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23
Oct
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Should Members of the Banditos Motorcycle Club not be allowed to possess handguns?

That is how one central Texas case is interpreting the law.

(video) --- MILAM COUNTY, Texas — A court in Milam county could be on the way to ruling that members of the Banditos motorcycle club cannot possess handguns thanks to State of Texas vs. Patrick Lewis Vaden. 

Court documents state that Vaden, a member of the Banditos, was stopped by Department of Public Safety Trooper Michael Tice in November of 2018 for going 67mph in a 60mph zone. Vaden had a License To Carry at the time and was carrying at the time of the stop. 

Thu
10
Oct
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Gang members in alleged home invasion over cellphone

The sale of a second-hand cellphone resulted in a home invasion involving a gun and baseball bat.

Police allege two patched Bandidos gang members bashed down the door of a house on Curletts Rd, Sockburn, on Sunday night and assaulted a man.

Two brothers, Rawiri Takuira Kiri, 26, of Waltham, and Lee Teomaori Kiri, 30, of Aranui, have been charged over the alleged incident, which The Star understands was a dispute over a cellphone which was sold but did not work properly.

They appeared in the district court on Monday, facing joint charges of possessing a firearm and armed robbery with a baseball bat.

Police allege they stole $15 from the male victim, who was assaulted during the incident.

More charges are likely.

They were remanded in custody until December, when they are next due to appear in court.

The Star understands the male victim’s parents and two children were at home at the time of the attack.

Thu
26
Sep
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Bandido member from San Antonio gets 30 months in prison for threatening witness

(pics) --- A member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison followed by three years of federal supervision for retaliating against an informant who helped send the biker club’s top national leaders to prison.

Albert DeLeon, 45, pleaded guilty in May, admitting he threatened to kill a former member of the outlaw biker club, who was one of several government witnesses that helped the feds in their investigation of several high-ranking members, including Bandidos’ then-national president, Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe, and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio.

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10
Sep
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Alleged "Bandidos" gang member arrested in connection to 3 shootings

Shell casings were connected to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019.

SAN ANTONIO — An alleged member of the motorcycle gang, the "Bandidos" has been arrested in connection to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019. 

The multiple-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of Omar Mata, 32. 

Mata is believed to be the Vice President of a local chapter of the Bandidos.

He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Thu
29
Aug
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Several Bandidos cited in a traffic stop involving 16 motorcycles

Several members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were cited when they entered Rapid City Thursday afternoon.

Community Relations Specialist Brendyn Medina with the Rapid City Police Department said the police were aware of a Bandido run through Rapid City this week.

"We have a plan in place to keep them and the residents of Rapid City safe during the run," Medina said. 

 

He said 16 motorcycles were pulled over for traffic violations as the group exited I-90 near Omaha. There were multiple traffic and concealed carry weapons violations issued during the mass traffic stop.

There were no further incidents after the citations were issued.

Thu
09
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

Thu
11
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."

Fri
01
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.

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