Translated Ignacio Fernandez
This Monday Spain has once again heard from the Hell’s Angels, the biker gang that arrived in Mallorca in 2009 and that brought with it a large number of illegal activities typical of North American criminal organizations. Since the arrival of these addicts to gasoline and crime, the islands and the Peninsula have seen an increase in drug trafficking and extortion activities, in addition to starring in confrontations with other gangs for control of the drug market.
Monday Tenerife has been surprised at being the protagonist of an event that many people expected did not take place anymore: The Return of the Angels of Hell (Hell’s Angels as the original name), a motorcycle gang whose activities cover a large number of illicit businesses including drug trafficking and prostitution.
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In this case, the Civil Guard has arrested six people linked to the gang. The arrests took place within the framework of the “Jabalí-Vulcano” operation and concluded with the cessation of the activities of the “Canary Islands Chapter”, the name given to this section of the gang that operated on the islands.
During the operation, six properties were registered and two marijuana plantations were intervened in the Guargacho and Garachico areas of Tenerife. A joint for the consumption of marijuana was also registered, located on the Costa de Adeje, strategically erected in the area of greatest concurrence. This place was owned by one of the detainees.
Hell’s Angels, a multicultural biker gang
Among those arrested were two German citizens, a Pole, a Frenchman, a Serb and a Spaniard. All of them with police and judicial records. The authorities have been able to identify that one of them carried out the functions of vigilante in the marijuana plantation and has an extradition order to Serbia for belonging to another band of robbers called the ” Pink Panther “.
On the other hand, the captured French citizen also has an international search warrant issued by his country, in this case for crimes of pimping. All of these members of the Hell’s Angels saw most of their income from the manufacture and trafficking of narcotics. In addition to this they were dedicated to extorting tattoo shops and hostess clubs.
The records reveal that more than 1,000 marijuana plants have been seized , plants prepared for drying and distribution, various tools for the cultivation and preparation of the drug, seven illegal weapons (two air rifles, a taser pistol, an extendable baton , a machete and two knives), a GPS beacon and 20 electronic devices.
Your presence in Spain
The criminal record of this gang in Spain is quite extensive. Since they landed on the island of Mallorca in 2009, they have only had small stops to disappear from the radar of the authorities, but they have always been waiting for the right moment to commit a new crime.
In recent years the Civil Guard has carried out various operations related to this gang, including the 2009 operation in which 25 people were arrested in different parts of the national territory for crimes of illicit association, against public health, threats , illegal possession, trafficking and deposit of weapons, coercion and against flora and fauna.
In 2013, an operation was developed that ended with the arrest of 25 people on the island of Mallorca for crimes of homicide, illicit association, money laundering, drug trafficking, extortion, threats, injuries, related to prostitution, fraud and counterfeiting of documents.
One of the main leaders of the organization in its Mallorcan branch is Frank Hanebuth , from Hannover (Germany), for whom the prosecutor asked earlier this year a sentence of 13 years in prison for criminal organization, threats, laundering and illegal possession. of weapons. A large man full of tattoos, who would have transferred his activities for which he was investigated in Germany to Mallorca. When he learned that he was going to prison in Palma, on July 25, 2013, Franck Hanebuth, far from showing regret, said ” this is an extension of my vacation .”
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In March 2018, the Central Unit for Criminal Gangs learned of an incident in which five members of the gang violently broke into a bar in Cambrils (Tarragona), where there were members of a rival club who were violently attacked with chairs and objects forceful.
On February 26, 2019, the Mossos d’Esquadra carried out a police device with 13 entries at the band’s headquarters in Tarragona and Barcelona, as well as at the homes of the main investigated and establishments related to the cultivation and trafficking of narcotic substances. They arrested nineteen people in Catalonia and the Basque Country, both members of Hell’s Angels MC and other people related to the organization.
At the Tarragona headquarters, various narcotic substances destined for trafficking were seized, and a firearm , abundant documentation, computer equipment and electronic devices were seized with information on the operation, structure and internal regulations of Hells Angels MC, as well as objects and material related to the organization, with Nazi and fascist symbols.
The investigation is still open, the detainees were brought to justice on February 28 and the judge decreed prison for two of those arrested and freedom with precautionary measures for the rest.
Clashes with other gangs
Los Angeles del Infierno are not only dedicated to trafficking and extortion activities, they are individuals who live by and for violence and their continuous confrontations with other gangs have caused serious damage to entertainment clubs in various places in Spain, mainly in Marbella, where apparently the most serious fights of this band have taken place.
As if that were not enough, these fights tend to occur due to the account adjustments that these bikers have pending with other criminal organizations. Hell’s Angels are fond of turning other bands around. The overturns consist of criminal organizations stealing merchandise directly from a rival gang.
Despite the fact that the favorite area and where the band’s headquarters is located is Barcelona, the truth is that the place of greatest activity for the band to carry out the rollovers is Costa del Sol, this because it is one of the areas with increased drug trafficking and the favorite destination of some drug traffickers in the Strait to carry out their activities.