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Christie Superseding Indictment

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Christie Superseding Indictment

The strange case of well known and widely respected Hells Angel George Christie (photo above) staggers on. Christie, the former President of the Ventura charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is accused of telling unnamed co-conspirators to burn down two tattoo parlors in Ventura.

Christie owns a Ventura tattoo shop named “The Ink House.” The firebombed businesses are named “Scratch the Surface” and “Twisted Ink.” The bombings took place on July 6, 2007. Not even the government alleges that Christie was there.

Christie was originally indicted on July 29, 2011. A superseding indictment was filed against Christie and four alleged co-conspirators on December 20, 2011 but was not entered into the public record until December 29. Christie’s alleged co-conspirators are Kyle Douglas Gilbertson, Benito Hurtado, Brian Andrew Russell and Richard Reeves Russell, III.

The five men are still all scheduled to stand trial January 31, 2012 before Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen in Room 790 of the Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.

House Arrest

Christie remains under house arrest while awaiting the opportunity to clear his good name. In November, Judge Nguyen modified the conditions of Christie’s confinement to allow him to drive his eight-year-old son to and from school.

At the same time, Nguyen refused to allow Christie to return to work at The Ink House. Christie argued through his attorney that the shop “is suffering financially and losing business due to mismanagement and lack of support by its current employees. Business is down approximately 50 percent. The current employees are young and without supervision. They assume no responsibility and have left the facility unattended with the door open.”

Prosecutors replied that, “Allowing defendant to return to The Ink House would be tantamount to permitting a Ponzi schemer to manage the very funds he embezzled” and “resume control of a business that served as the impetus for two predatory and destructive criminal conspiracies.”

Nguyen would not let Christie go back to work. She also refused to let Christie attend the premier of a movie named The Immortals in Los Angeles to which Christie had been invited by the actor Mickey Rourke. Prosecutors were contemptuous of the idea of allowing Christie, his wife and his lawyer to have “a night at the movies.”

Unnamed Coconspirators

The case against Christie is based on accusations made by four anonymous co-conspirators.

Co-conspirator number one is a former Ventura Hells Angel named James David Ivans, Jr. According to public documents, “Defendant Ivans (who is not named in the Christie case) solicited defendant Gilbertson to carry out the threats. Defendant Gilbertson then turned to defendants Hurtado, B. Russell, and R. Russell to carry out the threats against the tattoo shops in competition with defendant Christie’s tattoo shop…. Each defendant participated in specific, yet intertwined, parts of the same conspiracy to eliminate any competition with the HAVC-sponsored tattoo shop in Ventura.”

A second unnamed conspirator appears to be another former Ventura Angel named Jared Ostrum “Crash” Plomell. Plomell’s legal woes began on October 16, 2007 “at approximately 1:25 p.m.” when an enterprising Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy named Darwin Harwood “asked Plomell if he had a modified exhaust pipe on his motorcycle.” One thing led to another and Plomell was eventually indicted for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possessing a gun while possessing methamphetamine. Plomell changed attorneys on March 8, 2011 and his case has been continued since that date.

OCDETF

The Christie case was instigated and pursued by a law enforcement conspiracy called “Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.”

Three of the Assistant United States Attorneys prosecuting Christie’s case are Rodrigo A. Castro-Silva who is the Chief of the OCDETF Section and Kevin S. Rosenberg and Jay H. Robinson who both work in the OCDETF Section.

According to a recent press release:

“OCDETF is the centerpiece of the Attorney General’s drug supply reduction strategy. In order to enhance the OCDETF Program’s ability to contribute to the President’s mandate to reduce the drug supply, the Program focuses its resources on coordinated, nationwide investigations, targeting the entire infrastructure of major drug trafficking. It also assisted in the development of the Attorney General’s Consolidated Priority Organization Target (CPOT) List, a unified agency target list of international “command and control” drug traffickers and money launderers. OCDETF’s attack on the related components of these major trafficking organizations will not only disrupt the drug market, resulting in a reduction in the drug supply, but will also bolster law enforcement efforts in the fight against those terrorist groups supported by the drug trade.

“The OCDETF Fusion Center (OFC) will gather, store and analyze all-source drug and related financial investigative information and intelligence to support coordinated, multi-jurisdictional investigations focused on the disruption and dismantlement of the most significant drug trafficking and money laundering enterprises.”

The connections between a law enforcement super bureaucracy, “major drug trafficking” infrastructure, “terrorist groups” and tattoo parlors in Ventura are not yet specified in the public record.

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17 Comments For This Post

  1. Rashomon Says:

    I suppose the theory is that if you throw enough shit against the wall some of it is bound to stick. I guess 2012 is just going to be more of the same old nonsense.

  2. RVN69 Says:

    Seems like the prevailing logic of law enforcement is “if we think you are doing something wrong, or if your lifestyle pisses us off, we will investigate you until we can prove you did something wrong, or failing to be able to prove you did something, we will continue to modify the law until anything you do is wrong, then arrest you, detain you for months or years until you finally accept a plea bargin so that you can get back to your life. We will then use your plea as proof we were right in the first place.” Welcome to Amerika

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare

  3. thump Says:

    “Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy named Darwin Harwood “asked Plomell if he had a modified exhaust pipe on his motorcycle.” One thing led to another and Plomell was eventually indicted”

    First rule: Avoid talking to John Law at all costs. Too much information always gets you in trouble. And they know just how to weasel it out of you.

    And this exhaust bullshit in Cali is getting out of control. It’s just another excuse for them to get in your shit and pick until they find a loose thread. And Arnold just made it ten times worse starting in 2013. Now these fucks will have us tearin our bikes apart on the road side to satisfy their pipe fetish. That’ll give them plenty of time to make sure you’re breaking some kind of law. I just watched a video today of a New York cop planting drugs and a couple he pulled over. His own dash cam caught him. That’s how confident they are that even if they are caught, nothing will happen to them. We are losing the America that I grew up in. Serve and protect my ass. Entrap and coerce is their new motto.

  4. Shyster Says:

    Thump,

    The new exhaust law to take effect next year is just another way for Johnny Law to fabricate reasonable suspicion to stop a biker. I can see it now – some patch holder riding a pre Evo era shovel will be pulled over cuz the bike looked like it was a 2013 HD and Mr. Piggy felt the need to check for the sticker on the pipes. A license, registration, and Insurance check will be preceeded by the standard civil servant robotic question “are you on probation or parole?”

    The end is near.

    Shyster

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Sorry to side track this thread, but can you provide more detail on this exhaust law you both are referring to?

  6. thump Says:

    Anonymous,
    Here’s a link to an article explaining it.

    http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/new-california-motorcycle-exhaust-law

    LEO must be the only lobby that pushed for it. Who else would want it bad enough to spend big bucks lobbying for it?

    Shyster
    They even tell you how high your handle bars can be. Just another of their $25 fix-it tickets and another opportunity start the questioning.

  7. Grumbler Says:

    The 2013 law, based on the wording, is only applicable to CA registrated motorcycles. Meaning, out-of-state regustrated motorcycles are exempt.

    However, I don’t know whether the current CA law gives LEOs the authority to cite out-of-state registrated motorcycles for loud pipes.

    That said, have the oem exhaust system, with socks covering the openings, collecting dust on top shelf of my garage. Hope I never have to put it back on my sled.

    The Santa Cruz PD was anal retentive about loud pipes during the early ’70s. Got more than my share of fix-it tickets.

  8. Nihilist Says:

    Hmmm…I can picture the dry erase board at the cop briefings: Modified Exhaust=P/C=Drugs=Tattos(Both=money)=Bad guy/drug user/seller/tatto wearer=terrorist supplier/financier…ad infinitum.

    Speaking of terrorist searches, anyone familiar with the National Defense Authorization Act that was quietly signed into effect 12/31?

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    SB 435, also known as the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act, gives law enforcement officials the ability to cite noise pollution violations under the California Vehicle Code. The law, which goes into effect for motorcycles and aftermarket parts from the 2013 model year forward, states that motorcyclists pulled over for other traffic violations could also be cited for illegally noisy exhaust pipes. A first violation could result in a fine of $50 to $100 — a fix-it ticket that could be dismissed with proof of correction. Subsequent offenses would result in fines of $100 to $250.

    Rebel

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks guys, I read the website. Thank you for the info

  11. Shyster Says:

    Nihilist,

    Ain’t that the truth. And yes Obama signing the NDAA makes me sick. Someone posted about a week or so ago here to stockpile beans and bullets. Now more than ever! The revolution is near.

    Shyster

  12. Rebel Says:

    Goodbye Shyster,

    Say goodbye to Shyster everybody. Just in case he disappears. He just said “revolution.”

    Rebel

  13. Anarchy Says:

    Damn hope he finishes his pending cases before his swept off to where ever. Lock and load .
    Respect, Steve

  14. Dante Says:

    How the NDAA got signed into law is a mystery to me. Even the White House stated they were not happy with the way the bill was written.

    Apparently virtually none of our elected officials voted to preserve the rights the Constitution was meant to guarantee us.

    I am hoping that it can be struck down as unconstitutional. Anyone want to be the test case?

  15. C8652 Says:

    Dante,

    Not me. I have IRS problems this year for ’09 and ’10. Seems I won the lottery.. or did I?

    I guess that is better than a sharp stick poked in your eye.

    r/
    c8652

  16. JSmith Says:

    George Cristie is not a Hells Angel and has not been for almost a year.

  17. Sovereignty Soldier Says:

    Obama wrote the NDAA then came out ACTING like he didn’t support it. The guy is a liar and a crook! Not to mention he isn’t American and would not even pledge his allegiance to our flag when innaugerated the first time. Don’t be fooled by his charismatic charm. He is a globalist, a commie, and he worships at the altar of the morally bankrupt UN! This clown wants our guns now too. No way, that is everyones line in the sand and police better think twice before following any order to disarm citizens! Many citizens are former military. We can shoot, we can strategize, and we are not afraid to die for freedom!

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