CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – The city of Wilmington might come to mind at the mention of gang activity, but there are organized groups riding through other parts of New Hanover County.
Carolina Beach has a history of motorcycle clubs, also known as biker gangs, and investigators tell us groups like the Hells Angels and Red Devils are still active in the beach town.
A detective who follows their membership and movement around the county said these gangs are not nearly as violent as the crimes that are happening in Wilmington. He said there are occasional fights or drug arrest, but most of the gang members keep a low profile.
"It doesn't mean they're doing nothing wrong," he said. "But they're down here just as other patrons."
In fact, the detective said these gang members will approach town hall to apply for proper permits when they hold major events. The town used to be known as Angel Beach by some because of the presence of the Hells Angels, and this officer said the reputation holds true today.
"Carolina Beach is their territory," he said. "Any club that comes in here, they have to ask for permission from the Hells Angels."
Investigators keep a close eye on these clubs when they're in town, but they have little interaction with the gangs from Wilmington. Still, they're watching Snow's Cut bridge for any who pass into town limits.
"Even though we're on the end of the road, our guys are on high alert right now," he said.
The Hells Angels actually helped to quell gang violence from groups like the Bloods and Crips in the 90s, according to this detective. He said the motorcycle gangs think of Carolina Beach as their home.
"They don't like to mess up in their own backyard," he said.
Investigators in Carolina Beach work closely with the Safe Streets task force, which includes both the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
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