Feds hits CK home in Hell's Angel raid
June 11, 2008 · Updated 12:54 PM
A home in Silverdale was part of a massive federal raid on Wednesday that was part of a two-year investigation into the Hells Angels motorcycle club.
According to Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office, at about 5:30-6 a.m., Dec. 3, special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms served a federal search warrant on a residence in the 1100 block of NW Gooseberry Court. The street is in the Ridgetop area about a quarter mile north of Ridgetop Junior High.
The Kitsap County search warrant was part of an ongoing criminal investigation linked to activities of the Hells Angels.
Kitsap County Sheriffs Office provided assistance in executing the search warrant, Wilson said in a press release.
BATF agents reportedly took one adult man into custody related to the Hells Angels investigation.
Three KCSO detectives and one uniformed patrol deputy were on-scene with the BATF agents to provide back up to federal agents executing the warrant.
KCSO deputies also apprehended a second person who was at the residence when the federal search warrant was served.
The second man was identified as Leonard William Brown III, 20. Wilson said he was arrested on an outstanding Kitsap County warrant for forgery and failure to appear in court. Brown was taken to the Kitsap County Jail in Port Orchard and booked on the warrant.
Browns arrest appears to be unrelated to the federal search warrant, Wilson said.
According to CNN reports, federal agents executed search warrants up and down the West Coast linked to the Hells Angels investigation. The gangs San Francisco headquarters was targeted along with several dozen other sites in California, Arizona, Nevada and Alaska. More than three dozen people were arrested during the raids, but names have not been released because federal agents had the arrest records sealed.
In Washington, raids took place in Tacoma, Spokane, Wenatchee and Kirkland.
Wilson said the investigation was tightly controlled and that information about the man arrested on the federal warrant would come from the BATF. At press time, BATF press officers could not be reached for comment.