AT WAR WITH THE COS­SACKS

Emirates Man - - FEATURE | BIKERS -

With Cham­bers’ ar­rest and im­pris­on­ment for the El Paso mur­ders, many thought the Ban­di­dos were nished. But time and time again, af­ter high-pro le busts, the MC has con­tin­ued to thrive. To­day, with 900 US mem­bers, in 93 chap­ters, the Depart­ment Of Jus­tice con­sid­ers the gang an in­creas­ingly threat­en­ing crim­i­nal out t. It says the gang is one the largest crime syn­di­cates in the US.

Th­ese mem­ber­ship gures could be a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate. The MC is al­ways look­ing to add new chap­ters and, as well as be­ing a pros­e­lytis­ing gang, has a net­work of sup­port clubs that swear al­le­giance to the Ban­di­dos. Those who won’t kneel – or worse, take a stand – face the con­se­quences.

Ju­lian Sher is au­thor of An­gels Of Death: In­side The Bik­ers’ Global Crime Em­pire: “The Waco shoot­ings re­veal the real, dark side of out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gangs. The myth of the ‘Easy Rider’ still rides high in the United States. But the Ban­di­dos are one of the few biker gangs that strad­dle the globe, ght­ing for crime turf – of­ten vi­o­lently. They don’t take kindly to smaller

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