As a result of a three-year investigation GIITEM Detectives served eight search warrants in southern Arizona resulting in four arrests.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, after a three-year criminal investigation involving the Sons of Hell Motorcycle Gang, GIITEM Detectives from Yuma, Pinal, and Pima counties served five search warrants in Yuma, one search warrant in Casa Grande, and two search warrants in Tucson. One of the search warrants was served on the motorcycle gang’s clubhouse in Yuma. Items of evidence were located and seized linking the Sons of Hell Motorcycle Gang to criminal activity. The investigation is on going.
During the warrant services four members or former members were taken into custody on outstanding arrest warrants for Aggravated Assault and participation in a criminal street gang. They are:
- Bernard Daley, 41, Yuma
- Manuel Valenzuela, 36, Somerton
- Adam Odya, 45, Casa Grande
- Matthew Slanina, 29, Tucson
Daley and Valenzuela were booked into the Yuma County Jail, Odya was booked into the Pinal county Jail and Slanina was booked into the Pima County Jail.
GIITEM Detective are actively searching for other outstanding suspects.
Referring to today’s activity Sergeant Robert Telles, GIITEM, said, “This Department works diligently on deterring and dismantling the illegal activities of criminal gangs or motorcycle gangs”.
Captain David Nilson, GIITEM, further stated, “We will continue to relentlessly pursue fighting against criminal acts committed against the citizens of Arizona”.
GIITEM Detectives were assisted in the warrant services by Pima Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), Arizona Highway Patrol Troopers, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Border Patrol, BORTAC, Yuma Police Department, Yuma County Sheriff Department, Pima Highway Interdiction Team (HIT), and the Oro Valley Community Action Team (CAT). Further assisting in the investigation were law enforcement authorities from the San Diego, California area.
The mission of the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) is to:
- Deter criminal gang activity through investigations, arrest and prosecution.
- Dismantle gang-related criminal enterprises.
- Deter border-related crimes.
- Collect, analyze and disseminate gang and illegal immigration intelligence.
- Provide anti-gang and illegal immigration awareness training to communities and schools.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, ensuring highway and public safety.