MODESTO (CBS13) – The president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Modesto and three others are under arrest for their alleged involvement in a federal drug conspiracy and drug trafficking case.

On Tuesday, several Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in serving search warrants to seven different locations throughout the county; including the Hells Angels Clubhouse on 7th and H Streets in Downtown Modesto.

“I just saw a bunch of cop cars a SWAT truck,” said Salida resident Kamron Hook, who lives near one of the raid locations.

During the search of the club’s building, FBI and ATF agents carried away several plastics bags full of property they seized inside. They also loaded several motorcycles onto flatbed trucks and hauled them away.

This while simultaneously searching a home in Salida where agents discovered a marijuana grow and took one of the persons into custody.

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“We could definitely tell someone was growing marijuana in the neighborhood,” said Hook. “We’d get the whiff or the smell when the wind was just right.”

The office of the U.S. attorney revealed four people were arrested as part of the investigation; including Modesto residents Randy Picchi, 61, president of the club; his wife Tina Picchi, 51; Michael Mize, 61; and Michael Pack, 32, a prospect with the club.

According to court documents, Randy Picchi led a drug conspiracy and directed Tina Picchi to regularly deliver drugs to Mize and other individuals in Ceres. Randy Picchi also enlisted Pack to help obtain methamphetamine on at least one occasion. Documents indicate Pack was stopped by law enforcement and found to have nearly 500 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.

On another occasion, the complaint said Randy Picchi directed Tina Picchi to drive from Modesto to Redding to deliver methamphetamine to a customer. On the way, Tina Picchi was reportedly stopped by law enforcement and found with approximately four ounces of methamphetamine, which officers said she had wrapped in a plastic glove and hidden in a cup of soda.

Members of the Modesto club declined to speak to reporters, but the owners of the property told CBS13 they were in the process of evicting the club.

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They said the family has owned the property since 1992 and added the motorcycle club moved in just about a year ago and members of the family are involved in a property dispute, which is currently under litigation.

An attorney for the Hells Angels, Claire White of Oakland, told CBS13 she questions the timing of the arrests because of federal legislation now under consideration.

“The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Coalitions have been making a major push to organize around the harassment and targeting that they’ve been subjected to by local and higher level law enforcement… and then all of a sudden search warrants and arrests pop up out of the sky,” said White. “The time does seem relatively politically charged, but it’s a little too early to say until we have a look at what the government claims to have uncovered over the course of their investigation.”

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The case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the IRS Criminal Investigation, the Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force, the Modesto Police Department, the Turlock Police Department, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ross Pearson and Laurel Montoya are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the office said, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine.

The defendants are expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday in Fresno.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article mentioned a piece of legislation introduced by Senator Anna Caballero and co-authored by Speaker Pro-tem Kevin Mullin regarding “motorcycle profiling.” The bill, AB 2972, was put in the inactive file by then-Assemblymember Caballero in June of 2018 and is therefore not being “pushed through the legislature” as Hells Angels attorney Claire White previously said. 

Comments (2)
  1. Jeanine Nacarato Messmer says:

    Upsetting, I don’t get it leave these guys alone. There’s a lot more heinous crimes not to mention drugs being sold to children yet police department’s put hours of time in digging for any little thing to hassel their vigilantes. One question do PEACE “Police Officers” refer to yourselfs as Gangs? You all do conjure around many places everything from cigar convention’s, to bars, you drink then you drive a little hypocritical wouldn’t you think. Profiling is NOT legal, Harassment is NOT legal, Driving a completely unmarked car is NOT legal, spreading false information to put fear in our poor society! propaganda all the way, Why? Why? You never hear Hells Angel shoots rounds on the street where children play NO, NO YOU DON’T! They do so much good, the thousand of Good things about these men go unnoticed, but they have a whole show about the bad things that happens in Quebec, We protect what’s right, we practice our rights, we are very respectable to those who are respectful, We will give you the shirt off our back.
    Remember there’s going to be bad seeds everywhere, in corporations, Government, groups, Clubs, and every Dam thing in between. News teams wouldn’t adequately staffed, nor have enough hours in the day to televise the dirty, shameless, things that occur when most “NOT ALL” Police are involved in, much corruptness.

    Concerned in the Central Valley.

    1. Michael Allen says:

      Seriously ? The Hells Angels are one of the biggest meth running organization in the country!

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