operation by members of the organised crime unit, the SA Police Service, and the police's head office in Pretoria.

The fourth man was arrested in Primrose Hall, near Bedfordview after he was allegedly found in possession of three superbikes that were suspected to have been stolen. Police also seized 103 Ecstasy tablets, a small quantity of cocaine and CAT, as well as one unlicensed handgun with a silencer and ammunition.

Lalla said the drugs seized had a street value of about R6 000 and the superbikes about R1-million.

The man will appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Monday.

He said the police believed that "criminal elements" in the Hells Angels were involved in transnational organised crime.

"These crimes are committed globally. The SA Police Services are working with our counterparts in Australia, Canada and The Netherlands in dealing with these crimes related to the Hells Angels group," Lalla said.