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Bandidos Motorcycle Club member arrested for allegedly threatening to harm informant

SAN ANTONIO — A Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was arrested for his alleged role in threatening to harm a government informant.

The United States Attorney's Office Western District of Texas said federal authorities arrested San Antonio resident Albert DeLeon, 45, with one count of retaliating against an informant. DeLeon is a member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, and allegedly threatened to harm an individual for the individual providing information relating to the criminal activities of the club.

In 2006, two members of the Bandidos had ordered other members in the club to murder Anthony Benesh who was attempting to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell's Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Club in Austin at the time. Several Bandidos members murdered Benesh on March 16, 2006 to "protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandido enterprise."

In September 2018, the two Bandidos members were sentenced to life in federal prison.

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'Taco' Bowman, ex-head of Outlaws biker gang, dies at 69

Detroit — A Metro Detroit native who police say was one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history died Sunday while serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

Harry "Taco" Bowman, the former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who reportedly got his nickname because he looked Hispanic, died Sunday in the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday. He was 69.

Although he was president of one of the nation's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said Bowman kept a low profile during much of his criminal career — until his photo was plastered in post offices throughout the United States in 1998, when the FBI put him on its Most Wanted List.

Federal authorities offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, after he was indicted on murder and other charges in 1997.

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Parts of Hells Angels report ruled inadmissible at civil forfeiture trial

A B.C. judge has criticized a retired police expert on the Hells Angels as biased

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has criticized an “expert” report about the Hells Angels filed by the Director of Civil Forfeiture as full of biased, unsubstantiated claims about the biker club.

Justice Barry Davies ruled that several parts of the report are inadmissible in the director’s long-running civil case against the Hells Angels.

Davies was also critical of the report’s author, retired Ontario Provincial Police Det. Staff Sgt. Len Isnor, who Davies said relied on his “long held” conclusion that the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is a criminal organization.

Isnor testified in December at a voir dire (a trial within a trial) to determine the admissibility of his report.

Thu
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Mongols motorcycle club gets to keep prized patches, as federal judge rules against U.S. government’s first-of-its-kind effort

Members say loss of their patch would have been a death sentence for the outlaw motorcycle club.

SANTA ANA – A federal judge has rejected the U.S. government’s unprecedented efforts to gain control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by the notorious Mongols motorcycle club, ruling that prosecutors attempts to seize control of the outlaw organization’s trademarks are unconstitutional.

Motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The House Lounge in Maywood.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

The written ruling, released Thursday morning by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, marks a setback for federal prosecutors who two months ago persuaded a Santa Ana jury to find the Southern California-based club guilty of racketeering.

Wed
27
Feb
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Bikie shot up to eight times on Gold Coast

A member of the Rebels motorcycle gang is in hospital after being shot multiple times at Upper Coomera.

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Feb
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U.S. Attorney will not charge Pittsburgh police officers in Kopy’s brawl

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced it will not file charges against the undercover Pittsburgh police officers involved in a brawl with members of the Pagans motorcycle club at a South Side bar last year.

The FBI was investigating whether there were any civil rights violations by the officers.

“Upon review of the FBI investigation into the incident, the United States Attorney’s Office determined there is no basis for charging any individual with a federal crime,” a statement from the office for the Western District of Pennsylvania said.

The brawl happened early Oct. 12 at Kopy’s Bar and ended with four members of the Pagans motorcycle club in jail.

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Pagan’s Motorcycle Club associate found guilty of supplying meth to Daytona

A federal jury has found a Key West man guilty of conspiring with members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club to deliver methamphetamine to the outlaw bikers in Daytona Beach and his hometown.

The verdict in the trial of Keith Kirchoff, 41, came Tuesday and now he faces a maximum of life in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A sentencing date has not been set.

Kirchoff, who was indicted on Aug. 9, is the 19th person to be found guilty as a result of a joint FBI and DEA investigation into drug-trafficking organizations that supplied outlaw motorcycle clubs with methamphetamine in the Central Florida area, the release said.

Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were among people who have already pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine.

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3rd member of motorcycle club files lawsuit after South Side bar brawl

PITTSBURGH - A third member of the Pagans motorcycle club has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh after an altercation with undercover police officers in a bar.

The fight took place in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12 at Kopys bar in the South Side.

Initially, several members of the motorcycle club were charged, but those charges have since been dropped.

 

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Waco Biker Massacre Prosecutions Continue to Fall Apart as Last Set of Original Indictments Dismissed

Special prosecutor involved in dropping charges says, "I do have a very serious problem as a lawyer with the wholesale charging of people without an investigation" in the case.

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In 1967, Alta Loma landlord finds the Hell’s Angels tough to evict

How would you like to be in the shoes of landlord W.H. LaBand of West Covina when he decided to evict residents of his Alta Loma ranch in 1967?

The tenants’ lease was up on April 1, 1967, but even before that LaBand wanted them out. The touchy part was getting them to leave — no easy task because the place was the headquarters for the “Berdoo” chapter of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang.

The property, the Gray Ranch, was an 80-acre former citrus orchard with an old two-story house at the base of the mountains, west of Haven Avenue and not far from the new campus of Chaffey College. At this time, the spread of tract homes had not yet reached that undeveloped area of today’s Rancho Cucamonga.

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