CLINTON TWP. -- Four alleged members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have been indicted on charges stemming from an "End of Summer Bash" hosted by the club's Newark chapter at an unnamed Clinton Township restaurant on Route 22 in August.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns and Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski announced in a press release Tuesday that a Hunterdon County Grand Jury returned three separate indictments on Dec. 3.
On Aug. 22, 2015, law enforcement officials reportedly observed multiple individuals loading large knives, machetes and other weapons into the trunk of a silver Chevy Malibu sedan bearing an Arizona license plate in the restaurant parking lot, the release states.
Several of these individuals were also seen carrying concealed weapons, according to Kearns.
Clinton Township Police then conducted a motor vehicle stop and arrested Rocco P. Gullatta of Aurora, Ohio, Kerry K. Kester of Massilon, Ohio, Joshua R. Woods of Akron, Ohion and Justin D. Morris of Canton, Ohio.
Kearns credited law enforcement surveillance units from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, State Police, Readington Township Police Department and Clinton Township Police Department with the initial arrest.
The incident resulted in criminal charges for unlawful possession of weapons, possession of a prohibited weapon, certain persons not to possess a weapon and unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Specifically, Gullatta is charged with 11 counts of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, 11 counts of fourth-degree certain persons not to possess a weapon, fourth-degree and one count of third-degree unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine.
Kester is charged with 12 counts of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, 13 counts of fourth-degree persons not to possess a weapon and one count of fourth-degree possession of a prohibited weapon.
Woods is charged with 12 counts of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance cocaine.
Morris is charged with 10 counts of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
In total, the Grand Jury issued a true bill on 45 separate charges.
"I want to commend the efforts of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, who collaborated with the New Jersey State Police, the Clinton Township Police Department and the Readington Township Police Department," Kearns stated in the release. "This is a tribute to the perseverance of our state and local law enforcement that diligently serves our community through numerous means including continually utilizing intelligence gathering techniques to diligently protect this county and keep our citizens safe."