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23 Hells Angels members charged in methamphetamine bust

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than two dozen members and associates of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang were charged Friday with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The 23 men and two women, who were rounded up Thursday around San Diego County, were ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major to return to court Monday for the setting of bail amounts.

About 250 local, state and federal law enforcement personnel, including SWAT teams, took part in Thursday's regional sweep beginning around 6 a.m., FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said.

In addition to those taken into custody during raids of 19 locations in the county, another six were already behind bars in the case, and four suspects remain at large, according to Foxworth.

"The searches resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency, 10 firearms and quantities of drugs," he said. "During this investigation, agents and detectives (also) prevented a kidnapping."

The federal charges stem from a two-year probe, led the FBI's Violent Crime Gang Task Force, into drug-dealing and violent crimes allegedly committed by members of the Hell's Angels' San Diego-area chapter.

The defendants include one who already faces a murder charge and various assault counts in state court. Michael Edward Ottinger is accused of fatally stabbing a rival in March 2010 at a Hillcrest taco shop.

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