Updating The Mongols Case Again

December 26, 2011

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The case against the Mongols Motorcycle Club filed in October 2008, titled U.S. versus Cavazos et al., continues.

As of Christmas 2011, the cases against six of the original 79 defendants remain open. Those defendants are Hector Enrique Gonzalez, Arthur Roseli, Jr., Anthony Mark Tinoco, Peter Soto, Horacio Ponce and Manuel Melgoza. Another defendant, Jose Garcia, was sentenced en camera on December 2.

An en camera court proceeding is a court session that is held “in a closet” out of sight of the public. Closed sentencings sometimes indicate that the accused man has been cooperating with prosecutors but not necessarily. In some cases the Department of Justice has used en camera sentencings as a disinformation technique.

The defendant for whom the case was named, Ruben Doc Cavazos, was sentenced en camera in September to 14 years imprisonment. The Aging Rebel has been told that Doc Cavazos did not substantially cooperate with prosecutors.

The last 15 filings in Cavazos have all been sealed.

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia was the President of the Mongols Cypress Park chapter at the time three agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives patched into the club. The three undercover agents who joined that chapter were Gregory “Russo” Giaoni, Paul “Painter” D’Angelo and Darrin “Dirty Dan” Kozlowski. Consequently, Garcia is mentioned numerous times in the indictment.

One allegation made in the indictment was that: “On December 2, 2006, in Riverside, California, defendant J. Garcia told undercover law enforcement officers that J. Garcia would be responsible for their membership in the Mongols and ensuring that they were not undercover law enforcement officers.”

Another was: “On December 15, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, defendant J. Garcia advised three undercover law enforcement officers who were posing as potential Mongols members that Mongols rules required them to obtain permission from J. Garcia as their chapter president before they trafficked in narcotics with Mongols members, and J. Garcia advised that he would inform Cavazos about their narcotics transactions.”

The worst of the allegations against Garcia was: “On February 3, 2007, defendant J. Garcia met with undercover law enforcement officers posing as members of an organized criminal enterprise in Chicago, Illinois, and told them that the Mongols organization is a criminal gang whose members pay ‘dues’ every month to finance the operation of the organization, including hiring lawyers to represent members charged with the crimes of the organization.”

The last allegation, if proven or admitted to by Garcia, could be particularly troublesome in future racketeering cases against the Mongols Motorcycle Club or any of its members.

For Example

For example, a Mongol named Christopher “Stoney” Ablett is charged with racketeering in a trial scheduled to begin January 23, 2012. Ablett is specifically charged with murdering Hells Angels Motorcycle Club San Francisco charter President Mark “Papa” Guardado in September 2008. The federal government alleges that Ablett committed the murder on behalf of the “Mongols criminal enterprise.” Before prosecutors in that case can prove that Ablett was motivated to serve the “Mongols criminal enterprise,” they must establish that a “Mongols criminal enterprise” existed when Guardado died.

All admissions that such a criminal enterprise existed are potentially damaging to Ablett’s defense. Ablett’s attorneys, Richard Mazer and Michael N. Burt, give every indication that they intend to vigorously dispute the racketeering allegation. John Ciccone, who was a case agent in at least two ATF investigations of the Mongols, will provide “expert” testimony that the Mongols Motorcycle Club was a criminal enterprise.

From Plea To Sentencing

Any hypothetical cooperation by Jose Garcia could also damage Ablett’s defense.

Garcia pled guilty to racketeering on October 23, 2009. He pled guilty to a base level 19 offense with three points deducted for acceptance of responsibility. Under current sentencing guidelines, he faced a maximum sentence of 57 months imprisonment and a probable sentence of 30 months.

In that plea and sentencing agreement, Garcia admitted that he “knowingly and intentionally collected funds from other Mongols members in order to support the criminal activity of the Mongols organization. For example, on November 18, 2007, defendant Garcia advised an undercover law enforcement officer that defendant Garcia believed was a member of the Mongols gang that the Mongols would be collecting funds to pay for an attorney to represent co-defendant and Mongols gang member Denis Maldonado in connection with the April 8, 2007 shooting at the Nicola’s bar.”

The 26-month pause between Garcia’s plea agreement and his sentencing is unusual.



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7 Responses to “Updating The Mongols Case Again”

  1. willienelso3 Says:

    Dear Rebel,

    thank-you for all the work you’ve done and continue to do.
    this whole thing is mind-boggling. (I had no idea this crap was going on until finding your website. . . .)

    I hope you had a good Christmas.
    and the same to all the regulars who frequent this site and contribute comments.

    I’ve been coming here for 2 years and 3 months now.
    it’s always a pleasure and informative to read your articles, and to read the comments which follow. (in fact, I continue to come here almost as much for the input and feedback of your other readers as for the articles themselves.)

    agingrebel.com is an oasis in cyber-wasteland.

    w/ respect,


  2. Junior Says:

    What willie said. Rebel, you truly have created an oasis in a “cyber-wasteland” and I thank you for it, keep it up, and I’ll keep clicking on those ads on the right side of my screen.


  3. Lawyer'd Up Says:


    Thanks for all your thorough work. Don’t let what others have said on other threads get you down. Happy New Year man.


  4. DesertH-D Says:

    WTF??? “collecting funds to pay for an attorney” formally held up as an example of criminality?? That seems unbelievably transparent, even in today’s fucked up world… “Your friends collected money to defend another friend in court, so clearly you are all criminals.”

    Don’t know what made the dude take the plea, NOMB and it doesn’t matter for the real issue. But damn, they really wrote THAT??? Is Rebel REALLY the only journalist that is intrigued by this level of BLATANT circular logic from our justice department? This should ring sour even for the sheeple that might never catch a case in their life…

  5. Roy Buchanan Says:

    Kudos for your work Rebel.No one is commenting on your header so I’ll kick off. That is a very alarming revelation about Mr. Garcia. If this were a year ago, and Stoney’s trial started with the gov having a false but strong case, it could cost him his life.That point is now moot, at least legally, since they fucked off so badly with discovery. You have told everyone that already.It would be interesting to see Jose answer for his actions.That is between the guys in the Nation, but it is tough to even read about it, with this trial so near.
    There are two good points on Stoney’s side of the coin: #1) He did not commit a murder. #2)The gov,even playing dirty pool as they do, absolutely cannot prove a case. That’s obvious. You don’t hold a guy for 3 years over a “simple” murder case which you can prove. A blind person can see they have nothing. All their drivel about conspiracies and racketeering is not germane to this case, simply because there is no case at all. Roy

  6. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lawyer’d Up,

    It doesn’t. I am a blissful moron most of the time. Happy New Year to you!


  7. IrishDragon Says:

    Rebel, I’ve been frequenting your site for a couple of months now. It’s great to see someone step up/stand up for the other guys. I knew a lot of what the alphabets have been doing is wrong. Keep up the great work man and thanks again for the truth. Happy New Years.


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