Federal Drug Charges Filed Against Three Members of Hells Angels, Including Former President of Las Vegas Chapter
Las Vegas, Nev. – Three men, all of whom were members of the Hells Angels, and one of whom was President of the Las Vegas chapter, have been charged with federal drug trafficking charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. Two of the men were also charged with additional drug or firearm crimes.
Keith Hare, 41, Miguel Macias, 32, and Paul Seifert, 44, all of Las Vegas, were indicted by the federal grand jury on November 1, 2011. They were arrested without incident in Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Macias and Hare appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach yesterday afternoon, and pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance bonds pending trial. Seifert is scheduled to appear before Judge Ferenbach at 3:00 p.m. today.
All three men are charged in a criminal indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. Seifert is also charged in a separate indictment with the sale of a shotgun to a person who had previously been convicted of a felony and with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and Macias is charged in a separate indictment with three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The conspiracy indictment alleges that on May 2, 2008, Macias and Seifert, then members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle gang, met with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and agreed to provide security for the undercover agent during a cocaine purchase. Macias and Seifert indicated they had experience providing security for similar transactions, and Seifert indicated he was president of the local Hells Angels chapter. On May 8, 2008, all three defendants met the undercover ATF agent at a hotel room in Las Vegas. Other ATF agents and law enforcement officers arrived at the hotel room and posed as sellers for 10 kilograms of cocaine. The undercover ATF agent purchased the cocaine, and the defendants were paid $3,000 for their "work."
The second indictment against Seifert alleges that on December 4, 2007, he possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and that on May 13, 2008, he sold a 12-gauge shotgun to a convicted felon.
The second indictment against Macias alleges that on February 27, March 19, and April 8, 2008, he possessed at least five grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute
If convicted , the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine.
The case is being investigated by ATF and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Duncan.
The public is reminded that an indictment is a preliminary charging document and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.