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The case against high-ranking members of Bandidos motorcycle club

(pics and video) --- HOUSTON - For 3 1/2 years, a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI led to convictions and guilty pleas against several high-ranking members of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club. The case against club members involved assaults and murders.

“It was a massive investigation,” said Assistant United States Attorney Eric Fuchs. “It had been a criminal organization for 16 years.”

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3 members of outlaw motorcycle gang indicted for beating, robbing Abilene man

ABILENE, Texas — Three members of an outlaw motorcycle gang accused of robbing and beating an Abilene man were indicted Thursday.

Daniel Aragon Machado, 36, of Abilene, Justin Nathaniel Aldava, 23, of Abilene and Jesse Lee Trevino, 34, of Merkel, were indicted for aggravated robbery, robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Van West Robinson -- a member of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club -- rode past the Bandidos' clubhouse in the 1300 block of Butternut Street on July 25.

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According to the indictment, Machado, Aldava and Trevino followed Robinson and tried to kick him off his motorcycle.

They eventually cut him off and surrounded Robinson.

Robinson pulled out a gun and held it at his side.

Tue
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Ex-Bandidos biker sentenced two years after testifying against crime bosses

A high-ranking member of the Bandidos biker gang turned government witness was rewarded Monday with a relatively light sentence by a Houston federal court.

William Gerald “Big G” Ojemann, of Houston, was handed a two-year prison sentence for drug possession after dishing on the inner workings of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the crime bosses behind it.

During a lengthy racketeering trial earlier this year in San Antonio, Ojemann testified that he and other outlaw gang members carried out orders from former Bandidos President Jeffrey Fay Pike and his second-in-command, John Xavier Portillo. Those orders, according to Ojemann, included violent assaults and intimidation of rivals and fellow Bandidos.

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23
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Bandidos ride into town for their very own Christmas party

Bandidos bikies from across the country have converged on Melbourne for the club's national run.

A club insider claimed up to 500 bikes will roar through the city as part of the annual run, which left Bendigo on Friday morning for an all weekend party in Melbourne's south-east.

One associate described the run as the club's very own Christmas party.

"This is what we do. It's the brotherhood," he said.

The run, which involves the club's major figureheads including president Jason Addison, is being closely monitored by police.

 

Bandidos bikies set off to Melbourne.

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Bandidos president to lead a 400-strong bikie convoy through Melbourne for annual meeting

  • The Bandidos bikies will ride through Melbourne ahead of Victoria's election day
  • President Jason Addison will convoy 400 members for its annual meeting
  • Victoria will tomorrow decide who governs the state for the next four years
  • Melbourne will have a strong police presence and the bikies will be monitored 

The Bandidos president is set to parade up to 400 bikie gang members through Melbourne today, as Victoria prepares for its state election tomorrow.

National club president Jason Addison will hold the Bandidos annual meeting in Melbourne which kicks off with members convoying through the city to a location in the city's south.

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San Antonio judge hands star witness in Bandidos trial five years in prison, instead of life

(2 images) --- A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos who was the first to publicly testify about the inner workings and criminal dealings of the outlaw motorcycle club was sentenced Wednesday to a reduced sentence of five years in prison without parole.

“I want to apologize to my family for everything I put them through,” Justin Cole Forster, 34, told Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra. “I take responsibility for my actions. I am truly sorry for my actions. … I’m ready to put this behind me and move on with my life and be a contributing member of society.”

The judge noted that Forster was “no meek and mild participant in the Bandidos. This was no Don Knotts so to speak.”

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San Antonio judge sentences Bandido turned informant to 15 years without parole

A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who helped federal authorities convict the top two leaders of the biker gang received 15 years without parole Wednesday, making a tearful apology and promising to continue to cooperate

“I’m remorseful for what I’ve done. I apologize to the family of Anthony Benesh,” “Downtown” Johnny Romo, 48, told the judge, crying. “ I took a man’s life. It’s been a heavy burden on me for many years. Now I have to live with it.”

Romo rose to become a sergeant-at-arms in the Bandidos’ national chapter before he turned informant and became a key prosecution witness in the three-month trial of former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo. The pair were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the Bandidos’ racketeering conspiracy.

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Bandido gets 13 years without parole for retaliation killing near San Antonio

A former Bandidos member who participated in the killing of another man 16 years ago was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison without parole, plus five years of supervision after his release.

Frederick “Fast Fred” Cortez, 50, was charged in a racketeering case that took down the top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. It wasn’t until federal authorities squeezed the Bandidos that Cortez admitted he helped shoot Robert Lara at a rest stop south of San Antonio in January 2002.

Cortez pleaded guilty in October 2016 to murder in aid of racketeering for Lara’s killing.

Lara was killed because he was suspected of slaying a Bandido in late 2001, according to testimony during the three-month trial of the Bandidos’ former national vice president John Xavier Portillo and ex-president Jeffrey Fay Pike. Pike and Portillo were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the racketeering conspiracy.

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Former president of Bandidos biker gang gets life in prison

Jeffrey Fay Pike sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Jeffrey Fay Pike, the 63-year-old former national president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison by a federal judge in San Antonio.

The sentence, plus 10 years, was handed down months after Pike was convicted on numerous racketeering and drug trafficking charges.

Pike received his sentence a day after former Bandidos national vice president, John Xavier Portillo, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years in federal prison, a release from the U.S. District’s Attorney’s Office said.

“As I have said before, this prosecution shows that the Department of Justice has the tools to strip away a veneer of legitimate activity to expose and punish underlying criminal conduct. Others—and not only those involved in violent activity—should take note,” stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.

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High-ranking Bandidos member tied to 2006 Austin killing sentenced to life in prison

The former national vice president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club received two consecutive life sentences and an additional 20 years in federal prison on Monday following his conviction in May on drug trafficking and racketeering charges.

John Xavier Portillo, 59, was also ordered to surrender his motorcycle, three firearms and nearly $18,000 in cash that were seized in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Portillo, along with Bandidos’ national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 63, was convicted on more than a dozen counts, including some in connection with the killing of Anthony Benesh, who was trying to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels, a rival club, in Austin. 

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