Hells Angels Member Dan Bifield Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges
Diamond Dan, one of 20 Hells Angels members and associates arrested last year as part of an interstate raid targeting their Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter, has entered a plea of guilty in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina.
Early Life and Education
Diamond Dan’s arrest for violating federal gun possession law while a Hells Angel member threw him into an unfamiliar world, far different from what he expected. After appearing in a Hartford Courant story detailing racial rape of young white inmates at Bridgeport Correctional Center, he became an easy target because of his refusal to tolerate these abuses as an Angel; jailers despised him. Later he developed kidney stones; when federal officials denied treatment he took advantage of an opening to escape.
After traveling to the Bahamas and sending his photo to his former prosecutor – now a United States Senator – it all escalated from there. A campaign of public shaming ensued against his behavior.
Bifield found other means to support himself while forgoing professional careers; he formed the God’s Few Motorcycle club in 2008 before moving to South Carolina where he married again.
Prosecutors allege he and a co-conspirator sold cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription pain pills. Investigators also confiscated over 100 guns from his biker gang.
Bifield recently pleaded guilty to racketeering and is facing more than 20 years in prison. He filed a misconduct claim against the prosecution, alleging they fed his wife lies to turn her against him; it remains to be seen if they pursue this claim or not. As Scripture indicates, those whom God loves he disciplineth; surely Bifield learned this lesson when escaping prison once already while remaining alive!
Achievement and Honors
Dan Bifield, better known by his moniker Diamond Dan and leader of Hells Angels Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter in Columbia, South Carolina, today admitted his participation in an ongoing criminal conspiracy involving racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering activities. When sentenced he faces up to 20 years imprisonment.
On September 23, 1981, Bifield managed to gain entry to an adjoining cell while waiting sentencing at Bridgeport state jail in Connecticut, escape, and then flee for the Bahamas before being captured weeks later and returned back into U.S. jurisdiction.
He has been an active Hells Angels member for 38 years, founding their Bridgeport charter club. Convicted of federal gun and extortion charges in 1981, he served 27 years in prison before his release.
On September 23, 1981, Bifield and three other inmates from Bridgeport state jail in Connecticut made an escape attempt and later their body was found floating in New York’s East River – later identified as Bifield’s.
He pleaded guilty to leading the Hells Angels Rock Hell City Nomad chapter in South Carolina and prosecutors claim he ran a criminal enterprise which sold cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, illegal medical marijuana and other substances. Furthermore, this gang trafficked in stolen vehicles, committed arson acts and laundered hundreds of thousands in cash.
He told the judge he had participated in acts such as extortion, loan sharking and other crimes with no intent of hurting others; rather, he desired serving his sentence and moving forward with life with Lisa as his wife.
Dan Bifield, better known by his moniker Diamond Dan was arrested along with other members of Hells Angels Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter for conspiring to violate federal racketeering laws, drug offenses, Hobbs Act robbery and money laundering activities – following an 18 month long investigation.
The FBI claimed the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter ran an illegal enterprise engaged in cocaine, methamphetamine and firearm trafficking. Their leadership coordinated these illegal activities and received kickbacks from underlings as payment.
Bifield was found guilty and sentenced to 210 months for racketeering conspiracy; he will reach 78 before becoming eligible for release. Additionally, Lisa (known as Coco ) Bifield received an 84 month prison term as her part in criminal activities.