by Brooke Phillips
SAN ANTONIO — A Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was arrested for his alleged role in threatening to harm a government informant.
The United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas said federal authorities arrested San Antonio resident Albert DeLeon, 45, with one count of retaliating against an informant. DeLeon is a member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, and allegedly threatened to harm an individual for the individual providing information relating to the criminal activities of the club.
In 2006, two members of the Bandidos had ordered other members in the club to murder Anthony Benesh who was attempting to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Club in Austin at the time. Several Bandidos members murdered Benesh on March 16, 2006 to “protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandido enterprise.”
In September 2018, the two Bandidos members were sentenced to life in federal prison.
According to a press release, DeLeon had allegedly threatened the individual who provided information and evidence relating to the previous case.
“The arrest of Albert Deleon sends a strong and unified message that the mere intimidation and threating of a Government witness will not be endured and those who commit these offenses will rightfully be brought to justice,” stated Will R. Glaspy, Special Agent in Charge, DEA.
DeLeon appeared Thursday in court and remains in federal custody. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.