Yuma bike gang linked to criminal activity

Yuma bike gang linked to criminal activity

YUMA, Ariz. – A three year investigation involving the Sons of Hell Motorcycle Gang has led to four arrests after finding evidence linking them to criminal activity.

5:56 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 17th Detectives from Yuma, Pinal, and Pima counties served five search warrants in Yuma. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) issued one search warrant in Casa Grande, and two in Tucson. One of the search warrants was served at the Yuma Sons of Hell club house.

At this time officials say the investigation is still on going. GIITEM detectives are actively searching for other outstanding suspects.

The four suspects arrested are accused of aggravated assault and participation in a criminal street gang. Bernard Daley, 41, of Yuma and Manuel Valenzuela, 36, of Somerton were booked into the Yuma County Jail.

Daley has posted bond at $50,000,  Valenzuela was released.

Sergeant Robert Telles, GIITEM, said, “This Department works diligently on deterring and dismantling the illegal activities of criminal gangs or motorcycle gangs.”

The other two suspects were Adam Odya, 45, of Casa Grande who was booked into the Pinal County Jail and Matthew Slanina, 29, of Tucson who was booked into the Pima County Jail.

Odya is part owner of the Sons of Hell Corporation.

Captain David Nilson, GIITEM, further stated, “We will continue to relentlessly pursue fighting against criminal acts committed against the citizens of Arizona.”

Officials say there were no drugs or weapons found after serving the search warrants.

“The evidence that was located during these search warrants were linking the Sons of Hell motorcycle gang to criminal activity,” AZ DPS Public Spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

AZ DPS says this investigation remains ongoing.

12:39 p.m.

A warrant was served at the Sons of Hell Motorcycle Club in Yuma by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

D.P.S. officials were on scene Wednesday morning going in and out of the S.O.H. Motorcycle Club. Currently we don’t know what D.P.S  was searching for or if there have been any arrests made. We reached out to D.P.S. who has not at this time released any information.

Residents in Yuma also reported seeing officers parked out front of a home off 24th place. We’re not sure if the two incidents are related.

Several residents living off 24th place say officers and a k-9 were searching a home Wednesday morning.

“Well when I woke up I heard these loud banging noises. So I kind of came out here to see what was going on and I saw a bunch of vehicles kind of blocking the street a little bit,” said Meaghan Hahn.

Residents we talked to but didn’t want to go on camera said that 24th place is usually fairly quiet.

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Denelle Confair graduated with her Bachelors from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast and Mass Communication. She got her first on air reporter job for the NBC affiliate in Montana. After her time there she reported for the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In Texas she covered multiple stories on the Gulf Cartel and immigration. Now she says she's glad to be back in her home state of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys hiking and writing. For story ideas you can email her at denelle.confair@kswt.com or find her on Facebook.

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