The FBI calls the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club a criminal organization and one of the "Big Four" motorcycle gangs. Now it appears the Pima Count Board of Supervisors is ready to go head to head with the motorcycle club. Pima County, which includes the second largest city in Arizona- Tucson- wants to buy property in South Tucson and turn it into a community market. South Tucson is actually a separate municipality from Tucson proper, but locals consider the two cities the same. The local chapter of the Tucson Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, has another idea and wants to buy the property as well.
Apparently, the motorcycle club is not interested in a community store, but rather a local chapter of the world famous motorcycle club. According to the FBI, that very same world famous motorcycle club engages in wide spread drug trafficking, prostitution, murder, extortion, sex crimes, and trafficking in stolen goods. According the motorcycle club itself, it has 230 chapters in 27 countries and 6 continents. The motorcycle club claims they are just a like minded community of motorcycle enthusiasts, and they are not a organized crime syndicate or criminal gang.
There may be more than a little truth to the Motorcycle Club's defense that the FBI is grandstanding. In an interesting turn of events, the Federal racketeering charges that the FBI brought against the Tucson Chapter of the Hell's Angels were dismissed in March. It seems that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Craig "Fang" Kelly and his friend Henry Watkins.