Mongols Motorcycle Club

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Mongols Motorcycle Club
Mongols (motorcycle club) logo.jpg
Founded 1969
Location East Los Angeles, California
Key people Primarily Hispanic American and Native American (in the USA) [1]
Primarily Mhallami in Germany [2]
Type Outlaw motorcycle club
Region USA, Europe, Mexico, Israel, Australia
Membership 1000-1500
Website www.mongolsmc.com

The Mongols Motorcycle Club, sometimes called the Mongol Nation or Mongol Brotherhood, is a "one-percenter" outlaw motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate. The club is headquartered in southern California and was originally formed in Montebello, California, in 1969.[3] Law enforcement officials estimate there are approximately 1000-1500 full-patched members (with the expansion in Australia in 2013). The Mongols' main presence is in southern California, with chapters in 14 states, as well as international chapters in 13 countries.[4][5][6][7]

Criminal activities[edit]

The Mongols members have had long-running confrontations with law enforcement in such areas as drug dealing (especially methamphetamine), money laundering, robbery, extortion, firearms violations, murder, and assault, among other crimes.[8][9][10][11][12]

Incidents[edit]

In 1998, ATF agent William Queen infiltrated the club, eventually becoming a full-patch member and rising to the rank of treasurer using the undercover alias of Billy St. John. In April 2000, based on evidence gathered during Queen's 28-month undercover time with the club, 54 Mongols were arrested. All but one of the accused were later convicted of various crimes including drug trafficking, motorcycle theft, and conspiracy to commit murder.[13]

In 2002, members of the Mongols and the Hells Angels had a confrontation in Laughlin, Nevada, at the Harrah's Laughlin Casino, that left three bikers dead.[14] Mongol Anthony 'Bronson' Barrera, 43, was stabbed to death; and two Hells Angels — Jeramie Bell, 27, and Robert Tumelty, 50, — were shot to death. On February 23, 2007, Hells Angels members James Hannigan and Rodney Cox were sentenced to two years in prison for their respective roles in the incident. Cox and Hannigan were captured on videotape confronting Mongols inside the casino. A Hells Angels member can be clearly seen on the casino security videotape performing a front kick on a Mongol which in turn started the ensuing melee.

Mongols member Christopher Ablett turned himself in to authorities in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on October 4, 2008 after going on the run for murdering Hells Angels President Mark "Papa" Guardado in San Francisco, California earlier that year. The San Francisco Police Department had issued a $5 million arrest warrant for him.[15] He was convicted of murder in aid of racketeering and three gun charges on February 23, 2012, in San Francisco.[16]

On December 20, 2008, in Las Vegas, Mongols members arrived at "A Special Memories Wedding Chapel" for a fellow member's wedding, to find a local Hells Angels charter were just finishing up their own ceremony. It is reported by KTNV Channel 13 news, that the Hells Angels attacked the Mongols members, sending three to a hospital, two of whom suffered from stab wounds. No arrests were made and local authorities report that they are looking for suspects said to be involved in the attack.[17]

Operation Black Rain[edit]

Operation Black Rain was an operation by the ATF in 2008 to stop alleged criminal activity within the Mongols Motorcycle Club.[18]

On October 21, 2008, 38 members, including Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, were taken into Federal custody after four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents infiltrated the group for a second time, becoming full patch members. 110 arrest warrants and 160 search warrants were issued in California, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon.[19] On October 23, 2008, US District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted an injunction that prohibits club members, their family members and associates from wearing, licensing, selling, or distributing the logo, which typically depicts the profile of a Mongolian warrior wearing sunglasses, because according to the police, they use the logo and names as an identity and as a form of intimidation to fulfill their goals. Prosecutors requested the injunction after authorities arrested dozens of Mongols under a racketeering indictment.[20][21]

The club president Ruben Cavazos and others pleaded guilty to the racketeering charge and Cavazos faces up to 20 years in prison along with the others arrested. Cavazos was later voted out of the club by its members on August 30, 2008.[citation needed] [22]

A planned weekend meeting in Lancaster, California, expected to draw 800 Mongols and their families, was blocked after city officials shut down and fenced off the hotel they had booked for the event, which coincides with the "Celebrate Downtown Lancaster" festival. The mayor had previously threatened to shut down the hotel over unpaid taxes if the agreement to host the Mongols was not canceled. An attorney for the Mongols said he plans to sue the city and the mayor, potentially for civil rights violations, after previously threatening to sue the hotel for breach of contract should they comply with the mayor's demands.[23][24] Mayor R. Rex Parris said he wants to keep the Mongols out because they "are engaged in domestic terrorism...and they kill our children."[25]

After a long legal battle with the DOJ and ATF over the Mongols' MC patch, the Mongols won the rights to continued use and ownership of their patch.[26][27]

The television show America's Most Wanted had exclusive access to the operation, and broadcast behind-the-scenes footage of the many arrests.

Mongols MC Germany[edit]

A German chapter of Mongols MC was founded in Bremen by members of the local crime syndicate run by Lebanese immigrants in 2010. It was the first time that a Muslim clan-based crime syndicate in Germany became active in the field of outlaw motorcycle clubs.[28] Organized crime in Bremen is dominated by the Miri-Clan, a large family of Lebanese origin with an estimated 2,600 members, who first migrated to Germany beginning in the late 1980s, and rose to national notoriety with a number of large-scale criminal activities in 2010.[29]

According to Andreas Weber, the state of Bremen's chief of criminal investigation, the new Mongols chapter is only nominally a motorcycle group. Clan members do not have motorcycle licences and drive around the city in cars. Presumably, they are interested in associating themselves with the US motorcycle club primarily to profit from their infrastructure and trading channels in drug trafficking. The president of Mongols Bremen, "Mustafa B." accidentally killed himself with his bike as a novice licence holder briefly after the chapter's foundation. He was presumably succeeded by "Ibrahim M.", who is on record with 147 felonies ranging from grievous bodily harm to illegal possession of a weapon.[30]

Local daily newspaper Kölnische Rundschau reports that a further German Mongols chapter has become active in Cologne, which is a traditional Hells Angels area.[31]

Mongols MC Michigan[edit]

During the 1970s and 1980s there was a Mongols Motorcycle Club based out of Michigan with other chapters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Mongols MC based out of Michigan were not affiliated with the Mongols MC from southern California. Chapters of the Michigan based Mongols MC have since been dissolved or absorbed into larger motorcycle clubs like the Outlaws MC.[32][33]

Mongols MC Australia[edit]

In October 2013 the Finks MC had a national meeting in Adelaide and voted to patch over to the Mongols MC. The move makes the Mongols one of the largest bike gangs in Australia with 400 members. The patch over was attributed to a need to change the culture, to move from a gang back to a motorcycle club and institute a structure whereby there were consequences for actions. Police dismissed the reasons given for the patch over as propaganda.

Mongols Alcohol, Drugs and Criminal Conviction Policy

1. Any member using, selling, transporting or possession heroin, cocaine or any other illegal drug which includes marijuana shall be automatically expelled from the club.

2. Any members convicted of any serious felony including, but not limited to, murder, rape, robbery, or burglary shall be automatically expelled from the club as soon as the conviction is final.

3. No member shall inject or be injected with any illegal drug or face automatic expulsion from the club; the only exception is a valid and proven legal medication.

4. Officers in charge at a club function shall maintain a high degree of sobriety or face disciplinary action.

5. No member shall smoke cocaine or speed. Violations will result in expulsion from the club.

6. If a Brother with a drug problem comes to the club and asks for help, rather than getting caught, an exception can be made depending on the circumstances.

7. The club is not responsible for lawyers or bail bondsmen unless a national officer has authorised it.

8. If a member knowingly acts out on his own and is arrested for guns, drugs or any illegal activity, it is not the responsibility of the club to provide a lawyer or a bail bondsman for his actions.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mongols MC - AskMen
  2. ^ Eine GroĂ&#x;familie kassiert Sozialhilfe und tyrannisiert Bremen | Unzensuriert.at
  3. ^ Organized Crime in California Annual Report the California Legislature 2004 [1]
  4. ^ "The Official Site of the Mongols Motorcycle Club". MongolsMC.com. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  5. ^ http://mongolsmc.it/chapter.html
  6. ^ mongolsmcscandinavia.com
  7. ^ http://mongolsmc.no/chapters.html
  8. ^ Glover, Scott (October 22, 2008). "U.S. targets bikers' identity; Prosecutor vows to strip Mongols of their name after 61 members are arrested as a result of a 3-year probe.". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif). p. A.1 
  9. ^ "Mongols motorcycle gang members arrested". USA Today. October 21, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ Watkins, Thomas (October 21, 2008). "Mongols Motorcycle Gang Arrested In Federal Sweep". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  11. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mongols-members-gang-2201754-agents-hoffman
  12. ^ "Feds seize biker gangs trademark". Andrew Orlowski, The Register, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/22/doj_seizes_biker_trademark/, accessed 25th October 2008.
  13. ^ Queen, William Under and Alone : The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, Random House, 2005 (ISBN 1400060842)
  14. ^ "Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/30/2002; LAUGHLIN SHOOTOUT: Signs told of melee in making". Reviewjournal.com. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  15. ^ Stannard, Matthew B. (2008-10-08). "'Polite' Surrender in Hells Angels Killing". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  16. ^ Lee, Henry K. (February 24, 2012). "Guilty verdict in murder of Hells Angels leader". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  17. ^ KTNV ABC, Channel 13 News story on Event[dead link]
  18. ^ October 21, 2008. ATF Seattle Executes Numerous Search and Arrest Warrants in Operation Black Rain from Reuters.com
  19. ^ [2][dead link]
  20. ^ The Associated Press (October 23, 2008). "Judge bans Mongols from wearing trademark logo". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  21. ^ October 22, 2008. Raid targets Mongols motorcycle gang from Los Angeles Times.
  22. ^ "Mongols ex-leader pleads guilty to racketeering, faces 20 years in prison - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  23. ^ Currier, Craig (July 17, 2009). "Mongols fenced out; Officials shut down inn to block gang". Antelope Valley Press [dead link]
  24. ^ Currier, Craig (July 16, 2009). "Mongols vow lawsuit to hold rooms at inn". Antelope Valley Press [dead link]
  25. ^ Simmons, Ann M. (July 17, 2009). "Lancaster mayor trying to keep Mongols motorcycle club out of town; Mayor R. Rex Parris has moved to shut down a local motel that had agreed to accommodate the bikers during an annual meeting this weekend". Los Angeles Times 
  26. ^ Rivera vs. Carter, et al., Case No.2:09-cv-2435-FMC-VBKx; http://www.scribd.com/doc/18066304/Rivera-v-US-Mongols-Trademark-Pi-Ruling
  27. ^ January 10, 2010. Mongols Win Case Again from The Aging Rebel.
  28. ^ Hells Angels vs. Bremen Mongols: Biker War Feared in Germany ABC News 21 October 2010. Der Spiegel 18 October 2010
  29. ^ "Bild 18 October 2010" (in German). Bild.de. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  30. ^ Hells Angels vs. Bremen Mongols: Biker War Feared in Germany ABC News 21 October 2010.
  31. ^ [3] Kölnische Rundschau 25 June 2011.
  32. ^ Bikin' And Brotherhood: My Journey: Dave Charles Spurgeon: 9781449728052: Amazon.com: Books
  33. ^ http://www.damnedtobefree.com/blog/
  34. ^ Wuth Robyn|, Sean (3 November 2013). / "Finks say patch-over to Mongols will restore core values, curb criminal acts and drug use". adelaidenow.com.au. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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