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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Federal authorities say six members and associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in the Hudson Valley have been arrested on drug and racketeering charges.

The Journal News reports that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York says five of the suspects were arrested locally Thursday morning and the sixth was arrested near Los Angeles.

All six are members of the New Roc Hells Angels, which authorities say primarily operates in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Prosecutors say the charges include narcotics trafficking, extortion, money laundering and prostitution.

Officials say members of the New Roc Hells Angels beat a rival motorcycle gang member over the head with a hammer in a Poughkeepsie restaurant in December 2012 in retaliation for encroaching on their territory.

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