Biker Gang Members Arrested in Morning Raids
This morning, Massachusetts State Police troopers, federal agents, and local police officers executed multiple arrest and search warrants on the North Shore as part of an investigation into criminal activities of the Hell's Angels and the Red Devils motorcycle clubs.
Four suspects were arrested in the raids, which began just after 6 a.m.:
-SEAN BARR, 47, of Lynn;
-MARC ELIASON, 35, of Danvers and Lynn;
-NIKOLIS AVELIS, 54, of Gloucester; and
-BRIAN WEYMOUTH, 40, of Danvers.
Evidence indicates that BARR and ELIASON are Hell's Angels, and that AVELIS and WEYMOUTH are Red Devils. The Hell's Angels and Red Devils clubs are friendly with each other.
Two other suspects remain at-large and are actively being sought.
The warrants were the result of an investigation conducted by the North Shore Gang Task Force, which includes State Police, federal law enforcement agents, and local police. Charges on all six subjects are kidnapping, mayhem, and extortion. The warrants were issued out of Newburyport District Court. The suspects were indicted later today, moving their cases up to Essex Superior Court in Salem.
The charges stem from acts committed against one victim, a male. No further details about the victim or the crimes committed against him are being released.
Among the locations raided this morning were a Hell's Angels clubhouse in Lynn and a Red Devils clubhouse in Byfield. Evidence by State Police crime scene services was collected at certain locations. The State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, the department's heavily armored unit used to conduct high-risk entries and arrests, was utilized in the raids.
During the arrest of AVELIS at his Gloucester home, police secured several firearms. AVELIS has an active license to carry, which will be reviewed by Gloucester Police in light of his arrest.
During the course of the warrant executions, police developed additional information leading them to obtain additional search warrants for locations in Danvers and Lynn. The search in Danvers of an address connected to ELIASON led to the discovery of a large amount of ammunition and various pills.
All four suspects were arraigned in the Newburyport District Court today and were ordered held without bail pending a March 20 dangerousness hearing. Their cases are being prosecuted by the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
The investigation, which began several months ago, is ongoing. In addition to the State Police STOP Team, other agencies and units taking a lead role in today's events were the FBI, State Police Gang Unit, State Police Crime Scene and Ballistics technicians, State Police chemists, State Police Troop A uniformed patrols, and local police from Danvers, Lynn, Byfield, Gloucester, and other North Shore towns.
Nothing further is being released at this time.