The Highwaymen in the News

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May 212009
 

Federal and local law enforcement officials announced the largest prosecution of a motorcycle club in the history of Michigan last Thursday as they unsealed indictments against 74 members and associates of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, a national organization based in Detroit.

Thirty defendants were arrested throughout metro Detroit and Lansing; four turned themselves in and one already was in custody. The arrests come after a three-year investigation. The 35-count indictment alleges racketeering, attempted murder and drug trafficking among other charges.

An adviser to the mayor and two former police officers were among dozens of members and associates charged with attempted murder, cocaine and steroid distribution and other crimes. 

 Attorney Hatim “Tim” Attalla, a member of newly elected Mayor Dave Bing’s volunteer crisis team, was named and federal prosecutors said he acted “as general counsel” for the Highwaymen MC, and accused him of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances. 

 William Swor, an attorney for ex-Garden City police sergeant David “Stifler” Tomlan, said his client liked to ride motorcycles and had “done nothing wrong.” Richard Convertino, attorney for former Hamtramck police officer Randell Hutchinson, said his client was not a member or an associate of the Highwaymen. 



The indictment caps a long-running investigation of the Highwaymen by the FBI, the U.S. attorney’s office and state and local law enforcement agencies. Of the 74 people charged, 16 men were accused of being leaders of the gang and of directing others to carry out crimes. Some defendants were accused of conspiring to kill members of another motorcycle club and others were charged with transporting stolen motorcycles into Michigan. 
If convicted, the defendants could face prison sentences that include up to 40 years for cocaine distribution.





Specific crimes alleged in the indictment include:

The Sept. 10, 2003, armed robbery and attempted murder of Ruben Guzman.

A February 2006 robbery of a member of the Liberty Riders Motorcycle Club.

Conspiracies in 2006 and 2007 to murder two other men.

Mongols Video – First Person: bikers Lay blame as club fails

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Oct 242008
 

This video has just hit the web… an interview with Roger Pinney, former Mongols President, and Tony “Snake” Vodnik, former club member.  Both lay blame on Ruben “Doc” Cavazos for the fall of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEu2oUzH2ZE]

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

Oct 222008
 

As you have read earlier in the week, the Mongols Motorcycle Club was subject to a multi-agency investigation that ran three years.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the Montebello Police Department, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were all involved in “Operation Black Rain.”  Apparently four ATF agents were able to infiltrate the club and become full patch members.  They found enough evidence to serve 110 arrest warrants and 160 search warrants in Southern California, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Ohio.  Over 22 bikes were impounded in Los Angeles alone.  Approximately 61 members of Southern California based motorcycle club were arrested under a racketeering indictment that included murder, attempted murder, assault, and gun and drug violations.  In Reno, more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine and 75 weapons were seized.  The findings of other contraband have not been reported.

Ruben Cavazos, the clubs former National President was one of those arrested.  It seems Roger Pinney, a previous National President for the club, alleged that Cavazos was the problem and that the club was “on the verge of cleaning up their act.”

An injunction to seize the Mongols’ trademarked name has been requested by U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien.  If this is granted, which seems ridiculous, law enforcement would be able to seize any member’s cut right off their back and it would not be legal for members to display the club’s name or colors.

Again, if more is reported, I will do what I can to keep you informed.  In the meantime, keep an eye out for my book reviews of titles concerning the Mongols MC.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker