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LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRESTS MEMBERS/ASSOCIATES OF THE BANDIDO OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANG AND ITS AFFILIATED SUPPORT CLUBS ON CONSPIRACY, NARCOTICS AND FIREARMS CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas — Following a several year-long criminal investigation by the FBI, DEA and other law enforcement agencies into the illicit distribution of drugs and firearms in North Texas by the Bandido Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (BOMG) and its affiliated support clubs, e.g., the Los Homeboys OMG, and the Rebel Riders OMG, law enforcement arrested numerous defendants this morning in an early-morning takedown. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms, vehicles and cash. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks, of the Northern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey, Jr., of the FBI and Special Agent in Charge James Capra of the Dallas Division of the DEA.

“These Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) arrests - the result of an excellent, well-coordinated, multi-agency law enforcement investigation - illustrate the success of our District’s federal, state and local law enforcement partners’ collaboration in taking down these drug trafficking networks,” said U.S. Attorney Jacks.”

“The significance of the extensive and long term investigative effort that resulted in the arrests today represents our continuing commitment to the dismantling of organized criminal organizations in the United States,” said Special Agent in Charge Casey. “In this case, criminal activity within the Bandido Outlaw Motorcycle gang was the center of our attention. Dismantling the gang's infrastructure by arresting key suspects and by removing the locations where the gang launched its criminal activity was our focus. By working in a joint investigative environment the FBI, along with the ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshal Service, Abilene Police Department, Arlington Police Department, Fort Worth Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, North Richland Hills Police Department, Tarrant County Narcotics Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Attorney's Office makes clear that such pervasive criminal activities will not be tolerated.”

“Combining efforts with our federal, state and local partners is paramount in our efforts to protect our communities from the scourge of drugs," said Special Agent in Charge Capra. “The DEA will continue to identify, dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking organizations determined to soil our cities. Today is a fine example of what the DEA can do when we join forces with the law enforcement community. Case agents, officers, prosecutors and administrative personnel should be proud of their efforts today.”

Six federal complaints have been partially unsealed as to the defendants arrested. Some of the defendants are charged in more than one complaint. All those arrested locally are expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton, beginning tomorrow afternoon at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, Tx.

The first complaint charges numerous individuals with conspiring, from August 30 to September 19, 2011, to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Individuals charged and in custody on this complaint include:

  • John Pena Medellin, aka “Papa John” and “Uncle John,” 61, of Fort Worth, Tx
  • Deanna Renae Medellin, 41, of Fort Worth
  • Jason Alfred Martinez, 32,of Fort Worth
  • Yreneo Joseph Lujano, aka “Mexican Joe,” 42, of Keller, Tx
  • Rogerio Mata, aka “Roy,” 54
  • Martin Ortega, Jr., aka “Koke,” 51, of Fort Worth
  • Vanessa Ponce, 32, of Fort Worth
  • Misty Louise Castoreno, 33, of Fort Worth
  • Travis Presley, 58, of Fort Worth
  • Mark Anthony Coronado, 44, of Fort Worth
  • Rudy Aguiano, aka “Big Rudy,” 46, of Fort Worth
  • Christopher Kinsey, aka “Bandido Skinny,” 34, of Jacksboro, Tx
  • David Gregory Richmond, 37, of Abilene, Tx
  • Cynthia Carden Holliday, 44, of Abilene

According to this complaint, John Pena Medellin is the President and founder of the Los Homeboys motorcycle gang which is affiliated with the BOMG. The BOMG uses Los Homeboys and John Medellin and his associates as a supply source for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

The second complaint also charges numerous individuals with conspiring, from June 1, 2009, to the date of this complaint, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Individuals charged and in custody in this complaint include:

  • Kenneth Marshal Holcomb, aka “Kenny,” 29, of Fort Worth
  • Christopher Ray Kinsey, aka “Bandido Skinny,” 34, of Jacksboro
  • Erin Myshea Hartzell-Kinsey, aka “Erin” and “Shay” (phonetic), 29, of Jacksboro
  • Alexander James Baker, aka “Alex,” 24

A third complaint charges individuals with conspiring, beginning on June 22, 2007, and continuing until the date of the complaint, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Individuals charged and in custody in this complaint include:

  • Daniel Patrick Moore, aka “Danny,” 50, of Hurst, Tx
  • James Paul Pope, aka “Pokey,” 56, of Arlington, Tx
  • Morgan Clifford Wood, aka “Roca Mick,” 31, of Arlington, Tx

A fourth complaint charges individuals with conspiring, from January 1, 2010 to the date of the complaint, to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Individuals charged and in custody on this complaint include:

  • Christopher Ray Kinsey, aka “Bandido Skinny,” 34, of Jacksboro
  • Timothy Richie Love, aka “Leatherneck Sniper,” 39, of Burleson, Tx
  • William Hoover Hill, aka “Bandido Will” and “Opie,” 23, of Fort Worth
  • Bryan Gerald Vincent, aka “Highlander Freebird,” 44, of San Francisco, Ca

A fifth complaint charges individuals with conspiring, from January 1, 2010, to the date of this complaint, to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Individuals charged and in custody on this complaint include:

  • Gerardo Gomez, Jr., aka “Bandido Junior Ray,” 29
  • Jason Earl Morris, aka “Sarge,” 33

The sixth complaint charges one individual, who is in custody, with possessing a machine gun in January 2011:

  • Benjamin Edward Neuner, aka “Rebel Rider Ben,” 58, of Alvarado, Texas

The complaint states that Neuner provided numerous firearms, laser sights and ammunition to the BOMG, including firearms he had altered to obscure the ballistic information of any bullet that might be fired from the firearm.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matters to a grand jury for indictment.

The statutory penalties for the offenses charged in the complaints are:

  • ∙ conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin - five years to 40 years in federal prison
  • ∙ conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine - 10 years to life in prison
  • ∙ conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine - 10 years to life in prison
  • ∙ conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine - 10 years to life in prison
  • ∙ conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine - five years to life in prison
  • ∙ possession of a machine gun - up to 10 years in prison

All carry substantial fines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua T. Burgess is in charge of the prosecution.

 

 

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