News Item: FBI raids SR locations in search of Hells Angels leader
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Saturday 03 June 2006 - 14:29:07

By DEREK J. MOORE; THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Scores of federal agents and other law enforcement officers raided five locations in Santa Rosa early Friday searching for the leader of the local Hells Angels motorcycle club, authorities said.

Raymond Michael Foakes, 42, was being sought on suspicion of drug possession and distribution. His whereabouts were still unknown as of mid-morning Friday, San Francisco FBI spokeswoman LaRae Quy said.

She declined to go into greater detail about the allegations against Foakes, saying the federal warrant seeking his arrest was sealed.

But she did say the case is connected to a larger criminal investigation that resulted in the arrest of two high-ranking Hells Angels members in San Francisco in April.

“It’s definitely related,” she said.

Foakes was previously arrested in 2003 in connection with a violent confrontation between members of the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle club at Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin, Nev. in April 2002.

He was one of 42 Hells Angels members indicted in the United States District Court in Las Vegas on federal racketeering and firearms charges.

On Friday, armed FBI swat team members raided a Hells Angels clubhouse at 517 Frazier Street at about 5 a.m. Friday, Quy said.

Authorities also stormed Foakes’s home at 748 Mill Street, as well as 747 Mill, 663 Mill and 895 Sonoma Ave.

A sixth address outside of Santa Rosa also was searched but Quy did not provide the address.

She said authorities sought evidence at the addresses including drugs and weapons.

About 70 law enforcement officers participated in the raids, including officers from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. The California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol and Beverage Control also helped, she said.

On April 20, the president of the Hells Angels Frisco Chapter and sergeant-at-arms were arrested following FBI raids on 19 Bay Area locations.

Federal authorities said the men were involved in a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise involving methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
The Press Democrat Santa Rosa,Calif.
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