John Xavier Portillo, accused of ordering a war on the Cossacks MC
Galveston – As acting President of the Bandidos U.S.A., and Vice President of the mother club, John Portillo declared war on the Cossacks to “protect the Texas rocker,” according to the racketeering indictment he faces in federal court.
The indictment that alleges this may be read by clicking here. Bear in mind, these are allegations the government intends to prove, not a presentment of guilt.
Amid a plethora of other charges, murder to avenge the death of Javier Negrete is prominent. The government alleges that the club used fear to intimidate other patch holders from other clubs not to encroach on their territory.
That proof is far from a done deal.
The next time my readers see anything in these columns will be a report on an interview with Bandidos U.S.A. President Bill Sartelle in this city. His spokesman says he has something to say to the world, and it will be a first for a Bandidos President while occupying his office to give an interview to any form of the media, including social media.
True, Jeffrey Pike gave Ed Lavandera of CNN an interview following the Twin Peaks Massacre, but not as president. He had stepped aside in the aftermath of his arrest and indictment for racketeering.
My intention is to visit with Mr. Sartelle, learn of his expectations and what he wants to accomplish in this historic meeting, and then allow him to say what is on his mind before asking any questions.
It should be well known to one and all that “No comment” is considered a comment when the chips are down – and they’re always down when it comes to the subject at hand.
This sound byte of John Xavier Portillo speaking of a new atmosphere for “outlaw motorcycle organizations” comes from a Belgian television documentary.