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By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2011 (San Diego) Updated 10 p.m. -- Keith Slotter, Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego FBI office today announced arrest of 36 people with ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Six defendants were already in custody and four are considered fugitives at this time.


"During this investigation agents and detectives prevented a kidnapping," FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth revealed.


Over 250 law enforcement officers, deputies, and agents from San Diego County participated in arrests and searches of individuals and locations with ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club throughotu San Diego County today.  The raids included searches of 19 locations and led tothe arrests on federal drug charges. The searches resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency, 10 firearms and quantities of drugs.


The charges in this matter stem from a two year-long investigation conducted by the FBI’s Violent Crime Gang Task Force. The investigation focused on the methamphetamine-trafficking and violent crimes committed by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (San Diego Charter) and their criminal partners. As set forth in the complaint, the defendants are members and associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.


The complaint charges the following defendants with Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), 846-Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Michael Edward Ottinger Jr. (1)
David Raymond Garcia (2)
Ernesto Verdugo Jr. (3)
Jonathan Alfredo Garcia-Jara (4)
Robert Cota Jr. (5)
Martin Francisco Moreno (6)
Jaime Mota-Marquillo (7)
Hugo Gomez Flores (8)
Rory Cruz Flanigan (9)
Jason Alex Scanlon (10)
Stephan Paul Vukelich (11)
Eduardo Andres Sarquiz (12)
Juan Antonio Mendez (13)
Philip John Castagnola (14)
Billy Manuel Castellano (15)
Daniel Joseph Seiler (16)
Grant Eugent Bisel Jr. (17)
Cynthia Marie Stephan (18)
Matthew Joseph Mooney (19)
Cheryl Marie Frega (20)
Darrel Lee Cooper (21)
Robert Blaine Hodges (22)
Mercedes Nina Cohen (23)
Bruce Kevin Lambert (24)
Jason Michael Bradford (25)
Douglas Edward Witcher (26)
Phalen Farber (27)
Tina Marie Bray (28)
Derek Ralph Low (29)
Mary Elizabeth Saber (30)
Martin Thomas Forschner (31)
Quinton Lynn Koonce II (32)
Anthony James Medvec (33)
Andre Guy Almarez (34)



Charged in a separate complaint were Patrick James Haggerty and Leo David Garcia, Jr. Both were charged with Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a) (1), 846-Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.


Members of the FBI Violent Crime Gang Task Force are as follows: San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Prisons, National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, San Diego District Attorney’s Office, and San Diego County Probation Department.


Those arrested in today’s operation have been booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) and will have their initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday, September 30, 2011. This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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