If convicted, Hansen faces a maximum of five years in prison but could get a significant amount of time off because the charge dates back to a time when prisoners still qualified for parole.
Hansen had a supporter in court on Tuesday. Country singer Mark Scheibert, who was born in Atlanta, Ga., but lives in Norway, said he has spent the past four years and several thousand dollars working with Hansen on a screenplay about the biker's life called "Journey for Justice."
Scheibert, who was dressed colorfully in a western-style poncho, cowboy hat and boots, certainly has plenty of material to work with in court records and newspaper clippings.
Hansen tried to raise a mercenary army to invade Haiti and overthrow the Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier administration there in the early 1980s and has claimed that he was set up by U.S. operatives. Newspaper reports from the time said he directed a team of about two dozen men, called the Haitian National Liberation Army, who did training drills with broomsticks in a field on Western Way Road in Lantana. People involved in the training effort told locals they were making a documentary called "Swamp Rat."
He was arrested soon after on charges that he sold cocaine to undercover federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents at a pancake house in Pompano Beach.
Hansen had leased Hog Cay, a small island near the Bahamas, to use as supply base for the invasion – though agents said they thought it was intended to help his drug smuggling efforts, according to newspaper reports.
When Hansen was arrested in 1997 at an airport in Brussels, which led to his extradition, authorities said he was lured from Norway with a promise that he'd be paid to pick up $20,000 in cash and a passport for another biker.
During his time in Florida, he ran successful auto and motorcycle mechanic shops in Pompano Beach and Daytona, rode Harley-Davidsons and drove a Lincoln.
The Sun Sentinel reported at the time that he kept seven female partners — or "old ladies" — but dropped four of them when his newest wife, Ritchey Cheek Farrell, a Maxwell House Coffee heiress, gave birth to a child.
He led Outlaws chapters in South Florida in the '70s and '80s. In Europe, according to media reports, he was shot in the foot at a clubhouse in Oslo in 1997 in an attack authorities said was part of a biker war. His bodyguard was critically injured in the same attack, police said.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.
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