Daniel “Coconut Dan” Horrigan died this summer in Carson City, Nevada.
Horrigan, a long time confidential informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was responsible for both the widespread expansion of the Mongols Motorcycle Club in 2007 and 2008 and for many of the most damning accusations leveled against that motorcycle club in the criminal case United States versus Cavazos and others.
One of Horrigan’s hobbies was breaking coconuts with his fists and he would tell anyone who would listen that there was little difference between breaking a coconut and breaking a man’s skull.
Prospect and Patch
Horrigan prospected the Nevada Nomads Charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club from 2000 through 2002. He was rejected by that club in April 2002 after a member recognized him as a police informant. Horrigan later claimed to have “beaten down” 17 Hells Angels when he was informed he had been exposed.
Horrigan was recruited to subvert the Mongols in 2006 by now retired ATF agent Jimmy Packard. He became an important and ludicrously influential member of that club during the administration of former club President Ruben “Doc’ Cavazos. Horrigan, by several accounts, talked Cavazos into expanding into Oregon, recruited the initial members there and convinced Cavazos to expand into additional states. Horrigan also tried to instigate conflicts with the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club and the American Outlaws Association.
In one version of one of Horrigan’s many stories, he almost beat a member of the SOS to death. In another version he talked a Mongol out of beating the Son to death. In a third version, he warned a Son so he wouldn’t be killed.
All of the strategic moves Horrigan made within the Mongols were planned and orchestrated by the ATF. After 2007, Horrigan and Robert Lawrence “Lars” Wilson assumed control of the manufacture and distribution of Mongols patches and other insignia for all new members outside California.
Among numerous other betrayals, Horrigan probationary (P) patched an ATF Agent named John “Hollywood” Carr into the Mongols despite objections from Mongols members that Carr was a loose cannon at best and a cop at worst.
In fact Carr was both. The year before Carr began his infiltration of the Mongols, and operating out the same warehouse he used during the Mongols investigation, Carr pretended to be a drug dealer and recruited men to rob other drug dealers. Carr planned a stash house robbery, enticed participants to a meeting at his warehouse and sprung the plan on his recruits. Before the other men could leave a Swat team emerged and Carr’s “crew” was charged with attempted “home invasion robbery.” It was a prequel to two similar entrapments Carr sprung on members of the Mongols.
Horrigan and Wilson were also responsible for patching three more ATF agents into the Mongols in Virginia. Like other paid confidential informants in that Mongols case, Horrigan both instigated and reported many of the most egregious accusations made against that club.
Before his death, a source who knew Horrigan described him as unable to “read or write…addicted to pain pills and thinks he talks directly to God.” Anyone who knows anything about Horrigan’s career knows that description might also be applied to the American system of criminal justice.
Large and in Charge
During the undercover provocation that would later be given the public relations handle “Operation Black Rain,” Horrigan was Confidential Informant 6.
Horrigan’s ATF case Agent, John Ciccone, described Horrigan to a gullible judge as “…compensated for his cooperation. Since November 2006, CI-6 has been assisting ATF in Reno, Nevada and Los Angeles, California, by providing intelligence information and by documenting the criminal activity of members of the Mongols OMG. CI-6 has also purchased drug and firearms and has made introductions of ATF undercover agents in Reno, Nevada. Initially, CI-6 was the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Carson City chapter of the Mongols, but he later transferred to the Central chapter of the Mongols (Reno) and was appointed as President – a position he still holds. During the past year, CI-6 was also appointed as the Mongols ‘World chapter Sergeant-at-Arms.’”
During that investigation, Ciccone told Horrigan that he should write a book about his experiences once the investigation concluded. This was at the dawn of the ATF’s calculated and ongoing subversion of American journalism and American arts and letters.
At the same time Ciccone was encouraging the illiterate Horrigan to become an author, ATF Agents and informants were also encouraging Doc Cavazos to write his own memoir, titled Honor Few, Fear None. There are interesting connections there, too.
One of the many men Horrigan personally betrayed was a Mongol and a member of the United States Navy named Brian McCauley. Horrigan insinuated that because he was both a sailor and a Mongol, McCauley was a domestic terrorist with access to military guns and explosives. McCauley was later prosecuted. The charges against him boiled down to possessing guns and ammunition, having his picture appear in Honor Few, Fear None and threatening to brandish a weapon. The photograph of McCauley in the book the ATF instigated was actually entered into evidence.
Horrigan reportedly became a professional informant at the urging of former Monterey County, California District Attorney Manuel “Manny” Ameron after the DA put Horrigan in prison for two years for cocaine possession. According to published accounts, Horrigan served his sentence at San Quentin. Horrigan, by his own admission, had always wanted to be a police officer. After his release, Ameron told Horrigan he would “make a good detective.” So, a tragic career began.
Black Rain was Horrigan’s last assignment as an agent provocateur. At the time of his death, Horrigan was working as a tree trimmer and trying to sell the book he wrote at Ciccone’s suggestion, titled Iron Warrior: The True Story of an Outlaw Biker Who Infiltrated Both the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle Clubs.
Gotta Have Friends
Two years ago Horrigan was befriended by a former BMV saleswoman, casting director and studio executive named Lauren Lloyd. Lloyd hoped to market the book and a movie inspired by Horrigan’s biography. Both properties would have portrayed Horrigan as a larger than life hero. While he waited for his moment of fame to arrive Horrigan started a tree trimming business in northern Nevada.
Horrigan ran out of time before Lloyd found a way to paint him gold. He died of an apparent stroke while at work on July 11. He died hanging in a tree like Judas. He spent the last 20 years of his life befriending men so he could betray them. He did it for a little money. And, he did it for the same reasons child molesters and serial killers befriend their victims.
Daniel “Coconut Dan” Horrigan was 58-years-old.
May God have mercy on his soul.