Idaho motorcycle gang arrested in drug raid

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Five members of a northern Idaho motorcycle gang are among more than 20 people who face drug-related charges following a year-long investigation into an alleged international methamphetamine ring.

Law enforcement agents say that members of the Hermanos motorcycle gang, based in Sandpoint, were "foot soldiers" for a larger drug distribution operation.

Bonner County sheriff's Sgt. Marty Ryan told the Spokesman-Review the Hermanos helped run drugs for the international Bandidos motorcycle gang.

Ryan says Bandidos members may already be entrenched in the community.

A four-man team worked for about 12 months to build a case against the men, relying on anti-gang laws passed by the 2006

Legislature that make recruiting gang members a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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