Bandidos biker gang leaders charged
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.