Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

The arrests leveled as a federal indictment was unsealed charging 23 motorcycle club Vagos gang members in a conspiracy involving racketeering, robbery, murder, kidnapping, drug sales and stealing a motor vehicle.

According to the Department of Justice, agents and police officers took 22 of the Vagos gang members into custody, and investigators learned the lone remaining defendant died in recent weeks. Despite the dangerous gang’s with the weapons, authorities encountered no resistance.

“Today, the rule of law dealt a serious blow to the Vagos Motorcycle Gang, a so-called “brotherhood” responsible for drug addiction, death, and mayhem in multiple locations, including California, Hawaii Arizona, and Nevada,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco in a press release.

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Among other crimes, the indictment charges eight Vagos gang members for September 23, 2011, a murder one of the member of the rival Hells Angels gang at the Nugget Hotel and Casino in Sparks, Nevada.

Authorities to build their case relied on wiretaps, as well as Vagos gang members they turned into informants and at least one undercover agent who made it through the gang’s exhaustive vetting process to become a member.

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

In July 2013, when they discovered that undercover agent had infiltrated the gang, Vagos leaders put out a $100,000 bounty on the head of the undercover officer. They offered a similar reward for the killing of the president of the gang’s Las Vegas chapter, who was suspected of cooperating with law enforcement.

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Those arrested in California were:

Pastor Fausto Palafox, aka “Ta Ta,” 53, of Beaumont, Calif.

Pastor Fausto Palafox, aka “Ta Ta,” 53, of Beaumont, Calif.

Albert Lopez, aka”Al,” 39, of Canyon Country, Calif.

James Patrick Gillespie, aka “Jimbo,” 68, of Granada Hills, Calif.

Andrew Eloy Lozano, aka “Hulk,” 42, of Fontana, Calif.

Paul Jeffrey Voll, aka “Shyster,” 52, of Pasadena, Calif.

John Joseph Siemer, aka “Rocky,” 60, of Baldwin Park, Calif.

Bradley Michael Campos, aka “Candy Man,” 50, of Alhambra, Calif.

John Chrispin Juarez, aka “Quicky,” 69, of Moreno Valley, Calif.

Albert Benjamin Perez, aka “Dragon Man,” 57, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, aka “Romeo,” of San Francisco, Calif

Cesar Vaquera Morales, aka “C,” 49, of San Jose, Calif.

Diego Chavez Garcia, aka “Boo,” 34, of San Jose, Calif.

The rest were arrested in Nevada and Hawaii:

Victor Adam Ramirez, aka “Slick,” 35, of Las Vegas, Nev.

James Walter Henderson, aka “CJ,” 64, of Henderson, Nev.

Steven Earl Carr, aka “Big Steve,” 43, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Robert Allen Coleman, aka “Mayhem,” 59, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Jeremy John Halgat, aka “Maniak,” 39, of North Las Vegas, Nev.

Edward Claridan Chelby, aka “Recon,” 57, of Kailua, Hawaii.

Johnny Russell Neddenriep, aka “Johnny Bolts,” 51, of Reno, Nev.

Darin Kieth Grieder, aka “Midget,” 48, of Sparks, Nev.

Bert Wayne Davisson, aka “Flash,” 45, of Sparks, Nev.

Mathew Keith Dunlap, aka “Big Mat,” 46, of Sparks, Nev.

The Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang is one of the most powerful and largest motorcycle gangs in the USA.  The club was founded in the late 1960s in San Bernardino California, and it has expanded over the decades to include about 4,000 members in dozens of chapters throughout the USA, Mexico, and Europe.

Federal authorities arrested 22 Vagos gang members outlaw motorcycle club on Friday morning in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

The Vagos one of the major gang as like Hells Angels and Mongols that federal authorities have formally designated as outlaw motorcycle gangs. A wild shootout and brawl between gangs in the restaurant in Texas, which left nine people dead provided a stark reminder of the group’s penchant for violence.