Police arrested 23 members of the Vagos biker gang this weekend. The gang has been known for years to engage in criminal activity and drug trafficking. Police conducted an operation across three different states to arrest the members.
The men were picked up in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. They have all been charged with a variety of crimes, mostly murder, kidnapping, assault, racketeering and drug trafficking. A police report described each of the men’s activities across five states.
The gang has been around for more than 50 years, and has seen a lot of crime rise and fall around them. The gang’s current leaders were arrested along with the 23.
The Daily Mail reports:
Twenty-three members of the Vagos motorcycle gang were arrested over the weekend in dramatic police raids across three states.
The men were picked up in California, Nevada and Hawaii and are now in custody facing charges of murder, kidnapping, assault, racketeering and drug trafficking.
Some are wanted for orchestrating the fatal shooting of a Hells Angel boss at a Las Vegas casino in 2011.
In a 45-page indictment, prosecutors described how the 23 men, who all went by nicknames including ‘Tata’, ‘Dragon Man’ and ‘Romeo’, were responsible for ‘drug addiction, death and mayhem’ across five states.
The indictment was unsealed by the Department of Justice on Friday. It details how the high-ranking suspects were known as ‘national’ or ‘international officers’ – a title of authority in the 50-year-old gang’s hierarchy.
They were marched out of their homes and one building which was operating as a rehab center on Friday and were handcuffed and lined up on the sidewalk. The charges relate to incidents between 2005 and 2017.
They are; Pastor Fausto Palafox, aka ‘Tata’, Albert Lopez aka ‘Al’, Albert Benjamin Perez, aka Dragon Man, James Patrick Gillespie, aka Jimbo, Andrew Eloy Lozano, aka Hulk, Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, aka Romeo, Victor Adam Ramirez, aka Slick, James Walter Henderson aka CJ, Steven Earl Carr, aka Big Steve, Robert Alan Coleman, aka Mayhem, Jeremy John Halgat, aka Maniak, Paul Jeffrey Voll, aka Shyster, John Joseph Siemer, aka Rocky, Bradley Michael Campos, aka Candy Man, Cesar Vaquera Morales, aka C, Diego Chavez Garcia aka Boo, Edward Claridan Chelb, aka Recon, Johnny Russell Neddenriep aka Johnny Bolts, Darin Kieth Grieder, aka Midget, Thomas Granville Garretson, aka Tommy Guns, Bert Wayne Davisson, aka Flash, Matthew Keith Dunlap, aka Big Mat, and John Chrispin Juarez, aka Quicky.
Together, the men, who referred to the operation as a ‘brotherhood’, are accused of ordering the murders of rival gang members and instructing underlings to kill disobedient Vagos motorcyclists.
Some are accused of peddling methamphetamine while others allegedly sold counterfeit goods. One man is alleged to have beaten a female bartender unconscious in one attack.
They trafficked stolen guns and cars, talked in code on the phone to evade law enforcement and intimidated anyone who threatened to expose their criminal investigation, prosecutors claim.