Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic
One man was wounded and dozens arrested this morning in law
enforcement raids across Arizona that targeted outlaw bikers
suspected of bomb-making, murder for hire and narcotics violations.
Carlos Baixauli, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said more than 500 law enforcement
officers took part in the operation, serving warrants on Hells Angels
Motorcycle Club members and other organized crime suspects.
Baixauli said one man was wounded when he confronted Glendale police
SWAT officers as they entered the clubhouse for the Hells Angels'
Cave Creek chapter in the 1100 block of West Ironwood Drive in
Phoenix. The shooting victim, whose name was not released, was being
treated at a hospital.
Baixauli said this morning's raids culminated a two-year
investigation by Phoenix police and BATFE agents who infiltrated
criminal gangs with three undercover officers. He said 40 search
warrants and 36 arrest warrants were served in the synchronized raids
that began at 4:45 a.m.
The list of targets ranged from Kingman to Tucson to Bullhead City,
and included Hells Angels' clubhouses in Phoenix, Flagstaff and Chino
Valley. Assault teams entered homes and other buildings in search of
machine guns, bombs and drugs.
Suspect names were not immediately released, but Bauxauli said Ralph
"Sonny" Barger of Cave Creek, iconic leader of the worldwide Hells
Angels organization, was not among those arrested.
Details of the case were to be released later in the day in a search
warrant affidavit and during a news conference planned by federal