Gang Suspects Had Secret Files
April 5, 2006
By GARY LIBOW and MONICA POLANCO, Courant Staff Writers
Suspected Hells Angels members arrested in Enfield hours after a Hells Angels motorcyclist was shot to death had pages from a classified state police manual that lists the identities and addresses of rival gang members.
Police are looking into whether Andover residents Jeffrey Richard and Trevor Delaware, armed with a loaded gun and six knives, planned to retaliate against members of the rival Outlaws gang to avenge the fatal shooting Sunday afternoon of Roger Mariani, a Hells Angels leader in Connecticut, on a highway in West Haven.
Richard, 39, and Delaware, 35, sported gang-related tattoos and had marked some of the items in their possession with the Hells Angels insignia, Enfield police reported.
"We don't know at this point if these individuals were just a coincidence or if they were in town here to do some harm to some of the Outlaw motorcycle gang," Enfield Police Chief Carl J. Sferraza said Tuesday.
The Outlaws have a chapter in Enfield.
The manuals, reportedly numbered so they can be traced, are distributed two to each barracks by the state police gang intelligence unit, a state police source said Tuesday.
Sferraza said the gang-related documents are commonly distributed to patrol officers statewide who take classes to be recertified every three years.
"I have seen these several times at several different trainings," the chief said. "They're not uncommon to police trainings, and what I have is consistent with that."
Mariani, a 61-year-old Stratford resident, was fatally shot about 3:30 p.m. Sunday while riding on the Connecticut Turnpike in West Haven with more than 20 fellow bikers.
Another member of the Angels, Paul Carroll, 39, of Bridgeport, was wounded by shots fired from a green sport utility vehicle bearing Florida plates.
About 10 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle operated by Richard was searched by Enfield Police Sgt. Thomas Foy, who noticed a seatbelt violation. Police discovered the license plates on the vehicle had been reported stolen in East Haven.
Searching the vehicle, police found four pages of the classified manual between the seats of the vehicle. Police also found knives, a variety of gloves and masks, a softball bat, a homemade wooden club, a slightly bent golf club, and a ball-peen hammer.
Richard, who has a valid pistol permit, was in possession of a loaded gun.
The state police intelligence information lists the names of suspected motorcycle gang members, their photos and last known addresses, alias and possible associates, according to police sources.
Both Richard and Delaware were charged with possession of weapons in a motor vehicle and theft of a marker plate. Delaware was also charged with possession of narcotics, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The two posted bail and are due April 11 in Superior Court in Enfield.
A state police source said this is not the first time Hells Angels members were found in possession of state police gang intelligence.
Investigators recovered state police gang manuals in the homes of Hells Angels when they executed search warrants during an investigation into the illegal production and sale of drivers' licenses. The bogus licenses were issued through the state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Bridgeport.
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