Busting Hell's Angels

A drug raid lands more than 100 suspected wheeling dealers

With their studded leather jackets, their taste for swastikas and grisly death's-heads, their pulsing choppers, their scraggly beards and their penchant for violence, the Hell's Angels in the 1960s became the nightmarish flip side of the American dream. During the 1970s, however, they attempted to scrub their outlaw image, depicting themselves as a peaceable, nationwide "family" united by a love of the open road. Last week, as some 1,000 heavily armed law-enforcement agents in 50 locations around the country swooped down and arrested more than 100 Angels, the once chaotic band of bikers was depicted by authorities as a family, all...

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