Hell Angel’s vice president sentenced to 25 years in jail for meth trafficking

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Vice President of the Rochester Hell’s Angels has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges related to drug trafficking across the country.

From 2002 through 2010, prosecutors say James McAuley, 67, a resident of Genesee County, was the leader of a methamphetamine trafficking network in western New York.

In 2002, McAuley located a source of meth in the area of Monterey, California. On various occasions, the Oakfield man and others traveled to California to arrange for meth to be brought back to New York in pound-size quantities.

McAuley was eventually arrested and jailed on racketeering charges in April of 2007, but while in prison, he still directed the meth trafficking operation.

Over time, McAuley trafficked more than 30 pounds of meth from California to the Rochester and Genesee County areas, where it was sold. This continued until July of 2010. McAuley eventually admitted to the trafficking as part of a larger investigation that resulted in the indictments of many other Hell’s Angels members and associates.

The charge in which McAuley pleaded guilty to was conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

His arrest was a result of a multi-agency investigation.

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