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Feds indict three top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Texas

January 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds indict three top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Texas

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FBI and DEA agents in Texas on Wednesday arrested the three highest ranking members of the National Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization,(OMO) after a 23-month investigation.

Charges in the 23-page indictment include drug trafficking, racketeering, extortion and violence stemming from a declared “war” with the Cossacks biker gang, that lead to last year’s violence at the Twin Peaks Restaraunt in Waco, Texas.

U.S prosecutors unsealed the indictment on Wednesday against the three members, including the club’s National President Jeffrey Fay Pike (60), National Vice President John Xavier Portillo (56), and National Sergeant at Arms Justin Cole Forster (31), on federal racketeering and drug distribution charges.

The indictment also accuses the Portillo of sanctioning the violence against the rival Cossacks by declaring war in 2013.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “for years, members of the Bandidos committed some planned violent acts in furtherance of this “war” on members of the Cossacks.

A shootout erupted between Bandidos and the Cossacks at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, in May 2015, where nine bikers were killed, and scores were wounded.

“The three men are accused of directing, sanctioning, approving and permitting other members of the organization to carry out racketeering, including, “murder, attempted murder, assault, intimidation, extortion, and drug trafficking to protect and enhance the organization’s power, territory, reputation, and profits,” the Department of Justice said in a released statement.

Prosecutors charged all three defendants with one count of RICO conspiracy, and another count of conspiring to commit violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR).

Additional charges include generating revenue for the organization through criminal offenses such as using the threat of violence to extort rival motorcycle clubs, illegal gambling activities, and drug trafficking.

Pike faces one count of Interference with Commerce by Extortion.

Portillo faces two substantive VICAR counts and additional counts of conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and interference with Commerce by extortion.

Feds charged Forster with three counts of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of Interference with Commerce by extortion.

The indictment states that in 2014, Portillo received a shipment of methamphetamine from Colorado-area Bandidos members, which was sold by Forster in ounce quantities.

“Operation Texas Rocker has inflicted a debilitating blow to the leadership hierarchy, and violent perpetrators of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Houston Field Division said in a press conference.

The agent added, “This 23-month operation highlights a deliberate and strategic effort to cut off and shut down the supply of methamphetamine trafficked by the Bandidos as well as other related criminal activity.”

The indictment goes on to list dates locations and conversations that led to the charges in the indictment. If convicted, all three men face up to life in prison.

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