Non-Association status resumed after temporary re-occupation of Presidential Office, Bandidos, U.S.A., from May 4 through May 19
San Antonio – The facts proven up in a June 12 hearing to revoke the former top Bandidos’ bond are simple enough.
There is no President of Bandidos, U.S.A. Here’s how the dispute shakes out, and you may rest assured, it won’t be over until it’s over.
The G’s entire shooting match is a RICO allegation against former Bandidos U.S.A. President George Wegers that begat the current allegation of murder ordered by Jeff Pike over drug territory.
That story cooks from the G’s kitchen all the way from downtown Toronto to Bellingham, Washington, thence to Ostentatious, and onwards – to Twin Peaks-on-the- Brazos, Waco, Texas.
The man facing the charge answered CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera’s question with a question of his own?
“Who’d we murder?”
Because of what the Government’s chief prosecutor in the RICO case against former Bandidos, U.S.A. President Jeff Pike termed new evidence, he is not satisfied with the conditions of Pike’s bond; he will take him back to court on July 12 to revisit the issue.
Eric Fuchs disbelieves that Pike is in fact disassociated from fellow Bandidos, or that he is not in contact with his former associates.
More importantly, he argued on June 12, Pike is heading up an organization that is preparing for war against former members who have formed the Kinfolk MC.
In his final argument to revoke Pike’s bond and take him back into detention, Fuchs told the Magistrate:
“I guess it all boils down to the fact that the defendant intentionally and willfully resumed the presidency of the Bandidos enterprise while he’s on bond for racketeering charges stemming from his leadership of the same criminal enterprise, being the president, and also during a period of escalating tensions and a number of violent attacks on a rival motorcycle club challenging the Bandidos’ territory, power and authority in Texas. They’re at war again, and there are strong parallels between the violating — or the violence going on against the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club and the violence that was going on and against the Cossacks back in 2014 and 2015 that form a basis for the current indictment that we have today.”
In a January 11, 2016 hearing on a motion to revoke his bond, the prosecutors and the Magistrate made it clear it’s all about the money. One remark impossible to notice was that when it was mentioned that Pike operates a custom car garage at his home near Conroe, Tx, one of the lawyers spoke up and said he has one classic car valued at $80,000. That pretty much broke up the discussion over whether Pike is good for the amount of bond imposed by the government.
In testimony for the defense given on June 12, Bandidos, U.S.A. attorney Bill Morian of Jasper, Texas, answered questions put by Pike’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin that proved up the impossibility of such an accusation.
It’s simple enough, he said. The Bandidos national club, Bandidos, U.S.A., has no president.
Though Pike declared himself back in the position between May 4 – the day Bill Sartelle declared himself unwilling to continue as President, and May 19, the day of an organizational meeting in which the club adopted new by-laws as a non-profit corporation named USARG, Inc., similar in legal structure to that of the N.F.L.
It really doesn’t matter what Jeff Pike or anyone else says about the issue, according to Morian’s testimony:
Q. As of that meeting, was Jeffrey Pike not president of the Bandidos?
A. At the time, on May 19th, he was not the president.
Q. In fact, was he ever formally the president after he stepped down in January of 2015?
A. He couldn’t be.
Q. And why not?
A. Because the way everything had been set up formally through USARG, Inc., there are formalities that have to be followed, and the bylaws have to be followed. And just because someone says that I’m doing this or I’m doing that, it has no effect unless the rules are followed and things are done procedurally.
Q. All right. In essence, what happened on May the 19th is that the directors decided that there would not be a president at all, correct?
A. That’s correct. And there were — the way I understand is that Bill had certain shares in the corporation, and his shares were to be divided equally among the other members in equal shares, so that those remaining members would all be equal shareholders.
Q. As of that date, was Jeff Pike either an officer or a director or have any position of authority in the Bandidos national organization or any other Bandidos organization?
A. I know that he did not have any type of involvement in USARG, Inc., and I’m unaware of any involvement that he had with the national chapter. I just — he was not someone that I dealt with. He’s not someone that I heard from. He’s not someone that I saw, and he was not someone that was mentioned.
The judge bought the argument, continued Pike’s release on bond, but increased the strictures of Pike’s bond conditions to include no change in his travel restrictions, which are limited to the southwestern states, and not the entire continental U.S., as he requested in a motion on May 1.
He is required to give every phone number he uses to the government, as well as to not make any phone calls to former associates or other bikers as he awaits his next revocation hearing on July 12, when the prosecutor will again challenge his non-association status.
Nothing written either by police or bikers has shown any indication that Pike, either as National Vice President, or as President, and Sartelle, as El Secretario, and later as El Presidente, were anything but opposed to affiliation with Bandidos located in foreign lands.
Both men were known to be opposed to the inclusion of foreign chapters in the Bandidos roster.
According to authors of histories of the mass murder of 8 Bandidos by a rival chapter in Ontario, Canada, the event compelling hostilities involved the theft of $300,000 worth of cocaine from the trunk of an illegally parked automobile by a wrecker driver associated with the Bandidos, drugs said to have been the property of the Hells Angels.
No one ever proved the cocaine actually belonged to the Hells Angels. It could very well have belonged to the Government, which is acknowledged by cognoscenti both in and out of the U.S. harness as one of the world’s chief smugglers of illicit narcotics across international borders.
It has never been proven that Pike or anyone else directed those murders, or the murder by gunshot of a man outside a restaurant who was said to be attempting to organize a chapter of the Hells Angels at Austin.
In a press release dated March of this year, Sartelle declared:
“Regarding to the recent indictment referenced above, you state that the following men are members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. This is a FALSE statement; these men are not members of the Bandidos Motorcycle club and we request a correction to your story immediately. The following people Johnny Romo “Downtown Johnny”, Robert Romo and Norberto Serna Jr “Hammer” have been out of our club for 2 ½ years. Jesse James Benavidez “Kronic”is on non-association from the BMC for the same period of time. None of these arrests involved Bandidos Motorcycle Club members…
“Our ties with European and Australian Chapters were severed by us because of their behavior. Similarly, we do not associate with other motorcycle clubs that we know are engaged in illegal activities…The Bandidos are no more a ‘gang’ than various law enforcement motorcycle clubs or professional athletic teams that have players that get into trouble on occasion.”
He asserted that he had placed members of Texas chapters on a status that precludes their membership because of their engagement in illegal activities through their “individual initiative.”
Quite simply, the Bandidos, U.S.A., now organized as USARG, Inc., cannot afford it.
Moreover, there was never a dispute with the Cossacks over rockers on colors – or with any other club. If there was, it was because of “individual initiative” on the part of members of Bandidos chapters, some of which are no longer on a condition of good standing with the mother club.
In a revocation and detention hearing held in January of 2016, the Government was able to prove up the allegation that Pike once denied Hells Angels the permission to wear their colors to a funeral in the Bandidos’ home state of Texas.
But that’s all.