Four alleged members of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were arrested on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after they were observed committing traffic violations while leaving a holiday toy drive, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
The men were taken into custody about 1:30 p.m. Sunday after they left the Christmas event at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks near Ojai, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
They were among about a dozen motorcyclists in Hells Angels patches driving south on Maricopa Highway toward North Ventura Avenue in Mira Monte, according to the release. Deputies conducted an enforcement stop nearby (map) after seeing traffic violations.
During the “subsequent investigation,” deputies found two concealed loaded firearms, methamphetamine and brass knuckles.
Noah Tedesco, 30, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm and being under the influence of a controlled substance, the news release stated.
Stefan Amann, 40, of Lake Elsinore was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
John Saucedo, 29, of Orange, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle.
Thomas Holt, 44, of Harbor City, was arrested on suspicion of the possession of brass knuckles.
The four men were booked into Ventura County Main Jail.
Tedesco was being held on $130,000 bail and was due in court Tuesday. Inmate records indicated he was held on suspicion of additional charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, “street terrorism” and being a participant in a criminal street gang.
Amann was also being held — on $100,00 bail — and was due in court Tuesday. He was additionally held on suspicion of “street terrorism,” inmate records showed.
Saucedo and Amann were released Monday and had later court dates.
The Hells Angels are deemed a criminal “outlaw motorcycle gang” by the U.S. Department of Justice.