Right this minute, open a beer or pour a shot. Walk outside and spill some on the ground. Love them or hate them, the Mongols Motorcycle Club will be missed.
Ruben “Doc” Cavazos flipped on January 23rd. He seems to have gone quickly and easily. He was the very first Mongol to plead guilty to count one of the indictment. He confessed that he led a murdering, drug dealing criminal conspiracy called the Mongols Motorcycle Club. He also confessed “that the Mongols Registered Trademarks afforded a source of influence over the RICO enterprise that defendant admits he established, operated, controlled, conducted and participated in the conduct of….”
“As part of his guilty plea (Cavazos) agreed to the forfeiture of all right, title and
interest in certain assets acquired or maintained by him as a result of his violation of (the RICO statute) including…the ‘Mongols Registered Trademarks’ or ‘marks'” and admitted that the marks were subject to forfeiture to the United States.
The government has also cited the guilty pleas to Count One of the Indictment by numerous defendants besides Cavazos as proof that the Mongols Motorcycle Club is a criminal conspiracy and the name and patch are subject to forfeiture. The government has argued that the pleas demonstrate “a nexus between the violation of which the defendant has been convicted (or to which he has pled) and the property sought.”
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Very soon, perhaps as early as Monday, July 6th, Judge Florence-Marie Cooper will authorize the enforcement of that seizure. Last weekend at a Mongols party, sources have told this page, ATF Agents seized a box of Mongols shirts. Those agents were either jumping the gun or they were practicing.
The day before that party, Assistant United States Attorney Steven R. Welk, Head of the Asset Forfeiture Section, had Cavazos’ attorney, Angel Navarro show Cavazos the final draft of a “Memorandum of Points and Authorities” and the government’s “proposed Preliminary Order of Forfeiture of Registered Trademarks.” Cavazos agreed to allow the forfeiture to begin now.
Technically, the forfeiture of the club trademarks are part of Cavazos’ sentence so the government needed his permission to start that part of his punishment now, before he is formally sentenced.
As soon as Judge Cooper approves the proposed order, the Department of Justice will begin running legal advertisements in newspapers announcing the forfeiture. The forfeiture will become irrevocable and final when Cavazos is formally sentenced. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on February 22nd, 2010.
Who Were The Mongols
The Mongols Motorcycle Club was founded in Los Angeles in 1969. The patch the Mongols wore throughout most of their existence was designed in 1970. Like most clubs during that era, the Mongols were greatly influenced by highly disciplined, profoundly alienated, Vietnam Veterans who had been infected with violence, calloused against mere materialism and greeted upon their return with contempt and scorn.
The Mongols were a relatively unknown club with fewer than 100 members until a dispute over their bottom rocker erupted in 1977. In their early days, the Mongols wore their current three piece patch with a bottom rocker that stated, for example, Long Beach or Southbay. In the mid 1970s some members of the club began wearing a bottom rocker that said California.
When the preeminent club in California, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, objected, the Mongols sewed on a tiny, second bottom rocker above the California rocker. The tiny rocker said Southern.
Some Angels allegedly took that as an insult and much unpleasantness ensued for decades. Men died for the Mongols patch. Men in more than one club died over the issue of the Mongols patch.
The Mongols current troubles seem to spring from the day Doc Cavazos joined the club.
By his own account, Cavazos joined the Mongols without prospecting. In his first year, he has said, he recruited 200 new members who were more loyal to him than to the established hierarchy of the Mongols.
In the first seconds of a well known battle between members of the Mongols and members of the Hells Angels in Laughlin, Nevada in 2002, Mongols President Roger Pinney, a Vietnam veteran, was stabbed four times. While Pinney recovered and tended to the charge the government filed against him, Cavazos, the club’s Mother Chapter Sergeant at Arms, assumed control.
Cavazos may have reached his zenith on May 30, 2008. That evening Cavazos, his son, Lil’ Rubes, and three other Mongols attended the “Book Expo Celebrity Dinner” at a highly regarded place called Restaurant 208 in Beverly Hills. The Mongols were the honored guests of celebrity agent Alan Nevins.
Three months later, Cavazos was voted out of the Mongols in bad standing. Six weeks after that, the Department of Justice unleashed an army of militarized police to arrest Mongols in six states. Three months after that, seven months after his celebrity dinner, he gave up his club.