A Criminal Enterprise

October 8, 2011

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Operation Black Rain, the three year long, $150 million investigation of the Mongols and other motorcycle clubs, was a crime wave punctuated by at least three deaths, at least two six-figure “drug deals,” countless smaller drug deals, numerous assaults, hate crimes, multiple firearms violations, payoffs, perjury, embezzlement, obstruction of justice, theft and even wildlife poaching. The twist is that most of these crimes were either instigated by or actually committed by employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Throughout several cases related to the Black Rain investigation, including racketeering cases against members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and cases against Mongols in Southern California, San Francisco and Colorado, the Department of Justice has maintained that biker clubs are: “Enterprises,” and “gangs” who “employ” their members to engage in, “among other things, murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to traffic in narcotics, narcotics-trafficking, robbery, extortion, money laundering, and witness intimidation.”

Those charges should more properly be directed at the ATF agents and contractors who participated in Operation Black Rain and at Christopher Brunwin, the Assistant United States Attorney who supervised the case. This investigation and prosecution was so overtly contemptuous of basic human rights and both the spirit and letter of United States law that the full extent of what the ATF and the Office of the United States Attorney in Los Angeles did is still virtually impossible to grasp even after years of looking. Black Rain was Orwellian. The subsequent prosecutions were and still are Orwellian.

Secret Justice

The government has gotten away with it by making most of these cases secret. The cases are putatively secret to protect cooperating witnesses, the innocent and other, ongoing biker investigations. In truth, most of the alleged evidence in these cases has been hidden to protect employees of the ATF and personnel in the office of the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles from embarrassment, professional censure and prosecution.

One small, and therefore comprehensible, place to begin examining the corruption that characterized Black rain and its legal aftermath is with an ATF confidential informant named Steven J. Veltus.


Veltus is the brown sheep in a family of accountants from Racine, Wisconsin. He was arrested in November 1996 with two accomplices, fifteen pounds of marijuana and a gun. “He did his time in St. Croix,” an old girlfriend explained, “and it was very stressful for him. The man I knew back in the late 90’s would never have turned.”

Veltus changed. In 2003 he picked up five criminal charges stemming from his possession of about an ounce of crack cocaine and a pound of marijuana. Two days after he picked up the cocaine charges, in November 2003, he agreed to work for the ATF and all his legal problems went away.

Beginning in 2004, the ATF gave Veltus a paid job. A standard deal with ATF informers is $2,500 a month and immunity from prosecution. So as long as Veltus worked for the government, besides the $2,500 a month he could keep what he stole and he could continue to sell drugs. The ATF continues to protect Veltus from prosecution to this day. The ATF, according to one informed source, also employed Veltus wife, who multiple sources call “Anna Veltus” but who may be calling herself anything.

William Lazara

Alias’s abound among domestic spies. Veltus has also carried ATF supplied identification documents in the name of “William Lazara.” His wife has called herself “Anna Lazara.”

Veltus, has also bragged about bonuses he would receive based on the number of Mongols convicted on the basis of information he supplied. The shadowy nature of Veltus employment for the ATF is evident in how ATF agents have testified about that employment. Veltus went to work for the ATF in December 2003, for example. But, according to ATF Special Agent John Ciccone, he did not become a “documented ATF informant,” for another two years.


Ciccone, who was the Case Agent on Operation Black Rain and a previous Mongols investigation called Operation Ivan, pointed Steve Veltus at the Las Vegas Mongols. At the time the chapter had three members and the President and founder of that chapter was a man named Harry “Face” Reynolds. Veltus introduced himself as “Kaos” and asked to hang around the Vegas club.

The ATF’s repeated efforts to turn Reynolds into a criminal was a multi-year, often absurd entrapment that a federal prosecutor named Reema El Amamy later called “guerilla street theater.” Veltus wore a recording device, enclosed inside a key fob, His Vegas apartment contained at least three surveillance cameras. He spent years trying to get Reynolds or other Mongols to say something incriminating. One of those loaded conversations was recorded in Reynolds’ living room on September 26, 2006. In that conversation Reynolds tried to convince Veltus to go straight. The conversation lasted for almost two hours and Reynolds clearly could not conceive that Kaos was an agent provocateur. Reynolds began by reprimanding Veltus for trying to force a prospective member of the club to break the law.

On Face Reynolds’ Couch

A representative excerpt from that 2006 conversation follows.

Kaos: What’d I do bro?

Reynolds: (Inaudible) um….

Kaos: That thing with Milo?

Reynolds: Yeah, you hurt my feelings, you both. You…you were treated shitty as a prospect, and he, last week he asked me if this club…if he would ever be asked to do anything illegal. And, I told him no, dude. The club would never make you do anything And then what happens? You take him to do something illegal….

Reynolds then told Kaos to stop trying to give him money from the crimes he was supposedly committing.

Reynolds: You don’t make money off of them, what you do, you turn around and hand it back to them….

Kaos: Yep, yep, yep.

Reynolds: . . .okay. What did you do that day you came here with an envelope for me? You hand me an envelope?

Kaos: Oh?

Reynolds: What’d I do? It ain’t mine.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: I don’t make money off you.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: You know. If we do something together fine. I…I think that’s wrong. That hurts. That really fucking hurts. Because I think brotherhood and helping each other is first. Not to mention…okay…I might be taking it a little personal, maybe I’m not, I don’t know, but uh…I need a bike. Milo needs a bike. Your bike ain’t tuned too good…

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: …why is he so, you know what I mean? Hello!

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: That… I don’t understand that. You know. Nothing can…here first. You’re thinking me, me, me. That’s all you think about! Me, me, me.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds then told Kaos that the least he could do was not implicate the Mongols in his crimes.

Reynolds: You know what? Mongol no! Mongol no. Not to mention…and this is the other thing I’m bothered with you about…you went to do something that was illegal with your shirt on! You were wearing a support shirt. That makes it a Mongol issue. I’m just pointing it out. I won’t tell them that. But, I’m telling you that. I’m not doing nothing about it. I’m telling you….

Kaos: Alright.

Reynolds: So you can think next time. I don’t want to see that shit like that again. Because I…think about it.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: (inaudible.) You got a shirt, they ever pull you over…whatever…and they find out? Bam! Okay? They can run your name (inaudible). Oh, you were (inaudible) Mongols. (You say) I don’t know what you, you are talking about. (Cop says) Well you’re wearing that. I know you got that. Now…you fucking…. Now all the house is gonna be ready cause… now you put all of us, and not just you…. Him too! Because you know what? He seen you wearing the shirt! He’s fucking three year fucking member. Should be telling you. You shouldn’t be wearing that! What we’re doing, ‘cause I don’t check (inaudible.) When I seen you out here I knew where you were going.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: So I can’t say nothing about your shirt, right?

Kaos: Yeah, yeah.

Near the end of the conversation Reynolds tried to explain to Kaos for about the hundredth time what is important and what is not in an outlaw motorcycle club.

Kaos: Yeah, basically that was my worry. Because I need the money you know?

Reynolds: And I understand that, but you know what Kaos? And, I don’t mean to be disrespectful. Brotherhood is first. Money second.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: I could give a fuck about money. Because you know what? When I’m in…laying in the gutter…my brother’s gonna be there. Not, you know…. Money ain’t gonna float up to me.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: You know what I mean? And I’m not saying you’re like….

Kaos: But I still gotta pay my bills, bro. You know?

Reynolds: I understand that. But you’d rather (inaudible) with a prospect who was a cool dude and (inaudible)…. I understand bills need to be paid. You know what? I don’t work. She don’t work. But you don’t see me going out there fucking over my brothers, just to make a couple bucks…. Like I said…I…I’m disappointed in you but I don’t blame you because you don’t know your grounds as much. But I’m telling you right now, your grounds are, are a lot, and it’s not me…. I understand you’re worried about losing a deal but you know what? Fuck that deal. Fuck that fucking deal. This is more important, I think. And if you don’t think it’s more important then I can’t teach (inaudible). You know what I mean? This club’s first.

Kaos: Yeah.

Reynolds: This club is fucking first. I don’t care if I could make a million dollars. If it had anything to do…and I swear to God I mean that…and if it had anything to do with putting my brothers in jeopardy or anything like that I wouldn’t do it. I would not do it. Cause, I (don’t) give a fuck about money. I give a fuck about this club. We’re brothers.

Mongols Last To Know

Throughout the investigation Veltus bragged to his (non-ATF) employer, his wife’s employer (she worked for Clinique) and other non-biker friends that he was an “undercover agent.” These sources, fearing retribution by both the ATF and the Mongols Motorcycle Club, spoke to The Aging Rebel on condition that their identities would be protected. When told they probably had nothing to fear from the Mongols the sources expressed their fear of the ATF.

“He bragged the ATF handed him guns,” one source said. He bragged, “the ATF allowed him to break the law and would let him do anything.” He bragged that the ATF would help him “publish a book.” He bragged he would sell, “way more books than (former ATF agent and author) Billy Queen because he was going to have way more busts.” On another occasion he bragged he was, “Gonna have the ATF record for the most busts.”

Veltus also stated that the Mongols investigation began in July 2003. And, he openly and gleefully bragged to sources in both Las Vegas and Montana that the Mongols investigation was “all a setup.”

Most elements of that setup failed because Reynolds is, at worst, cagey or, at best, a heroically admirable man. Veltus stored untaxed cigarettes in Reynolds garage for example, and tried to get Reynolds to move the boxes so they would be covered with Reynolds’ fingerprints. On another occasion, Veltus reported that he had sold Reynolds “a pound of marijuana.” The accusation, which was completely fabricated, was repeated as a truth to the grand jury in the case and was used by Ciccone in testimony to secure wiretaps.

Multiple sources have also stated that throughout the investigation Veltus became addicted to drugs

John Carr

Veltus was directly supervised by ATF Special Agent John Carr. “I never liked that guy,” one Mongol said. “He wasn’t one of us. You know what I mean? He didn’t even like motorcycles very much.”

Carr was assigned to the Los Angeles office of the ATF. He had been involved in trying to entrap motorcycle outlaws, especially the Mongols, for almost a decade. William Queen described the ATF Agents who have spent their careers entrapping bikers like this: “John Ciccone, in his years targeting the growing OMG (for outlaw motorcycle gang) problem in Southern California, had developed a ‘gang’ of his own; ATF Special Agents John Carr, Eric Harden and Darren Kozlowski, fondly referred to as Koz, were the core. They’d all started with the bureau together and, after a decade, remained the hard chargers they’d been at the beginning of their careers.”

These ATF Agents actually do describe themselves as a “gang.”


Carr also recruited men to rob drug safe houses and then arrested them for that. He won a Federal Bar Association Medal of Valor Award in 2002. According to his commendation “Special Agent Carr earned his award for working undercover to catch violent gang members staging a series of home invasion robberies. Carr transformed his look, acquainted himself with the criminals, and pretended to help them in their operation. Carr gave the criminals false information, which led them to traps planned by the ATF. Thanks to Carr’s work, many dangerous criminals were caught and taken off our streets.” The commendation goes on to portray Carr as a hero. “John Carr risked his life working on this assignment,” the commendation states. “There are not many people who would make such a great sacrifice for others to feel safe in their homes. Through his courage, bravery and steadfast dedication, Carr prevailed in the face of danger.”

Few of his victims would agree that Hollywood Carr is heroic. Immediately before he turned his attention to Harry Reynolds, one of the dangerous criminals Carr took off our streets appealed his conviction on the grounds “that the Government violated his right to due process by supposedly directing the entire criminal enterprise from start to finish and by promoting a crime of violence.” What Carr actually did was recruit five men who were “predisposed” to sticking up a drug safe house. He supplied a drug house for them to rob and talked them into the crime in a series of meetings over more than a month. The men demonstrated their predisposition by meeting with Carr, putting on bullet proof vests and possessing firearms. When they were arrested during their final meting with Carr they were charged with “conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine,” “conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery” and “possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.”

The Ninth Circuit Court rejected the appeal on the grounds that the one man who was actually convicted should have raised the issue before his trial instead of afterward. “We hold today,” the Court wrote, “as have the Second, Third, and Eighth Circuits, that a defendant waives his claim of outrageous government conduct of which he is aware if he fails to assert it in a pretrial motion to dismiss.”

The ATF had already seized a warehouse in Los Angeles for Carr to use as a cover. Reynolds thought Carr bought and sold surplus goods. For more than a year, Carr’s association with the Mongols was as Steve Veltus’ friend. Carr became Veltus’ source for contraband cigarettes.

Reynolds thought Carr was up to no good and refused to let him formally apply for membership in the club – a process called prospecting. Eventually Veltus was allowed to start another chapter, in nearby Henderson, Nevada, and Carr was allowed to patch into that chapter without going through the process of prospecting. Carr was allowed to “P-Patch” which is what the Mongols called a probationary membership. Carr paid then Mongols National President, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos $750 and Cavazos let him put on a patch.

Kids And Dads

Motorcycle outlaws have their own rigid set of laws. Just as you can get thrown out bad for sleeping with a club brother’s woman or lying or refusing to fight, members are also honor bound to observe an unbreakable paternal relationship between the man who sponsors someone for membership in the club and the man who is sponsored. In the Mongols, for as long as both men remain in the club they call each other “my Dad” and “my Kid.”

Hollywood Carr, Face Reynolds eventually learned, had set up “some sort of deal” in Vegas for September 2007. Reynolds learned that Carr had recruited his “kid” from San Bernardino, a young Mongol named Raphael Vargas “Peligrosa” Lozano, to provide “security” for whatever the deal was. Carr had also recruited a young member of Reynolds’ Vegas chapter named Ismael “Mouth” Padilla. Peligrosa was going because he owed Veltus for two cases of Carr’s discount cigarettes and this was a way to repay the debt. Padilla was offered a thousand dollars. Reynolds, who was mostly concerned about what Carr might be trying to involve his “kid” in, called Veltus and asked him about the deal. Veltus told Reynolds it was “just a deal” and told him if he was worried he could attend and Carr would pay him a thousand, too. So, Reynolds agreed.

Guerilla Street Theater

Since Carr was passing out cash Reynolds even brought his wife’s cousin’s boyfriend because he needed money, too.

The complete “drug deal” was caught on three hidden video cameras. In total, the footage is about six hours long and probably fewer than a 100 people have ever seen it all. It was never intended to be evidence in a trial. It was always meant to be evidence to present to a grand jury to get an indictment. Because in federal criminal cases the war is virtually won by the prosecution as soon as an indictment is returned. At least two things stand out about this video the moment it starts.

First for a case that cost $150 million the quality of the footage is ridiculously bad. One camera was placed right over the television so the only audio on that feed is from the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night 11 which was broadcast live from the Palms Hotel and Casino. Over and over viewers hear about the amorous triumphs of Bob, and the delights of very many women, after Bob discovered Enzyte male enhancement. The footage from other feeds is either very dark or the audio is difficult to understand without listening over and over. The time stamps on the three feeds are unsynched. Events that are captured on one camera occur up to ten minutes earlier or later on the time codes of the other two cameras.

Bad Acting

Secondly, it is impossible not to notice how performative both Carr and Veltus are. Carr turns the air conditioner on and off depending on whether he wants his voice to be recorded or not. Carr, who seems to be a narcissus, takes off his shirt and flexes for the grand jurors. Veltus practically leans against one camera with an automatic pistol shoved in the small of his back. He ties a bandanna around his head and theatrically announces “Change my look a little bit in case I got to pop one of those fools.” The grand jury transcripts in this case will never be released but it seems pretty obvious that the grand jury thought they were indicting Carr and Veltus.

Both Carr and Veltus drop Face Reynolds name as many times as possible. The first Mongols to enter the room are Lozano and Padilla and the depth of their criminality is betrayed by what they talk about. “Is this smoking or non-smoking. As soon as we walked through the door we saw these three gorgeous, like fine ass bitches in skirts, I guess they work over there at that little restaurant.”

Carr replies, “Is it just you guys coming? Or Face.”

Veltus says, “Face is coming. Yeah, Face is down.”

One of the young men asks “what is the deal?”

Carr replies, “I’ll explain when Face gets here.” Then he starts pulling bullet proof vests out of a duffel bag, hands them out and instructs the young men on how to put them on. Among the charges in the Cavazos indictment is that the Mongols must be criminals because they wore bullet proof vests. Carr then tries to establish for his grand jury audience that the Mongols armed themselves for this deal. “Now hey, did somebody need a strap? Who needs one. Yeah I’m covered. You covered? Who needs one? Uh, Face’s boy?”

Lozano tries on his bullet proof vest and says, “Hey, this is nice. It even covers your fucking huevos.”

The Drug Deal

Then Face Reynolds and Caspar, his wife’s cousin’s boyfriend enter the room. Face gives Carr a very pro forma hug. Their bodies never touch. Face puts his left arm briefly around Carr while he holds him away with his right hand, pats him on the back and moves on. Reynolds nervously, immediately lights a cigarette. Carr offers Face a gun and says “You want one? You got one?” Reynolds shakes his head no. Carr asks, “Are you sure?” Reynolds mumbles, “I’m cool.” And turns his back on Carr who he clearly cannot stand. One of the video feeds says the time in Vegas is 8:49:57 and Carr immediately moves close to one of the hidden microphones. “Come here, fellas.” Then Carr tells Veltus, “Tell them what we’re going to do.” He orders the confidential informant to explain the deal in order to weaken the defense of entrapment. It is calculated. Veltus jerks his hand as if he is setting a hook in a fish.

Then Carr, who is clearly nervous, goes ahead and explains anyway. When he talks Face Reynolds has been in the room for exactly 30 seconds. “Here’s basically, the deal. This dude, I’ve dealt with him two prior times. I’ve bought like two or three from him.” It becomes 8:50:17. Reynolds has been in the room for under a minute. “He’s been cool. You know, like we’re on a personal, like friend level but Anthony stepped it up. I’m gonna pick up 33 from the guy today.” In the corner of the screen Face Reynolds cocks his head to the left and crosses his arms. The video is too dark to recognize his expression. “So when I talked to him two days ago he was cool, you know. There was nothing unusual but he was like ‘you know I’m gonna bring my boys, you know,’ which is kind of unusual because usually it’s just me and him. So that kind of gets me thinking because you know because we’re talking 33. I’m paying 16. I mean, we’re talking 500 grand. So that just gets me thinking in my head, you know, that maybe this dude’s, you know, that this dude…I just want…I don’t want too skinny a palm tree with this guy…you know on the outside chance that he wants to get like squirrely with me…I figured, you know…the presence of you dudes is gonna stand up and down. The way I’m gonna play it to him is he’s gonna come here. He’s gonna bring the shit here. We’re gonna look at all of it. We’re gonna cut every one. Make sure its all straight.” Reynolds wipes his face with one big hand then and turns his back to Carr.

Carr continues. “I’ve got the money in another room. I’m gonna take him and me. The only two. I’m not gonna let him bring anybody else. We’re going to the room. I got a counter. We’re going to count our money. The money’s straight. We’ll come back. Adios. He goes. Pack up the shit. Walk me to the car. Cause I have no doubt this dude’s is gonna bring other dudes. I mean, I would. I mean, I can understand that. But he may post them up, you know, outside or something like that. See I just want to make sure that one of two things is gonna happen. (And here Carr become histrionic.) I’m gonna come up out of here with 33 keys or I’m gonna come up out of here with my money.” He says this like bad television. Like he is auditioning for a role. It is 8:51:57. Reynolds has been in the room for about 2 minutes and ten seconds. Caspar has spent most of the time looking at pictures on the wall.

Carr continues, “And there’s nothing other than those two things that are going to happen. I just want to make sure that he’s straight with me on this. I just want to make sure that everything counts out right, you know. Like I’ve said I’ve dealt with him before. I have no issues with the dude. He’s always been straight with me so I’m not anticipating any problems. “

As Carr stood up, Veltus instructed Caspar “go ahead” and handed him a gun. Caspar looks at it like a child with a toy and promptly drops one of the bullets on the floor. Carr continues to prattle on about “I don’t anticipate any problems.”

As one of the Mongols in that room that night later explained, “I’m thinking you are gonna go into another room alone? Then what are we doing here?”

Dope On A Bed

What they were all there for was to appear to incriminate themselves.

At 8:57:50, according to the video feed with both audio and video, Carr got a phone call from his “drug supplier.” The drug supplier, Carr announces, looks “Mexican but he’s like part Sicilian.” So he could be affiliated with at least two of the more well known Mafias. Carr said, “It’s show time.” The drug supplier was actually a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy named Tino Brancato who had a part time job as a Task Force Officer, which is to say an amateur actor, for the ATF.

While Carr and Veltus bragged to each other about the pending drug deal Padilla and Lozano continued to chatter excitedly to anyone who would listen about the pretty girls they almost talked to downstairs. “…three fine ass girls with skirts and everything! And I was like, fuck! I just died and went to heaven! Out loud, you know, like right in front of them. I go like, I don’t give a fuck. So those girls, they start talking in Spanish and I go like Que chulas (which is a demure and almost old fashioned pickup line in Spanish.) So they go “Oh shit. You speak Spanish.” And Kaos was dragging us back like, no, you gotta go that way.”


Reynolds was later arrested and roughed up at his job, lost his job as a result, had his home wrecked, had his daughter’s room maliciously wrecked, had his motorcycle and his father’s motorcycle seized, had two truckloads of his personal possessions seized, was evicted and was eventually prosecuted for racketeering for being in that Vegas hotel room that night. The charges against him carried a penalty of 20 years to life imprisonment. The legal ordeal lasted years and he, and his family, may never recover from it.

Three weeks after the “guerilla theater “ production in the Vegas hotel room, the ATF moved Steve Veltus and his wife to Missoula, Montana. Whenever Veltus needed to make an appearance in Las Vegas or California, the ATF would fly him to Vegas on a private plane. (Private plane flights are one of the ways an investigation and prosecution of the Mongols came to cost $150 million.)


While in Missoula, Veltus continued to be a loose cannon. He broke laws with impunity. “The ATF knew it,” a source said.

Multiple sources saw him flash a gun. He pulled a gun on a University of Montana student. He assembled a portfolio of photographs for his pending memoir. At the same time he was introducing himself to the Helena chapter of the Mongols, Veltus seemed to have been on a campaign to tell everybody in Missoula that he was secret agent. He also bragged with alarming openness that he was about to join the witness protection program under the assumed named William Lazara (the similarity to Lazarus who rose from the dead has Ciccone’s fingerprints all over it) and that he was going to retire on his “bonus money” from the Mongols case. At that time, Veltus also had a cell phone with a Boston telephone number.

He used his status as an ATF informant to commit more crimes.

Veltus’ announced retirement plan was to buy a restaurant from an old woman in Sula, Montana. He gained the woman’s trust and moved into but did not operate the establishment. Late in 2008, two months after shaking hands with the restaurant owner on the deal Veltus and his wife disappeared. He attempted to burn the restaurant down when he left but the arson was not successful. Inside, firemen and police found several pounds of marijuana and the carcass of an illegally taken elk. Veltus also stole kitchen equipment and at least $2700 in cash. The total loss to the restaurant owner was $18,000.

The restaurant owner tried to track down Veltus to sue him for the damage he had done. The pursuit quickly led to the ATF. “What do you want us to do,” John Ciccone asked the owner. The owner said she wanted to sue either Veltus or the ATF for the damage Veltus had caused. Ciccone replied, “Well that’s not gonna happen.”

A friend of the owner approached the local ATF office in Missoula and threatened to sabotage the government case against the Mongols by testifying to statements Veltus had made about it “all being a big setup.” The agent threatened the man with “prison” if he tried to publicize what he knew about the informant.

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39 Responses to “A Criminal Enterprise”

  1. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    The cure for rodents? Lots of decon and then sit back and watch them shrivel up like a raisin.


    Viva Los Vagos

  2. dannyboy Says:

    what a piece of shit…the ATF is just making up crimes to prosecute the brothers…and these rats getting immunity is just sickening…DOC opened the flood gates…I’ve never heard of an outlaw MC allowing this probationary patch thing…you gotta pay your dues and prospect…thanks Rebel

  3. Stevo-onepercenter Says:

    I read these stories with increduluity. In the USA? The land of the ‘free’? This is Soviet Stasi stuff, Nazi Gestapo stuff. What has happened to your country that these tactics are being employed? Entrapment of this type would last all of 10 seconds in a British courthouse, I’m not saying we have it perfect here but compared to Ciccone and his gang of paid liars, thugs and criminals we sure have it good.

  4. Phuquehed Says:

    Here’s what I wrote in the comments when Yahoo had it on their news the other day –

    They – the law and the MSM – never tell anyone that in most of these cases, it was usually only a few of the members of the club, not the club as a whole.You’ll also never notice that the feds, and local law never go after the ones who *ARE* constantly doing murder and heavy crimes, like in the barrios and in the black neighborhoods. Funny how it happens daily there and it’s not in the papers nearly as much as it happens, but it’s sooo much easier for them to get 1000 LEO’s to try and find wrong with 300 bikers. Just like the retards did thinking it was bikers who were going after cops a few months back with pipe bombs on the cars and the pig station, but only come to find out that the bikers had absolutely nothing to do with any of it and they got a tiny little quiet and fast apology. That was it, a pathetic poosy apology from the feds.The law is *NOT* on your side, people. You’d best wake your azzes up and realize it. If they were, there would be few, if any criminals because the crimes would get *PUNISHED*, not given a room and board and TV and a basketball court and weight-lifting and anything else they want in prison. those of you bitching about a few bikers that the pigs have *NOT* proven yet was all the club, are nothing but a bunch of whinyass punks with nothing better to do and only *wish* you had the guts to even be a biker. You’re the kind of pussies who would watch your own wife or daughter get raped and do nothing because you were too scared to try and stop it.

    Fucking pussy rats and ATF shit-stains. A fucking embarrassment to this country.

  5. Squirts Says:

    Can’t help but think back to tha’ movie “Training Day”. “It’s not what you know, it’s what you can “prove””. Cock suckers (ATF and tha rest of tha’ Alphabet Boys) know how to twist shit up to front their own causes and tha’ Courts allow ’em to “prove” anything they want. Steveo-Onepercenter, tha’ sheeple have allowed this shit to happen, and have cheered tha’ loss of their freedoms for tha’ illusion of safety. I can only see it getting worse. Respects ‘n take care out there.

  6. Chingon Says:

    Rebel it seems as if this entire consipiracy was just one big entrapment. specially with how messed up the economy is and people not being able to obtain jobs, shit people still need to feed their familys.And here you have some feds that get paid to be something they always wished they could be, and their brothers trust in them because of their patch and values they are shown. and to be betrayed and backstabbed and set up, its just plain and simple BS!

  7. Doc Jones Says:

    Recently, according to what I’ve read,the cops did a Vago sweep. I read that they are looking for one particular Vago and are kicking in doors trying to find him. As the story goes, they confisicated hundreds of guns along with a rocket launcher. They also got dope and money. It seems to me that they will make the most out of the weapons they claimed to have siezed in order to show the public that they are on the job protecting everyone from the impending doom of a brewing biker war. Has anyone ever heard of hoards of angry club members, armed to the hilt, going to war with another club? Maybe clubs have some weapons at their disposal, maybe not. The thing is, let’s say a club has a thousand assorted weapons, and a thousand members……do you honestly think the weapons would be issued to all of their members and then all of them would go off to war with another club? I understand that events have happened that involved shootings and stabbings. The thing that gets me is how it’s portrayed that having hundreds of weapons means that when the time comes all hell will break loose like two armies going at each other. Think about it, most violent events are during the moment. Some may be planned but all are limited in scope.

    Doc Jones

  8. Rebel Says:

    Dear Chingon,

    ATF agents make obscenely high salaries and I am sure they don’t want to lose their jobs so one element of biker investigations is just the pay. I might sell somebody out for a guaranteed $170,000 a year and a promise of early retirement. But most of it is ego. Starting with the heroic Billy Queen, these guys have entrapped people because they wanted to be seen as hero celebrities who went into the darkest circle of hell, the mc world, where all the rest of America was too scared to go. They all want to cash in on that celebrity, too. The basic idea was to create a phony biker menace and brag about how brave they were to save everybody from it. They also figured they could do anything they wanted because all reporters and writers would be too scared to go look for themselves.

    Well I looked. And guess what. If you just look you can see that these guys are vile, lying, cheating, overpaid egomaniacs. And you can also see that they are the menace. They are the danger to America and its good citizens.

    I hope I can put some of them in prison. And I hope I can spring some guys these bastards put in there.


  9. Stevo-onepercenter Says:

    I’m proud of you Rebel, more power to ya bro. Stevo Onepercenter LFFL

  10. Rebel Says:

    Dear Stevo,

    Thank you.

    All due respect, no offense intended. You know how you can tell if you’ve got a Marine in your backyard? Your garbage can’s empty and your dog’s pregnant.


  11. RVN69 Says:

    I think you have us mistaken for squids!

    I believe the reason the ATF and all the other LE Agencies are able to get away with their excesses is multifaceted.

    The Average citizen will gladly give up some freedom for the promise of safety. They don’t want to be responsible for their own lives and if the government is able to convince them that they will make them safer if they will allow them to search without a warrant, arrest first then produce evidence later, John Q Citizen will go for it, never believing that power will ever be used against them.

    The second reason is that the average citizen is too invested in the system to believe that government agents do the things we all know they do. We can show evidence of manufacture of evidence, planting drugs, lying under oath, all the things they do and John Q may believe that one or two agents of the government are doing it, but never that the entire system is built on it.

    The third reason is that the media will willingly feed the government line of bullshit to the public, because in spite of the protestations of various media people, they are both on the same side. The media and the agents of the government have an incestuous relationship, the cops, feds plant stories in the media which they willingly report, and the reporters/repeaters get “scoops” from those same cops and feds.

    We are just fodder to be chewed up by the machine called “JustUs”, we can and will continue to fight, but the odds are truly stacked against us.

    You, Rebel, are our beacon of light, shining the truth on the lies of our government. Much respect to you and your efforts. Watch your ass!!

  12. Rashomon Says:

    I was reading something yesterday and came across this – it made me wonder in the overall scale of things where all this crap will end. The system is indeed flawed.

    “even the best police are motivated not by a desire to protect and serve, but by the intellectual vanity of believing they are smarter than the criminals they are chasing. However, while many police exhibit altruistic qualities, many officers are incompetent, brutal, self-aggrandizing, or hamstrung by bureaucracy and politics.”

  13. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    This shows just how un-American–even anti-American–pigs can get:


    Beating American Veterans for peacefully assembling? Throwing my Flag on the ground? These Nazis/Commies don’t deserve to live in this great Nation.

    YYZ Skinhead

  14. DocB Says:

    “Your garbage can’s empty and your dog’s pregnant”

    No offence taken. The garbage was good and the dog squealed in delight.

    Semper FI

  15. Muck 1%er Says:

    How ironic that I have a sticker on my bike that says, “If you touch my bike, I’ll fuck your dog.”

  16. sled tramp Says:

    Now THAT’s a sticker worth having……

  17. Grumbler Says:

    Speaking of dogs, my daughter’s 8-month-old Siberian Husky is hassling me like Ciccone. WADR.

  18. common_call Says:

    Rashomon…It’s from The Wire.

  19. common_call Says:

    here’s the wiki page to the show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire

  20. Dante Says:

    I absolutely love The Wire (although I can’t say I remember that line, even though I’ve watched the whole thing twice).

    The best drama ever made, IMHO.

  21. sherides Says:

    I still can’t belive that little kid shot Omar.

  22. Rashomon Says:

    I’ve seen the wire end to end a couple of times as well but I’d never bothered looking the show up on wiki. It was an interesting read.

    That having been said, the bureaucratic incompetence and political theater displayed by the ATF seems eerily similar to that displayed on the show. It’s not hard to imagine the personalities, the closed door negotiations with politicians and DA’s etc. I guess that when we elect fools, we get what we deserve.

    As for Omar getting shot, when the other kids ran off and that one kid just sat there putting lighter fluid or whatever it was on the cat, you had to figure he was a psycho – great show though.

  23. Dante Says:

    The actor who played Omar currently is playing Chalky White on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and doing a fine job of it.

    Some of the actors on the show came straight from the streets although I am unable to find a list of who they were, other than the girl who played Snoop, who recently got caught up in a drug sting.

    Sorry about hijacking this thread.

  24. Doc Jones Says:


    I’ve noticed that Agingrebel has been mentioned in several newspaper articles and on the internet. You have been getting around to say the least. Thank you for your hard work. Where can I buy your book?

    Doc Jones

  25. Rebel Says:

    Dear Doc Jones,

    Really? I did not know. Book be out before Christmas along with another book with some slightly revised content from this site. You will know when. Up to my ass in alligators these days.

    Thanks for reading, by the way.


  26. Annette Says:

    I think more people should stand up to these law enforcement criminal gangs. I am not in any club but yet my house was raided in this last round because 8 months ago a club member used to live in my house. They dont care about your minor children being in the house or the impact it my cause to their lives or yours. The only time guns have ever been pointed at me or my children were by criminals until the other day and thats what those DOJ, ATF gang people are, criminals. Lets not talk about money…I pay taxes and this is what I paid for??? Bullys with guns entering my house and tearing it up, having my minor son be made to stay outside in only his boxers and one sock in the early morning hours in the cold??? Not allowing my neighbor to bring him a robe to put on??? What else are we going to allow these criminals to do to law abiding citizens. Club members are just that, club members…not gangs!

  27. Rebel Says:

    Dear Annette,

    I am very sorry you and your kids had to put up with that shit. They treat families like that to punish them. It is extra judicial punishment. It is unconstitutional and judges should be made aware of it.


  28. jpv Says:

    I’m not a biker. Just a guy who thinks the government is corrupt from the president to the cop on the street. I would be nervous, but I would trust a 1%er’s word before any government official. As I read all these articles on this website, I just can’t help but to think that the m.c.’s involved just don’t seem to be doing a good enough job filtering out the trash before it gets patched in. I read queens book and wondered why reddog didn’t get the last say in him being patched in. I believe the m.c.’s have the abilities to do this. If the Las Vegas chapter had doubts about this guy, how do they let him start his own chapter in henderson?

  29. Rebel Says:

    Dear JPV,

    What you are talking about is the clubs’ blind spot. Clubs adopt orphans. Clubs love the lost. Anybody who really wants to join and who is at least a little brave and tough can find a club to join. You just have to prove you can be a good brother. If you are an asshole when you join your club brothers will try to help you be a better man. The most cynical things about these investigations is that they exploit the single most admirable, uncynical, beautiful thing about outlaw clubs in order to corrupt them. It is a very foul tactic. They attempt to make club brothers paranoid about one another.

    As for your specific questions, club chapters are related to one another as fried chicken franchises are related to one another. The Vegas Mongols had no say about whether there would be a Henderson chapter or not or who would be in it. As I understand it, Henderson was founded for Steve Veltus (an ATF employee) with the cooperation of Coconut Dan Horrigan (an ATF employee) and Lars Wilson (an ATF Source of Information). What Doc had to do with it was, when Hollywood Carr (an ATF agent) p-patched in, Doc got $750 and he said, “Great! Look what a great job I am doing! Club is growing every day!”

    As for Queen’s book, here is Doc Cavazos’ version of Queen and Red Dog. And I say this with all due respect to Red Dog Jarvis who I have never met, okay? And also with all due respect to Junior Erickson who I once said hello to at a swap meet in orange County in like 1995 and that was the extent of our conversation. I don’t know either guy. Doc’s version is, Red Dog and Junior were always trying to run off prospects so they could rip them off. Doc says that, okay. Not me. So the deal wasn’t so much that Jarvis thought Billy Slow Brain was dirty, as that he thought Queen would be easy to run off. So he gave him a hard time. Now I have heard other people say that Jarvis actually knew Queen was a cop all along and Roger Pinney wouldn’t listen to him because Pinney wasn’t paranoid enough. That can also be true. Pinney is kind of an old school, Vietnam Vet guy who might have been as astounded by the transformation of America into a fucking police state as I am.

    The fact is, multiple guys in the Mongols spotted the ATF agents in “Black Rain” right from the start, too. Koz had his picture in Queen’s book. Carr had participated in two Vagos and one HA investigation. Koz was hanging with Jay Dobyns during and after Black Biscuit. The thing was, those ATF agents ingratiated themselves to Doc and his son. Not everybody can devote himself to club business all day every day. But undercovers can. So, sometimes from a little distance away, the ATF undercovers can look like the best and most dedicted brothers in the club. At least until about the tenth time they ask you to hook them up with an eightball or a gun.

    Thanks for reading.


  30. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    “Book be out before Christmas along with another book with some slightly revised content from this site. You will know when.”

    At least one spark of hope amidst all the horrible shit that has been happening in the news of late.

    YYZ Skinhead

  31. camaraonthewall Says:

    steve tausan the santa cruz hells angel was a informant for the ATF.

  32. Philo Says:

    Hey Rebel,

    Just wanted to let you know, I tried opening the comments in a couple tabs in my browser and I kept getting an “Internal Server 500 Error”.

    Said to contact the page webmaster, so I did. lol


  33. Rebel Says:

    Dear camaraonthewall,

    No offense intended, but why would you ask that now? I am virtually certain Steve Tausan never ratted anybody out. The guy just died. He left small children behind. He was an interesting man. He had some interesting friends. For many people I know and like this guy was on the other side. For some people I know and like he was a brother. Please wait another week or so before you slander him again. If you know something people should know, either post it here or you can tell me more privately. I do not usually run away from telling the truth.


  34. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    camaraonthewall Says:
    October 29th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    “steve tausan the santa cruz hells angel was a informant for the ATF.


    This is in such poor taste it should be removed Rebel. Let the man rest peacefully without being slandered with a rat jacket on the internet.

    More assholes playing the rumor card.


    Viva Los Vagos

  35. Doc Jones Says:


    I don’t know if you have an agenda or perhaps you’re just stupid……let me educate you just a tad…….when you post something like you did, it makes you look like a cop trying to stir shit, or a lame that doesn’t know any better. I’m hoping that you just made a dumb remark and can reconize your mistake and learn from it. On the other hand, if you have proof that this person ratted then produce it for all to see. Your remark reminds me of a guy who has a problem with another man and slashes his tires when he’s not around instead of confronting him man to man.

    Doc Jones

  36. Rebel Says:

    Dear just a question,

    Off the top of my head I think he is in San Francisco County, like facilities 2-6, in either Frisco or San Bruno. I will try to find out something specific for you, unless somebody pops up here and tells you first. He is not in BOP or a federal lockup.


  37. Prospect Says:

    I worked with Steve. Have videos of him at our workplace in Vegas. I used to go to his home. Hung around Anna, Steve and his two kids. I just found all of this out about him. I moved away in May of 2007, when I was considering prospecting for the Mongols. After I started connecting dots, I knew something was fishy about this guy. He had all of this jewelry fixing equipment in his garage which was twice what was at our workplace. He had cases and cases of cigarettes in his garage and always had a lot of weed. When I moved away, I heard the Mongols got busted then I had a feeling it was Steve who snitched. Now I know it is a fact. Karma will catch up to this piece of trash. And those ATF scum. Bad people have bad things happen to them.

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