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Jury hears recordings of Bandidos Motorcycle Club Conspiracy- Odds Stacking Up. Rats and Recordings

By James “Hollywood” Macecari

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The trial of former high ranking officers of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is going all that well. The evidence the “G” is starting to present is a Rat and Recording super platter. The other day we brought you two of the governments rats Justin Cole “Rat” Forster former National Sgt At Arms and DanChopper Dan” Schild who founded the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club after quitting the Bandidos M/C and now news is breaking that the “G” wants to use recordings allegedly made by Portillo on March 3, 2015 (14 days before Twin Peaks ) in which he says

“Tell all your members that, uh …There’s gonna be, uh … We’re gonna up the donations,” Portillo reportedly said. “A lot of people that care about this club are gonna go to jail. The rest of you guys, if you don’t care, just pay. Yeah, I mean … you know what I mean, Johnny? Well, you got some guys who are going to do the fighting, and you got some other guys who are going to do nothing, so … we’re going to get you out of jail. We’re not going to let you sit in jail for club business. … I asked the guy in Houston to turn his back from what I’m gonna do.”

The Recordings were allowed into court as of this articles printing.

DeGuerin who is the attorney for Pike argues that Portillo’s statements “merely reported what Portillo told others in the past” and “were not made to advance any conspiracy that could include Pike”.

Word of advice for the future. Take it or leave it if ya want. For every 3 members of a motorcycle club, 1 is always going to be an informant. Wish it wasn’t true, but that’s just the facts of life. Just because someone has your patch now a days don’t mean they will always have your back. When people are facing hard time, especially these younger ones like Justin Cole, they will turn into a twitty bird in a heart beat.

Related Justin Cole “Rat” Forster- Former National Sgt At Arms Bandido “We are a criminal Organization” Testifies against Pike and Portillo- Someone needs to call an exterminator

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By Guillermo Contreras

A lawyer for former Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Jeffrey Fay Pike wants a judge to exclude from a racketeering trial recordings made by a co-defendant that the attorney argues could be prejudicial to his client.

Portillo and Pike are on trial over a 13-count indictment alleging the former national leaders of the Bandidos sanctioned or directed members to commit murder, assault, extortion and other crimes in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise. Both deny the charges.

The recordings issue stalled testimony on Friday, and Pike’s attorney Dick DeGuerin filed a motion Monday with Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra,saying he expects more wire recording excerpts to be offered by prosecutors that also should be barred.

Some of the statements in question were made by Portillo on March 3, 2015, prosecutors said in a response to DeGuerin’s motion, and center on a discussion of when the leadership raised club dues in anticipation of casualties in a “war” the Bandidos were having with a rival, the Cossacks Motorcycle Club.

“Tell all your members that, uh …There’s gonna be, uh … We’re gonna up the donations,” Portillo reportedly said. “A lot of people that care about this club are gonna go to jail. The rest of you guys, if you don’t care, just pay. Yeah, I mean … you know what I mean, Johnny? Well, you got some guys who are going to do the fighting, and you got some other guys who are going to do nothing, so … we’re going to get you out of jail. We’re not going to let you sit in jail for club business. … I asked the guy in Houston to turn his back from what I’m gonna do.”

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The prosecution’s filing said “the guy in Houston” refers to Pike, and that the statements demonstrate how Portillo “adhered to the command structure within the Bandidos organization by seeking prior approval/authorization from the national president.”

DeGuerin argues that Portillo’s statements “merely reported what Portillo told others in the past” and “were not made to advance any conspiracy that could include Pike. DeGuerin argues that previous cases have shown that such statements are inadmissible.

DeGuerin further argues that any statements Romo made are irrelevant to Pike because he was not a party to the conversation, “thus rendering Romo’s statements unfairly prejudicial and inadmissible as to Pike.” Additionally, any statements Romo made are inadmissible because Pike can’t cross-examine him, DeGuerin wrote.

But prosecutors argue that the statements are admissible.

Romo, meanwhile, pleaded guilty in September 2017 to murder in aid of racketeering and discharging a firearm during murder in aid of racketeering.

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Jurors in a biker racketeering trial heard wiretap and body wire recordings Tuesday that a judge says establish the Bandidos Motorcycle Club was a conspiracy at the time it was steered by its former two top leaders.

Before testimony began Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra ruled outside the presence of the jury that prosecutors could introduce the four recordings as part of their evidence against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and then-vice president, John Xavier Portillo. The pair are charged in a 13-count racketeering indictment and face up to life in prison if convicted.

The excerpts came from intercepted phone calls by other Bandidos or recordings captured by body wire worn by a former high-ranking member, Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo, who is awaiting sentencing for his role in a racketeering murder

The recordings, all made in 2015, captured Portillo discussing with Romo or other Bandidos how the club maintained order among its members, raising club dues to help members with legal fees for arrests or charges stemming from a war the Bandidos declared on rival motorcycle clubs, how Bandidos members — upon arrest — were told to provide court paperwork to the leaders as part of an effort to weed out Bandidos who turned police informants, and how the club imposes fines for not attending mandatory motorcycle “runs.”

Pike’s lead lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, challenged the admissibility of the recordings , arguing that no conspiracy existed and that the discussions had nothing to do with the furtherance of a conspiracy.

“There has been enough evidence to find by a preponderance of evidence that a conspiracy exists,” Ezra said in announcing his ruling.

The judge, going through each recording, also said it was clear the talks were not merely “idle chatter” as DeGuerin claimed, but discussions in furtherance of the Bandidos’ conspiracy.

“The Bandidos don’t have general court martials,” Ezra said. “….You’re not dealing with an old lady’s knitting club.”

After the ruling, prosecutors played the recordings and other wiretap evidence, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Chad Lloyd gave his interpretation of what the conversations were about.

Under cross-examination, Lloyd acknowledged Romo is one of several Bandidos who cooperated with the feds in the investigation in exchange for reduced charges or other benefits.

Lloyd testified that Romo agreed to cooperate with the government after the DEA arrested him in February 2014 on cocaine charges. Romo wore while meeting with various Bandidos, including Portillo, over a year.

The feds helped him get a reduced sentence of 24 months, rather than the 60 months the drug charges mandated, Lloyd testified under cross-examination by DeGuerin and Portillo’s lead lawyer, Mark Stevens.

Lloyd also said Romo did not initially tell federal agents about his involvement in the 2006 killing of rival biker Anthony W. Benesh III in Austin. And when later asked if he or his brother were involved, Romo was untruthful when he denied it, Lloyd acknowledged to Stevens and DeGuerin.

In September, Romo, his brother and two other then-Bandidos pleaded guilty in September 2017 to murder and discharging a firearm, both in aid of racketeering.

Also Tuesday, a former high-ranking member of the Texas Mexican Mafia testified that his gang had an agreement with the Bandidos in which members of the biker club did not have to pay a street tax to deal drugs on Mexican Mafia turf.

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