Several members of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, including its leader and his predecessor, were arrested during raids throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii. Federal agents made the 22 busts. “The rule of law dealt a serious blow to the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, a so-called ‘brotherhood’ responsible for drug addiction, death and mayhem” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco. According to an unsealed grand jury indictment, 23 members, one died before Friday’s arrests, have been accused of crimes including murder, kidnapping, using and carrying a firearm to commit a violent crime, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit racketeering too. Among those taken into custody were Bradley Michael Campos 50 years old, John Joseph Siemer 60 years old, Pastor Fausto Palafox 53 years old, Albert Lopez 39 years old, Andrew Eloy Lozano 42 years old, James Patrick Gillespie 68 years old, John Chrispin Juarez 69 years old, Paul Jeffrey Voll 52 years old and Albert Benjamin Perez 57 years old. The Mercury News reports that 5 of the members Siemer, Gillespie, Juarez, Lopez and Voll allegedly issued orders to kill rival gang members and lower-ranking Vagos members who violated their rules. Two arrested during the raids, Lozano and Perez, were accused of carrying out orders from leader of Vagos members. “Today’s coordinated takedown of this biker organization’s leadership is a victory for all of us who respect and love our country” Blanco said.

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