The headline starved Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives celebrated another, successful, undercover, buy bust operation this morning with the announcement that nine alleged members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were arrested in Florida last month.
The Orlando Sentinel, citing a “a jointly released statement” issued by “officials,” reports the “joint operation” was five years long, involved the FBI, the ATF and six Florida law-enforcement agencies and was called Operation Road Rash.
According to the Sentinel, Operation Road Rash resulted in the seizure of 24 stolen firearms “as well as the purchase of narcotics.” According to the Sentinel this is a federal case. Neither the FBI, ATF, the United States Attorneys in any of the three Federal Judicial Districts in Florida nor any of the six, Florida police departments have issued a press release about the operation. None of the accused men named by the Sentinel appear in the Public Access to Court Electronic Records database.
This May Be True
The Florida paper says:
Richard Badali, 51, was arrested in Casselberry, Florida in October and charged selling a firearm to a felon.
William Tendrich, 39, an inmate convicted of assault, was charged with federal firearms violations at the St. Lucie County Jail on October 30.
Michael Carter, 61, was arrested in New Smyrna Beach on October 2 and charged with federal firearms violations.
Anthony Posadas, 65, was arrested in Fort Pierce on October 31 and charged with federal firearms violations.
Michael Clancy, 57, was arrested in Vero Beach on October 2 and charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
Thomas Laakmann, 59, was arrested in Orange City one October 2 and is charged with federal firearms violations.
Jorge Duquen, 52, was arrested in Miami in October and charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
Hector Garcia, 61, was arrested in Miami on October 2 and charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
Robert Klimkowski, 60, was arrested in Melbourne on October 2 and charged with distribution of a controlled substance.