Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Hells Angels’ is Not Your Local Elks Club

For those who think that outlaw motorcycle gangs, and the Hells Angels’ in particular, are not much more than an ugly wart on society, think again. They are a criminal cancer growing in and sucking the vitality out of society. A former San Diego Hells Angels’ member is convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A former high-ranking member of the San Diego Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to murder rival motorcycle gang members and distribute drugs.
Mark Alan Toycen, the ex-Master-At-Arms for the Hells Angels in San Diego, pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to commit to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said:

“The Hells Angels in San Diego are a gang that has brought violence and drugs to our streets for years,” … “Taking down their leadership is a public service.”

Some of these outlaw bikers can be quite personable. But, to hang around them is akin to sideling up to a rabid dog.