SC Hells Angels ringleader sentenced to 17 years

A leader of a South Carolina chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for his role in a drug and weapons crime ring.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 61-year-old Dan Bifield was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Columbia. Bifield had pleaded guilty to a single count of racketeering conspiracy and has past felony convictions including extortion, escape from prison and attempted money laundering.

A June 2012 raid across South Carolina and North Carolina led to the arrests of 20 people on allegations of cocaine and narcotics conspiracies and violence centered on the Rock Hill chapter. Several other members have been convicted or pleaded guilty.