Sunday, 24 October 2010

federal agent who infiltrated the Outlaws motorcycle gang said he got hit in the face with a beer bottle

federal agent who infiltrated the Outlaws motorcycle gang said he got hit in the face with a beer bottle during a brawl with a rival biker gang.

Jeffrey Grabman of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives testified yesterday in the trial of Outlaws’ president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee. Rosga and three associates are on trial in Virginia. They’re accused of ordering numerous acts of violence to keep the Hell’s Angels and other gangs from moving into the Outlaws’ turf.

Grabman said he took a new identity to infiltrate the Outlaws, and he had surveillance equipment in his home with his ATF credentials hidden inside a wall. Grabman told the jury about a brawl in Petersburg, Virginia where a beer bottle hit him in the face, and he needed 14 stitches. Grabman said it would ended in a shoot-out had the police not arrived before then.

Rosga was arrested in June at the Outlaws’ Milwaukee headquarters. He and 26 others were indicted for a host of crimes

Saturday, 23 October 2010

president of the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels has been sentenced to state prison for illegally possessing a firearm

The president of the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels has been sentenced to state prison for illegally possessing a firearm, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced this week.

Sabian Reynoso, 34, of Oak View was sentenced to 32 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors said. Reynoso pleaded guilty in July to the charge, which stemmed from the discovery of a shotgun in his closet in 2008, prosecutors said.

Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit found the gun while serving a search warrant for evidence relating to an alleged illegal visit by Reynoso to the Ventura County Jail to put money into the inmate account of a fellow Hells Angel. Under California law, it is a crime for felons who have been to prison to enter jail grounds without express permission. Reynoso served time in prison after a 2000 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said.

Reynoso was charged with entering the jail grounds, but that charge was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to the more serious gun charge, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Derek Malan.

Former Hells Angels leader George Christie alleged the jail entry charge was an excuse for authorities to get into Reynoso’s home, saying “the community could be better served by not wasting money on chasing us around the neighborhood all the time.” Malan said prosecutors were confident they would have prevailed on the charge had it gone to trial.

Reynoso’s attorney, Moriya Christie, said her client was considering whether to appeal the denial of a motion to quash the search warrant. She said she was pleased her client was given the minimum possible prison time under sentencing guidelines in the case, however.



Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/19/hells-angel-president-sentenced-to-32-months-for/#ixzz13AnNhGlf
- vcstar.com

Denis Jerome Labossiere is currently serving a sentence of six years for drug trafficking

Parole Board of Canada has ordered a former Hells Angels associate facing charges in the deaths of his parents and brother be detained beyond his legislated statutory release date.
Denis Jerome Labossiere is currently serving a sentence of six years for drug trafficking. He was scheduled to reach his statutory release date on Jan. 18, 2011.
Offenders are usually released after serving two-thirds of their sentence.
But the board felt Labossiere would be ``likely to commit an offence causing serious harm to another person'' if released.
Labossiere will stand trial next year on three charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents and brother in St. Leon in 2005.
The trio were shot execution style before their farmhouse was burned to the ground.

Jeffery Grabman, a federal agent, lived as a renegade biker named "Gringo"

Jeffery Grabman, a federal agent, lived as a renegade biker named "Gringo" and played the role so well that he established a chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle gang in Petersburg staffed by other undercover agents and paid informants.

The 20-year veteran of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had a fictitious identity complete with a fake history and a false driver's license and credit cards, a shaved head and a goatee.

"Basically, I was another person. . . . You never came out of your role," he testified yesterday.

Grabman, now neatly groomed and wearing a suit, was on the witness stand all day yesterday, on the second day of the trial for four members of the Outlaws, including their national president, Jack "Milwaukee Jack" Rosga, 58, on conspiracy and other charges in federal court in Richmond.

Grabman is expected to be back on the stand for cross-examination this morning.

Also on trial are Outlaws Mark "Lytnin'" Spradling, 52; Leslie Werth, 47; and William "Rebel" Davey, 46. Each is charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering.

Davey and Werth also are charged with violence in the aid of racketeering and firearms violations.

Grabman and another undercover agent initially infiltrated the Mongols motorcycle club, which sent them from Baltimore to open a chapter in the Richmond area in 2008. However, in October 2008, an undercover operation against the Mongols in California resulted in more than 100 arrests there.

The Outlaws wanted to expand in this area and invited Grabman and the other undercover officer to become probationers for their club.

Michael Mariaca, a former "enforcer" for the Outlaws turned government witness, testified yesterday

Hells Angels claimed South Carolina as their territory, so tension mounted when the Outlaws, a rival motorcycle gang, founded a clubhouse in Rock Hill, S.C., according to testimony yesterday in a federal racketeering trial.

Michael Mariaca, a former "enforcer" for the Outlaws turned government witness, testified yesterday about efforts by the Outlaws to expand their territory and make a show of force against the Hells Angels at events in Virginia, South Carolina and elsewhere. The Outlaws also had a clubhouse in Petersburg.

Mariaca, also known as "M&M," testified in federal court in Richmond on the third day of the trial for four members of the Outlaws. One of the defendants, Leslie "Les" Werth, 47, helped recruit Mariaca to the club in 2002.

Also on trial are the Outlaws' national president, Jack "Milwaukee Jack" Rosga, 58; Mark "Lytnin'" Spradling, 52; and William "Rebel" Davey, 46. All four are charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering.

Mariaca, 50, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges and said yesterday that he hopes his cooperation with federal prosecutors will win him a reduced sentence. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Mariaca, sitting a short distance from Werth and his defense attorney, described a fight last year between Werth and a Hells Angels prospect at a bar near the Outlaws' Rock Hill clubhouse. The bar had become a hangout for Hells Angels who viewed the establishment of the Rock Hill Outlaws base as an act of defiance.

"There were some problems starting to arise from that," Mariaca said.

On May 9, 2009, about a dozen Outlaws rode to the bar, with Werth and Mariaca leading the way, Mariaca testified. Werth quickly dismounted from his motorcycle and punched a Hells Angels prospect, Mariaca said.

Meanwhile, Mariaca said, he tried to fend off another man who "had his hand on a weapon behind his back." Werth's gun dropped to the ground during the skirmish, and a woman who worked at the bar scooped up the weapon and took it inside, Mariaca said.

The Hells Angels prospect had a bloody nose from "a few good shots to the face," Mariaca said.

Mariaca described other cases over the past several years in which Outlaws showed up at motorcycle-related events, including in the Richmond area and the Tri-Cities, expecting to encounter Hells Angels or their allies. The Outlaws were determined to kick out their enemies, Mariaca said.

In some cases, bikers left without a fight when police stepped between the enemy gangs.

Mariaca also described a standoff between Outlaws and members of the Desperados, a gang that supported the Hells Angels, at the Cockades Bar in Petersburg. Jeffery Grabman, an undercover federal agent who posed as an Outlaw, was struck in the face with a bottle inside the bar during that encounter, and he had to get 14 stitches.

Outside the bar, armed Outlaws and Desperados who also appeared to be armed met in the parking lot for a standoff, Mariaca said. He said that he and Werth wielded handguns.

Grabman testified that a gunfight between the two groups was avoided because police arrived. "I was scared to death," he said yesterday during cross-examination by a defense attorney.

The four defendants are among more than two dozen members of the Outlaws and Pagans motorcycle clubs who were charged in a sweeping indictment in June.

Authorities allege that the Outlaws moved into Virginia in 2006 when the gang opened a Manassas chapter, with plans to expand in the state and battle with the Hells Angels in the Richmond area.

More than a dozen suspects have entered plea deals.

Members of a notorious Kurdish clan in Bremen have founded a new chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club and are challenging the Hells Angels

Members of a notorious Kurdish clan in Bremen have founded a new chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club and are challenging the Hells Angels in the city. The police fear a new biker war may be just around the corner.


The last movement in the life of novice motorcyclist Mustafa B. was a twist of his right hand. His red Honda Fireblade, which had a 178-horsepower engine and a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph), accelerated with a roar and shot past the cars. Seconds later, the biker smashed into a tree. He died at the scene of the accident, a four-lane street in the northwestern German city of Bremen. A statement later issued by the police blandly stated that "no third party was to blame."

Nevertheless, investigators took a particularly close look at the victim's motorbike to check for possible sabotage. After all, 38-year-old Mustafa B., who was Kurdish, was considered a leading light in Bremen's organized crime circles. The police therefore had good reasons to suspect that some people might have had a vested interest in his demise

federal agent who infiltrated the Outlaws motorcycle organization testified

federal agent who infiltrated the Outlaws motorcycle organization testified Thursday that the group sought out a confrontation with a rival biker gang in Petersburg, leading to a brawl in which he was smashed across the face with a beer bottle.
Jeffrey Grabman of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified on the second day of the federal racketeering trial of Outlaws president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee, Wis., and three of his associates.
The government claims Rosga led a criminal enterprise responsible for assaults and other violent acts, many of them as part of a turf war with the Hell's Angels and affiliated motorcycle gangs. Lawyers for the defendants have said their clients are innocent.
Grabman told the jury that he was working undercover investigating the Warlocks motorcycle gang in Baltimore before he switched over to the Outlaws, who were looking to establish a chapter in the Richmond area and keep the Hell's Angels from gaining a foothold.
The job entailed assuming an entirely new identity, including getting a driver's license and credit cards under a fictitious name, getting other agents to pose as family members, concocting a story about his background and overcoming Rosga's trepidation about accepting members from a gang that had been infiltrated by law enforcement.
Grabman also had to obtain an undercover residence. The home in Prince George County was equipped with audio and video surveillance equipment, and Grabman kept his ATF credentials hidden inside a wall.
Jurors viewed and heard recordings of several Outlaws inside the home planning the Petersburg incident, then talking about it afterward. They were given transcripts to help them follow the hard-to-hear audio and blurry video.
Grabman testified that one of the defendants, Rock Hill, S.C., Outlaws leader Leslie Werth, wanted to make the rounds of Petersburg bars to find and assault members of the Desperadoes, a biker gang affiliated with the Hell's Angels. They ended up at Cockades Bar, where a verbal clash between one Outlaw and a group of Desperadoes moved inside.
The next thing he knew, Grabman said, the Outlaw started hitting one of the Desperadoes. One of the rival gang members broke a beer bottle on Grabman's face, creating a gash that required 14 stitches to close. Grabman said he pulled out an ATF-issued baton and hit his assailant, causing him to drop the jagged remains of the bottle and flee.
The fracas spilled over to a nearby parking lot, where the two groups exchanged angry words. Guns and knives were brandished, Grabman said.
"It seems it's going to end up in a shootout," he said. "Luckily the police end up showing up."
The flashing blue lights caused the gangs to go their separate ways.
Grabman testified about other tension-filled, but less violent, confrontations between Outlaws and Hell's Angels or their supporters. On cross-examination, defense attorney Claire Cardwell made the point that Rosga was not present during the Cockades fracas or the other events described by Grabman.
The agent also described finding a "Hell's Angels supporter" sticker on his mailbox, an apparent act of intimidation by the rival gang. He said when he told Rosga about the incident, the Outlaws president responded that "the best way to stop that is put a cap in them."
Grabman also testified that beginning when he was a prospective or probationary Outlaw, he regularly witnessed illegal drug use at the gang's clubhouses. He testified about one prospective member finally "getting his patch" — the insignia that appears on the back of a jacket to signify full membership — and then being beaten by other members for breaking a rule.
After establishing the Petersburg chapter with the help of two other undercover agents and two paid informants, Grabman became a full-fledged member July 4, 2009. However, it did not happen without some scary moments in which he thought his cover might have been blown.
Grabman said the Warlocks posted a picture of him on the Internet after he helped bring their operation down, identifying him as an undercover agent, so he was always nervous about being recognized.
One time he noticed a woman at an Outlaws function he knew from his Warlocks days, but she didn't recognize him. Another time he deliberately ducked behind another person when a photo was taken — a move that aroused the suspicion of an Outlaws leader who accused him of being a police officer but ultimately accepted his denial.
In addition to Rosga and Werth, the defendants are William Davey, 46, described by prosecutors as the "enforcer" in the Asheville, N.C., chapter; and Mark Spradling of Hickory, N.C., treasurer of the region that encompasses Virginia and the Carolinas.
Twenty-seven Outlaws members were indicted in June. One was shot to death as federal agents tried to arrest him in Maine. Fifteen have entered guilty pleas, charges against one were dropped, and six will be tried later.


Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/ap/outlaws-biker-gang-trial-continuing-in-va-105419608.html#ixzz13AS9jwpS

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Wild Success Of THE SONS OF ANARCHY Might Have Influenced Hells Angels General Store (Wizbang Pop!)


Wild Success Of THE SONS OF ANARCHY Might Have Influenced Hells Angels General Store (Wizbang Pop!): "THE SONS OF ANARCHY has been a wild success. And there's sure a lot of interesting stuff to be found over at Ebay. Maybe these two worlds have somehow come together when even the Hells Angels Los Angeles chapter have a store over at Ebay that sells bumper stickers, magnets, clothing and other items. Under the Ebay seller name losangelescosupportproducts, the local motorcycle club chapter has a very good rating of 99.7% customer satisfaction, which is really quite good. Most customers give the dealer high praise for great customer service.
Interestingly, more than a few of the items almost look like they could be straight from some JC Penney catalog or something, and with several years of Ebay sales on the huge international auction site, the motorcycle organization runs an efficient and well run business."

Video shows Hells Angels bikers driving dangerously to slain teen's funeral

Video shows Hells Angels bikers driving dangerously to slain teen's funeral: "RCMP have seized the Harleys of two full-patch Hells Angels after they allegedly raced across the Lower Mainland at speeds of up to 160 kilometres an hour on their way to the funeral of slain teen Laura Szendrei.
The two men were wearing their deathhead patches when they whipped past an unmarked police car on Highway 1 near 200th Street in Langley close to noon Wednesday."

Accused says Hells Angels attacked him - Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Accused says Hells Angels attacked him - Monday, Oct. 18, 2010: "Michael Keller, 39, of 4 Aladdin Circle, Derry, challenged an attempted first-degree assault charge in Manchester District Court Monday. Using a few colorful words to describe the Hells Angels, Keller claimed he was assaulted by Hells Angels members inside Cactus Jack's Sunday night and police did nothing about it."

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member will appear in court today charged with conspiracy to murder

Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online: "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member will appear in court today charged with conspiracy to murder following investigations into the shooting of Peter Zervas last March.

On 29 March 2009, Hells Angels member Peter Zervas was shot a number of times as he got out of his car in the driveway of his home at Lakemba.

Strike Force Mezen, comprising officers from the State Crime Command’s Gang Squad, was formed to investigate the shooting and, about 2pm yesterday, detectives attended a unit in Aurora Place at Redfern.

A 28-year-old man, who police will allege is a member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was arrested at the premises and taken to Redfern Police Station."

Monday, 11 October 2010

Rebels bikies roar into Geelong - Local News - Geelong, VIC, Australia

Rebels bikies roar into Geelong - Local News - Geelong, VIC, Australia: "600 members of the Rebels bikie gang caused a stir at Eastern Beach yesterday but were on their best behaviour when they stopped at Geelong at the weekend.
Usually popular with young families at the weekend, Eastern Beach became a sea of leather on Saturday as the motorcycle members inundated Geelong on their national ride.Geelong Police controlled traffic in the area after being alerted to the visit just hours before the bikers arrived, and reported this morning that the bikies had behaved well during their overnight stay in the city.
Karen, a mother of two told the Geelong Advertiser she was initially concerned when she saw the bikies roar into the waterfront."

WA Bikies Not At War: Club Deroes | Finks | Coffin Cheaters

WA Bikies Not At War: Club Deroes | Finks | Coffin Cheaters: "Club Deroes bikie gang has denied any involvement in the brawl between members of the Finks and Coffin Cheaters at Perth Motorplex, claiming police are running a public fear campaign.
Heavily armed police swarmed 20 properties belonging to Coffin Cheaters and Finks motorcycle gangs on Friday and charged six members from each club with drugs and weapons offences.
The police raids were part of an ongoing investigation into a vicious brawl at the Motorplex in Kwinana, which involved about 20 Finks and Coffin Cheaters bikies and ended in one Fink being shot, another having three fingers severed and a third bikie being bashed."

No bail over bikie - National News - National - General - Albany Weekender

No bail over bikie - National News - National - General - Albany Weekender: "ALLEGED Comanchero bikie accused of shooting rival Hells Angels member Peter Zervas appeared in court yesterday.
Police from the NSW Gang Squad charged Charles Moa, 28, of Redfern, on Friday with conspiracy to murder and participating in an organised crime group. He is accused of belonging to the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by magistrate Chris McRobert at Parramatta Bail Court. Mr Moa will appear at Central Local Court on October 21 via a video link."

Bikie boss in court over coke ring | Fraser Coast News | Local News in Fraser Coast | Fraser Coast Chronicle

Bikie boss in court over coke ring | Fraser Coast News | Local News in Fraser Coast | Fraser Coast Chronicle: "WIDE BAY Rebels bikie gang president Adam McCrea fronted court yesterday along with those accused of trafficking cocaine for the drug ring he allegedly headed.
On March 11 this year McCrea was arrested near Tiaro after police pulled him over on the Bruce Highway and allegedly found cocaine in his car.
The court heard that in the lead- up to his arrest police had been monitoring members of the Rebels bikie gang, and in particular McCrea, as part of an investigation into what they believed was a cocaine trafficking ring between Hervey Bay and the Gold Coast.
Eight people including McCrea have been charged with drug trafficking as part of Operation Ice Mix.
Yesterday morning two of those accused, Mark Darran Berghofer and Peter Ross Hill, were the first to face the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
They were released on bail and ordered to stand trial in the Hervey Bay District Court on a date to be set."

Mongrel Mob members wear red as their gang colour. Yellow is the colour associated with the rival Tribesmen gang

Gang colours banned in court - crime - national | Stuff.co.nz: "judge has banned the colours red and yellow from the High Court at Rotorua's public gallery while a murder trial involving Mongrel Mob members and associates is underway.
Justice Edwin Wylie has also forbidden photographs from being displayed in the gallery.
Mongrel Mob members wear red as their gang colour. Yellow is the colour associated with the rival Tribesmen gang.
On trial are eight Mongrel Mob members, Quentin Duane Pukeroa, Kingi Morgan Gemmell, Lynette Victoria Teddy, Massey Ngaheu, Jason Kirk Iopata, Clayton Fox, Terry John Faataape and William Te Paire Aramoana.
Pukeroa has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 16-year-old Jordan Herewini and attempted murder of Iwi Delamere"

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Coffin Cheaters and the South-Australian based Finks were involved.

Police in Perth are yet to lay charges over an argument between two bikie gangs which left three men in hospital with bullet and stab wounds.

All of the men have serious head injuries after a fight between the two gangs at the Kwinana Motorplex yesterday afternoon.

One of the men received a gun shot wound and another multiple stab wounds.

Police will not say if Coffin Cheaters and the South-Australian based Finks were involved.

Police have previously expressed concern about the two gangs after Coffin Cheater Troy Mercanti was recruited by the Finks in 2008 to help set up a Western Australian chapter.

The Motorplex denies any knowledge of an incident involving weapons.

The three men are refusing to cooperate with police and no charges have been laid.

BIKIE has been taken to hospital after he says he injured himself with his own knuckleduster.

BIKIE has been taken to hospital after he says he injured himself with his own knuckleduster.

Police and ambulances were called to the Rebels Motorcycle Clubhouse in Sunshine just after 8am today, the Herald Sun reports.

Dozens of bikies were at the address when emergency crews arrived.

A police spokeswoman said the victim told officers his injuries were caused by himself.

It’s believed members of the outlaw motorcycle group were preparing to leave on their national ride to Mildura this morning.

Six hundred members of the group have been travelling from Sydney over the past couple of days.

ALLEGED Comanchero bikie accused of shooting rival Hells Angels member Peter Zervas appeared in court yesterday

ALLEGED Comanchero bikie accused of shooting rival Hells Angels member Peter Zervas appeared in court yesterday.

Police from the NSW Gang Squad charged Charles Moa, 28, of Redfern, on Friday with conspiracy to murder and participating in an organised crime group. He is accused of belonging to the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.

He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by magistrate Chris McRobert at Parramatta Bail Court. Mr Moa will appear at Central Local Court on October 21 via a video link.

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