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Feds Bust Dozens of Mongols Motorcycle Gang Members (2008)

Feds Bust Dozens of Mongols Motorcycle Gang Members (2008)

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An undercover investigation that put federal agents inside the notorious Mongols motorcycle gang ended Tuesday with arrests of dozens of members on warrants ranging from drug sales to murder and a move by the government to seize the group's name.
Law enforcement agents said the operation could herald the end of the Mongol Motorcycle Club, a Southern California-based group of 600 or so members that claims to be a social club but that prosecutors say is a criminal gang involved in murder, torture, drug trafficking and other offenses.
An undercover investigation that put federal agents inside the notorious Mongols motorcycle gang ended Tuesday with arrests of dozens of members on warrants ranging from drug sales to murder and a move by the government to seize the group's name.
Law enforcement agents said the operation could herald the end of the Mongol Motorcycle Club, a Southern California-based group of 600 or so members that claims to be a social club but that prosecutors say is a criminal gang involved in murder, torture, drug trafficking and other offenses.

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Feds Bust Dozens of Mongols Motorcycle Gang Members
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
APOct. 21: Law enforcement officers investigate the home of Ruben Cavazos, former national president of theMongol motorcycle gang.
LOS ANGELES — An undercover investigation that put federal agents inside thenotorious Mongols motorcycle gang ended Tuesday with arrests of dozens of memberson warrants ranging from drug sales to murder and a move by the government to seizethe group's name.
Law enforcement agents said the operation could herald the end of the Mongol MotorcycleClub, a Southern California-based group of 600 or so members that claims to be a social club but that prosecutors say is a criminal gang involved in murder, torture, drug trafficking andother offenses."This is one of those celebrated investigations in which the organization from top to bottomhas been charged and targeted," said Michael Sullivan, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "It puts a stake in the heart of the Mongols."
At least 61 members were arrested under a racketeering indictment. Agents served 110 arrestwarrants across Southern California and in Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Ohio.The 177-page indictment describes a tightly organized group routinely engaging in violence.It alleges the group, which is mostly Latino, sometimes attacks black people and commitsrobberies, steals motorcycles, and funds itself in part by stealing credit card accountinformation."It would allow law enforcement to seize the leather jackets right off their back,"O'Brien said.John Torres, the ATF agent in charge in Los Angeles, described the pivotal role hisorganization's four undercover agents played in the investigation.
 
The unidentified agents infiltrated the gang and were accepted as full members, a difficult process that requires winning the trust of top leaders over a period of months, Torres said.They had been given completely new identities, including Social Security numbers and lifestories. To be accepted into the Mongols, the agents had to pass a lie detector test and background test carried out by private detectives.Torres declined to comment on how they were able to pass the polygraph test. The agentsstarted out as "prospects" and, after carrying out errands for the gang, including security work at Mongol parties, became "full-patch" members, meaning they could wear the group'sinsignia.The agents were required to live away from their real families for days on end in homes set upto make it look like they lived a Mongols lifestyle, Torres said. Four undercover women ATFagents also were involved, pretending to be biker girlfriends and attending parties with theagents. Women are not allowed to be full members of the gang."If you go to a party all the time and you don't ever bring a girl around, it's kind of weird,"ATF spokesman Mike Hoffman said. "Someone might get suspicious."Torres said the agents never committed any crimes during their work.Among those arrested were the gang's former national president Ruben Cavazos, whoauthored a memoir of his life called "Honor Few, Fear None: The Life and Times of aMongol," published by HarperCollins in June.Cavazos is currently employed as the night shift CAT scan technician at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Adelaida De La Cerda said.Another former Mongols national president, Roger Pinney, alleged in an interview with TheAssociated Press that Cavazos was the problem, not the club in general."They were just on the verge of cleaning up their act," said Pinney, who is no longer amember and is serving probation from his role in an infamous brawl in Laughlin, Nevada, in2002. "It's not a club-run deal, it's individuals who are the ones who decide to commitcrimes."Pinney said he warned other club members that Cavazos was trouble."I always said he was robbing from the club," Pinney said. "He was throwing all the goodmembers out and bringing gang members in. He was trying to be a drug lord or something. Hewas crazy."Pinney doesn't believe the raid will force the Mongols off the road."This is all going to blow over. The Mongols aren't going away, and neither are the HellsAngels," he said.

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