Ban­di­dos biker gang lead­ers charged

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Na­tional lead­ers of the Ban­di­dos biker gang were ar­rested Wed­nes­day on charges ac­cus­ing them of rack­e­teer­ing and wag­ing a deadly “war” on the ri­val Cos­sacks gang, fed­eral au­thor­i­ties said. An in­dict­ment an­nounced by the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in San An­to­nio ac­cuses three Ban­di­dos lead­ers of sanc­tion­ing a three-year fight that in­cluded vi­o­lent clashes with ri­val gangs and dis­tri­bu­tion of metham­phetamine. The ac­cu­sa­tions fo­cus on a ri­valry that came un­der re­newed at­ten­tion in May, when a meet­ing of biker groups at a Twin Peaks restau­rant in Waco, Texas, ended in gun­fire that left nine peo­ple dead. The fed­eral in­dict­ment ac­cuses John Por­tillo, the Ban­di­dos’ na­tional vice-pres­i­dent, of us­ing dues and do­na­tions to pay le­gal ex­penses of its mem­bers days af­ter the Waco shoot­ing. Por­tillo, na­tional pres­i­dent Jef­frey Pike and na­tional sergeant-atarms Justin Cole Forster are charged with rack­e­teer­ing, drug dis­tri­bu­tion and other crimes.

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