The Bandidos biker gang may be down some leaders now that three of them were named in a federal indictment that includes racketeering. The Bandidos were in the infamous Twin Peaks brawl with rival Cossacks last year in Waco, Texas.
John Xavier Portillo, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club's national vice president, and Justin Cole Forster, the group's national sergeant at arms, were arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, according to the San Antonio Express-News
The Bandidos' president Jeffrey Fay Pike was in federal court in Houston on Wednesday after all three were named in a nine-count indictment, said the Express-News.
According to the indictment
filed in U.S. district court in San Antonio and reported by KSAT-TV
, the Bandidos were accused of a variety of violent acts in connection with their "war" against the Cossacks, another motorcycle gang. The indictment said the Bandidos declared war with the Cossacks in 2013.
Portillo was indicted for receiving methamphetamine from Colorado-area Bandidos members and Forster for selling methamphetamine in 2014. Authorities also accused Pike of one count of interference with commerce by extortion, said the TV station.
Prosecutors added two VICAR – Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering – counts against Portillo, along with one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and interference with commerce by extortion, said KSAT-TV.
Forster's additional counts, included conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of interference with commerce by extortion.
The Express-News said the indictments did not link the men to the May 17 brawl in Waco. Nine people died in that shootout, according to NBC News.
In November, a McLennan County grand jury indicted 106 of the 177 people who were arrested during and after May brawl. The indictments accused suspects of engaging in organized criminal activity, with the underlying offenses of murder and aggravated assault, said District Attorney Abel Reyna, per NBC News.
Authorities reported recovering more than 430 weapons, including 151 firearms, after the braw.
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