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Ex-Bandidos member Richard Steven Merla a member of the “Rat Pack” of witnesses for the government testifies. Best known for repeatedly stabbing San Antonio’s first world boxing champion.

By James “Hollywood” Macecari

James "Hollywood" Macecari

Merla, a member of the Bandidos from 2000 to 2004, is best known for repeatedly stabbing Quiroga in August 2004 during an argument. Quiroga was considered San Antonio’s first world boxing champion, and his death brought unwanted attention to the motorcycle club, which disassociated itself from Merla.

This is the guy the government, our government, has testifying in order to obtain a conviction against members of the Bandidos M/C. An admitted killer who stated “It was personal, it had nothing to do with Bandidos business”.

Portillos’s attorneys rightly brought up in cross examination the following

Portillo’s attorneys swatted at the testimony as self-serving and even retaliatory. In cross-examining Merla, Portillo’s lead lawyer, Mark Stevens, asked Merla if he told a documentary crew in 2007 that if he ever got out of prison, he would retaliate against Portillo for kicking him out of the Bandidos.

“That’s what you’re doing today, isn’t it?” Stevens asked, referring to Merla’s testimony.

Basically what the government is doing right now is throwing everything against the wall in hopes it will stick. Why else would they bring out a government witness that is a convicted murderer, knowing that his testimony is suspect from the get go?

  1. He has already stated that since he was kicked out from the Bandidos he would try to get back at them if he ever got the chance to do so.
  2. He’s a POS murderer who has nothing to loose and everything to gain for testifying against his former club. If the jury cannot see that, they are blind as bats.

The worse thing this country ever did was to grant the government the opportunity to buy some POS testimony. Let’s be honest. That is exactly what the government is doing when they start offering witness protection (At the Tax-payers Dime), cutting years off sentencing for those who admitted guilt and so on and so on. They are buying themselves a witness. They throw these Rats at the jury because they have no other hard facts. This is why they use bought and paid for informants.

If you take away these rats then what does the government have right now on Pike and Portillo? Not a damned thing. See what informants do is muddy up the waters for the jury. Gives them some drama and excitement to keep their attention away from the fact that they have no real case.

I find it incredible that it’s illegal for me or you to say “Buy Off” a potential witness but the government can give them a nice life in witness protection on our dime. They do this knowing that 75% of the time what these people are spilling is utter BS. Take a look at the article below by Guillermo Contreras. He has been on this trial since it has begun.

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Source: My San Antonio

By Guillermo Contreras

The man who killed noted San Antonio boxer Robert “Pikin” Quiroga in 2004 testified Tuesday at a racketeering trial that he also killed another man two years earlier because he had offed a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Ex-Bandidos member Richard Steven Merla testified that a woman working with the Bandidos drove Robert Lara in January 2002 to a dark picnic area along Interstate 37 south of San Antonio, where Merla dragged Lara out of the car. Merla and fellow Bandidos member Frederick “Fast Fred” Cortez then emptied their pistols into him to retaliate for the killing of Javier Negrete, who was secretary of the Bandidos’ Southwest San Antonio chapter at the time.

Negrete was killed in late 2001 when a sport-utility vehicle fired shots at him outside Tiffany’s Billiards, Merla testified. Cortez, then a prospect trying to become a member, returned fire, hitting the SUV, Merla said, and was made a full member. After the Bandidos investigated, John Xavier Portillo, then the chapter’s president, announced at a meeting that Lara had slain Negrete and a plan was hatched to kill Lara, Merla testified.

“You just can’t go around killing Bandidos just to kill us. It don’t work like that,” Merla testified. “You’re not going to kill a Bandido and just get away with it.”

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Merla, a member of the Bandidos from 2000 to 2004, is best known for repeatedly stabbing Quiroga in August 2004 during an argument. Quiroga was considered San Antonio’s first world boxing champion, and his death brought unwanted attention to the motorcycle club, which disassociated itself from Merla.

“It was personal,” Merla said of the killing, adding that it had nothing to do with Bandidos business.

Merla got 40 years for Quiroga’s murder, and 40 years to run concurrently for Lara’s slaying, Merla said.

Merla said Lara’s slaying was club business, and that the day of the Lara killing, he and five other Bandidos — including Portillo — went in three separate cars to the picnic area after Magenta Winans had called Portillo to let him know that she had Lara in the car with her.

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Merla said he and Cortez killed Lara, then all six met up at the home of Portillo’s brother, where Portillo told everyone that no one was to speak of the killing again, Merla said. There, Portillo used a torch to destroy the pistol Portillo had given Merla to shoot Lara, Merla testified.

Later, he and Cortez were given “Expect No Mercy” patches, which are dispensed for a noted act for the club, Merla said.

Merla also said he and other Bandidos, including Portillo, were involved in drug trafficking. Merla, for instance, picked up and delivered five to 10 kilograms a week of both cocaine and methamphetamines to members. In some cases, he delivered kilogram quantities of cocaine and meth to Portillo’s Southeast San Antonio home, and put it in the washer in Portillo’s garage.

Merla’s testimony corroborated Winans’ earlier testimony who besides getting immunity for Lara’s killing, said that she also aided the Bandidos’ drug trafficking and ran the group’s call girl service in San Antonio, Platinum Escorts.

The pair’s testimony was offered by the government in support of a federal indictment that alleges that the Bandidos’ racketeering enterprise spanned 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. While former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike is accused of conspiring with Portillo and other Bandidos in racketeering, the testimony implicated Portillo.

But Portillo’s attorneys swatted at the testimony as self-serving and even retaliatory. In cross-examining Merla, Portillo’s lead lawyer, Mark Stevens, asked Merla if he told a documentary crew in 2007 that if he ever got out of prison, he would retaliate against Portillo for kicking him out of the Bandidos.

“That’s what you’re doing today, isn’t it?” Stevens asked, referring to Merla’s testimony.

“No,” Merla answered.

Pike, of suburban Houston, has been president of the Bandidos since 2006 and was vice president under George Wegers of Washington state, who was removed after he was convicted in his own racketeering case. Portillo, of San Antonio, was promoted to the Bandidos’ national chapter in 2002, first as a sergeant at arms, and he later became the club’s national vice president in 2013, according to testimony.

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