The charges brought against 12 members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club, as a result of a made for media law enforcement drama called “Operation Simple Green,” still have not been dismissed.
The incarceration of two of those Vagos, Thomas Henry Gibson and Andrew Eloy Lozano, illustrates that in post-millennial California justice is a television show. The really, really literate may also notice the Orwellian overtones of the currently escalating, for-profit war on the biker menace.
Those dozen Vagos were arrested by 500 state, local and federal police officers in six Southern California counties on October 6. The raids followed a two-year-long, mostly futile investigation supervised by the usual suspects at the Glendale field office of the ATF. Those ATF Agents, who have spent the last decade bragging on basic cable, have recently started hiding behind other police forces including the DEA and the FBI.
The stealthing of the ATF is intended to frustrate scrutiny by observers at The Associated Press and other California news outlets including obscure, outlaw biker websites. In the case of Simple Green, the stooge was the California Department of Justice. That liaison gave California’s pathetic Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, a reason to appear on television and make her case that she actually works at an important job.
Keeping California Safe
Immediately after the raids Harris held a well attended press conference and stood behind the mandatory photo opportunity table which that day overflowed with Vagos indicia, guns and drugs as Grandma’s Thanksgiving table once overflowed in the America nobody dares remember anymore. “Our Department of Justice agents lead California’s efforts to combat gang violence,” Harris lied. She announced that her mighty henchmen had arrested “subjects for crimes ranging from murder, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, rape and narcotic related crimes.” It made the Vagos sound like a race riot. The allegations were so compelling that there was neither time nor white space for any journalist to wonder how much all this cost and what that cost worked out to per Vago. The takeaway was, “at least now we are safe thanks to Kamala D. Harris and our heroic police.”
Gibson and Lozano are the Vagos who are still locked up. That implies that they are the worst of the Vagos which might actually be true here. Both men, of course – as it always says at the bottom of the press releases, are presumed innocent until they are actually lynched. And since they are innocent both men may buy their freedom in a process called “making bail.” Gibson needs to pay a mere $250,000 to go home. Lozano must pull $450,000 out of his mattress. A judge named Michael Dest refused to lower those bail amounts ten days ago.
Full List Of Alleged Atrocities
Gibson is charged with two felonies. The first is possession of the violence inducing devil drug marijuana and the second is the felony of being a “patched Vago.” Technically, the second charge is “participation in a criminal street gang” although in some jurisdictions it would be “verified patched Vago.” The charge does not cite the case or statute law that makes membership in a fraternal organization a felony. Gibson is also charged with “failure to register as a drug offender” and “failure to register as a gang member.”
Lozano is charged with “possession of body armor,” like all the police heroes wear, and “participation in a criminal street gang.” Lozano’s rap sheet does indicate a pronounced contempt for traffic laws. Three of those previous encounters with police resulted in Lozano being charged with non-violent felonies. He is also now charged with failing to record his name in the big Doomsday Book of Vagos down at the police station. So the sum of that is that Lozano’s current charges constitute his third strike. Consequently, he faces life behind bars.