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May
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Bandidos member from San Antonio admits threatening informant at HEB

A member of the Bandidos pleaded guilty Thursday to retaliating against an informant after he threatened to kill a witness who helped the feds convict the motorcycle club’s top two leaders.

Albert DeLeon, 45, made the threat on Feb. 22 against the witness, whose name hasn’t been released, at a local HEB store.

“He was a personal friend of the witness and felt horribly betrayed, and let off some steam when he confronted him at the grocery store,” DeLeon’s lawyer, Jesse Rivera, said in an interview.

Several informants — most of them former members of the club from San Antonio who got reduced sentences for their crimes — testified last year at the three-month trial of then-national president Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio.

Related: Bandidos boss put away for life

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Apr
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Former Bandidos bikie John Paul Pennie to be deported to Ireland

An Irish ex-bikie who has lived in Australia since he was six years old, but has spent time behind bars, will be deported after his visa was cancelled and his appeal rejected in the Federal Court.

John Paul Pennie, who moved to Australia with his parents in 1980, was sentenced in July 2015 to four-and-a-half years in a WA prison for charges including possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply and wilful destruction of evidence.

In January 2016, a delegate of the Home Affairs Minister cancelled Pennie’s visa, ruling he did not pass the character test due to his criminal record which included being a former vice president of the Bandidos bikies.

After the minister refused to revoke the cancellation, Pennie took his case to the Federal Court but on Thursday his application was rejected.

Pennie had claimed he feared a lack of medical care for his health issues in Ireland and that he would be homeless.

Thu
07
Mar
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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.

Sun
10
Feb
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Bandidos deny link to huge ice bust

An outlaw bikie gang with a clubhouse in Geelong has issued an extraordinary statement in which it denies any involvement in a huge international ice shipment bound for Australia.

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club says it "refute(s) any involvement whatsoever, in this or any other matter concerning ice."

US police last week seized more than $1 billion worth of the drug in containers that were about to be shipped to Australia.

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Australian Federal Police believe Mexican drug cartels are behind the shipment and have said that Australian bikie gangs are almost certainly among the potential customers.

But the Bandidos have told the Herald Sun they "shared a sigh of relief that these drugs never reached our shores."

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Feb
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Bandito Found Guilty of Murder, Gets Life in Prison

ANSON, TX -- A suspected gang member was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the murder of Dusty Childress on Wednesday. 

Wesley Dale Mason, who has ties with the Banditos motorcycle gang, shot and killed Childress in March 2017 near the Abilene Environmental Landfill. 

Mason was sentenced the maximum life in prison. He will also have to pay a $10,000 fine.

According to KTXS, four character witness's were called in for Mason's defense; his bail bondsman, friend, father, and mother. They all referred to Mason as a loving father who they never felt would cause them any harm.

The prosecutes then called Mason's parole officer, and a motorcycle gang expert. They told the jury that the Banditos were a dangerous gang, and that they wouldn't feel safe being inside the same room as Mason.

Wed
23
Jan
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Ex-Bandido from San Antonio who helped take down national leaders gets probation

(30 pics) --- A former member of the Bandidos who helped bring down the outlaw motorcycle club’s national leaders got a huge break in a San Antonio courtroom Wednesday when he walked out with probation instead of the 14 to 17 years in prison he faced for a drug-trafficking conviction.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra granted a request from federal prosecutors to cut Raul “K-Oz” Puente a break for his assistance in the Bandidos’ racketeering case.

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More than 3,700 pounds of food were collected by the local motorcycle club

The North County Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club helped to collect more than 3,700 pounds of food for the Marysville Community Food Bank this December.

The club’s food drive was held on Dec. 15 in Marysville at the Lucky 13 Saloon and helped to bring in a total of around 3,760 pounds of food in addition to $1,461 raised from items auctioned at their event.

This was the first time that the local club has decided to put on a holiday food drive and Bandido Milkman Josh Leathers, a member of the club and one of the main organizers of the event, was happy with how it went.

“Overall I believe that the food drive was a success,” he said.

The club had decided they wanted to help locals this holiday season and decided to try a food drive.

“We wanted to give back to the community so we chose to give to the local food bank,” said Leathers.

“They do a lot of good work for the less fortunate in the community,” he said.

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Dec
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Corpus Christi Bandidos donate toys to Driscoll Children’s Hospital

The Corpus Christi Bandidos donated toys to Driscoll Children’s Hospital earlier this morning.

The Bandidos held toy drives at local stores around the coastal bend for children that have to spend Christmas at the hospital.

“It’s all about the kids, man. It’s Christmas time, it’s about kids and to us it’s a huge honor to us to do something for the community,” said Marty Pickett, Secretary of Bandidos Corpus Christi Chapter.

All 18 Bandidos members chipped in and filled up a 24-foot trailer with toys.

Thu
20
Dec
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Hand grenade left in Bandidos member's garden

A hand grenade was found in the garden of a home on Aan de Linde in Nieuwstadt on Wednesday afternoon. The home in question belongs to Harrie Ramakers, president of the Sittard chapter of outlaw motorcycle gang Bandidos, NU.nl reports.

Defense's explosive ordinance disposal team disassembled and removed the grenade from the garden. Mayor Jos Hessles of Echt-Susteren, which covers Nieuwstadt, decided to implement an emergency ordinance on the street. For the coming month, passersby on Aan de Linde can be searched as a preventative measure, the street will be guarded, and camera surveillance was installed. Traffic inhibiting measures will also be implemented on the street.

Wed
12
Dec
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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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