Mongols rent out entire hotel for annual Palm Springs retreat

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A motorcycle gang known for violence and drug trafficking is in town this weekend for their annual retreat.

Hundreds of members of the Mongol motorcycle gang are staying at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Palm Springs. This is the fifth year the Mongols have made a visit to the desert and bring anywhere from 300 to 500 members with them.

And hotel management says they've rented out the entire hotel.

Officials with the Palm Springs Police Department said they will be stepping up patrols with multiple agencies assisting for the weekend. 

KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2's Alex Cheney spoke to a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang as their crew is also in the Coachella Valley this weekend. You can watch the full report on KESQ at 6 p.m. and on CBS Local 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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