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Six search warrants served on Hells Angels motorcycle gang

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 | 5:26 p.m.

Metro Police served six search warrants today on residences and clubhouses allegedly linked to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Police and SWAT members swarmed a Hells Angels clubhouse in the 800 block of Torrey Pines Drive, which shut down traffic at Washington Avenue in northwestern Las Vegas at about 6 a.m. today.

Other addresses where police searched in addition to the clubhouse included 4905 Cannon Blvd., 5205 Your Ave., 6424 Fisher Ave., 4389 Bluecrest Road, all in Las Vegas, and 927 Center St., in Henderson.

Police weren't releasing details about their investigation or what they seized while executing the search warrants. Police are continuing their investigation, Metro Officer Barbara Morgan said.

Recent activity involving rival motorcycle gangs in Las Vegas occurred late last year when two groups confronted each other at a downtown Las Vegas wedding chapel.

Two people were taken to University Medical Center on Dec. 20, 2008, after being stabbed at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel on Fourth Street, police said.

One motorcycle gang was attending the wedding of two of its members when a rival gang showed up for a wedding ceremony an hour later, police said. Once the two groups came face to face, a fight broke out, leading to the stabbing. Police have surveillance video of the incident.

The Hells Angels have been a presence in Las Vegas for decades and that includes an estimated 900 motorcycle gang members and their associates living in Las Vegas, according to police.

An April 2002 shootout inside Harrah's Laughlin casino killed three bikers, Salvador Barrera, Robert Tumety and Jeremy Bell, as the Hells Angels and the Mongols clashed.

Forty-two members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2003 in Las Vegas on charges stemming from that gun battle. But a Nevada Supreme Court decision in March 2006 overruled conspiracy charges in the case.

For more than a quarter-century motorcycle clubs have gathered in Laughlin in the spring for an annual River Run, which is where the deadly shooting occurred in 2002.

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