Multiple motorcycle gang members arrested by task force
25 members of motorcycle gangs were arrested today after 4-year investigationPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference Thursday to announce multiple arrests involving members of motorcycle gangs.
The arrests were made after a four-year investigation that also involved the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and officers from Henderson, North Las Vegas and California.
During this time, multiple undercover agents and officers infiltrated the targeted motorcycle gangs on numerous occasions.
As a result, 32 people have been charged with a variety of federal and state violations related to firearms, drugs, extortion, distribution of controlled substances, theft, obtaining money under false pretenses, and battery with substantial bodily harm.
"Illegal guns, illegal drugs and violent criminals are now off the streets," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
25 people were arrested during raids Thursday morning. Several out-of-state arrests were made as a result of this infiltration in California, Utah, Arizona, Texas, New York and Hawaii.
"We're looking for people who are prone to utilizing violence in their activities," said Joseph Riehl, special agent in charge for the ATF's San Francisco field office.
As a result of the raids, 43 firearms, including two short-barrel rifles, were seized. In addition, law enforcement recovered 7.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 161 grams of cocaine, more than 2000 pills, and approximately $8,100.
Multiple vehicles were also seized.
Three of the men arrested in Las Vegas on state charges were George Ward, Chad Kruger and Steven Shaw.
Three additional suspects were taken into custody in Hawaii and the seventh suspect arrested on state charges has yet to be processed by the Clark County Detention Center.
Ward was arrested for sale of schedule 1 or schedule 11 controlled substance and Kruger and Shaw were both arrested for theft (with gang enhancement), insurance fraud (with gang enhancement), conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
"When we can culminate an arrest of this nature and take this many suspects into custody, this helps decrease the violence in our community," said Asst. Sheriff Greg McCurdy.
More than 200 law enforcement officers and agents participated in Thursday's raids. Approximately 100 of those officers were from other jurisdictions.