February 25, 2005
A former member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has been sentenced in California to life in prison without parole for his part in a methamphetamine ring that extended through the East Valley, according to federal agents.
Daniel Fabricant, 56, of Chatsworth, Calif., was convicted by a jury in July on five federal counts of conspiracy and possession and distribution of methamphetamines. His wife, Rachel Meyer, 23, also was convicted of drug trafficking and conspiracy. She is scheduled to be sentenced in April.
Fabricant’s case stems from a two-year investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, plus other federal, state and local agencies, including Tempe and Mesa police departments, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
It was triggered by a motorcycle gang shootout in 2002 at a casino in Laughlin, Nev., that left three people dead, federal agents said.
In all, more than 50 members of the Hells Angels were arrested in December 2003 as a result of the investigation, which extended as far as Alaska. More than 40 other members of the Hells Angels still face charges in Arizona and Nevada that include conspiracy to commit murder, firearms trafficking, assault and illegal possession of explosives.