Law enforcement monitors the presence of a biker gang in Sturgis

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STURGIS, SD (KOTA) – Law enforcement in the region is preparing for the 81st cycle rally and are on alert for potential gang activity.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs, like the notorious Hells Angels, often visit the rally, adding more work for the law enforcement agencies monitoring their activities.

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said these biker gangs don’t often plan to cause trouble, but could have trouble once they get to Sturgis.

“I think one thing leads to another, and trouble finds them,” Merwin said. “But I don’t suspect they are coming here to look for him openly. They just don’t back down either.

The rally is celebrating its 81st year, and there are rumors that there may be a greater presence of the Hells Angels than usual, since H and A, meaning Hells Angels, are the 8th and 1st letters respectively of the alphabet.

Merwin said they are aware of this importance.

“I suspect we’re going to have at least the normal number of Hells Angels here,” Merwin said. “We could have a little more than normal. I suspect they might have some activity here because of the 81st.

Merwin said that while the biker crowd is largely respectful of law enforcement, they are preparing for any confrontation that may arise.

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