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Palafox Charges Dropped

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Palafox Charges Dropped

The trumped-up charges against Vagos President Pastor Palafox have been dropped.

Palafox was one of 12 members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club arrested by 500 state, local and federal police officers in six Southern California counties on October 6. Police called the arrests “Operation Simple Green.”

The raids were precipitated by a violent brawl between Vagos and Hells Angels in Sparks, Nevada on September 23. One Hells Angel, Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, died in the brawl. Two Vagos, Leonard Ramirez and Diego Garcia were wounded during the incident. The next morning, Vago Shane Smith was shot while riding his motorcycle in Sparks.

The point of the raids, according to an informed source, was to “shake the tree” and also recover a .40 caliber automatic pistol used in the Sparks confrontation.

Simple Police

Operation Simple Green was an extravagant and expensive public relations stunt that followed a two-year-long, mostly electronic, surveillance of the Vagos by an alphabet soup task force comprising multiple state and federal police forces. The lead police force in the investigation was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After the raids, the little known California Department of Justice and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris rushed to claim credit for the boondoggle.

In a press release the day of the raids, Harris announced, “outlaw motorcycle gangs, like the ones whose member we arrested today, regularly perpetrate serious, violent crimes. Today’s action will make Californians safer.”

Another politician, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos declared, “This outlaw biker gang (the Vagos Motorcycle Club) has been terrorizing our community for years and what happened today is another huge step in the war on gangs I declared in 2005…. This task force is a clear example of how a cooperative team approach can be effective in making our citizens safe.”

A California Department of Justice Special Agent named Andy Spillman told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s going to be a tremendous blow, because we’re targeting their (the Vagos) top leaders.”

The Times did not ask how much the raids cost.

Interest Of Justice

Palafox was charged with stealing a motorcycle, possessing a stolen motorcycle and “street terrorism.” In a court hearing this morning, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Steve Sanchez said that he was dropping the charges “in the interest of justice” because there was never any probable cause to bring the charges in the first place.

Joseph Yanny, Palafox’s attorney, complemented Sanchez for doing the obvious. “Hat’s off,” Yanny said. Yanny also characterized Palafox as “a good, decent, hard-working man.”

Two of the dozen men arrested during Operation Simple Green have not yet been cleared. Scott Rivera and Caesar Rodriguez are both accused of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, participating in a criminal street gang and failure to register as gang members. The first three charges are all felonies. Both men are free on bail and are next scheduled to appear in court February 14.

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23 Comments For This Post

  1. chevyweight Says:

    if they would have donated all that money wasted on this investigation to the boys club, after school programs, big brother mentorships, drug rehab, and/ or employment assistance etc. then that would actually make “californians safer” — in fact they should just cut the police force in half and donate their salaries.

  2. REPENT OR PERISH Says:

    Isn’t this libel??

    In a press release the day of the raids, Harris announced, “outlaw motorcycle gangs, like the ones whose member we arrested today, regularly perpetrate serious, violent crimes. Today’s action will make Californians safer.”

    Another politician, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos declared, “This outlaw biker gang (the Vagos Motorcycle Club) has been terrorizing our community for years and what happened today is another huge step in the war on gangs I declared in 2005…. This task force is a clear example of how a cooperative team approach can be effective in making our citizens safe.”

  3. REPENT OR PERISH Says:

    Surely there’s more pressing matters to be pursued in the interests of citizens’ safety?!
    How can the Vagos MC be classed as terrorists?…if 1%ers were serious about organised crime then they wouldn’t go around with big patches stating who they are!…they’d be dressed anonymously like all the “suits”doing the dirty work in this government!

  4. RVN69 Says:

    Congratulations to Pastor Palafox and his attorney on this small victory in what appears to be a losing fight.

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare

  5. skunk Says:

    FUCK MIKE RAMOS……THESE GUYS ARE GAY. (MIKE RAMOS, CCICONE, PEREZ AND CERVANTEZ.) HOMOSEXUALS AT THERE BEST. GREAT ATTORNEY TACO. GREAT VICTORY

  6. thump Says:

    It appears that LEOs need a way to justify all the neat new military toys the have been given since 911. I read an article a while back about how any law enforcement agency can now get it’s hands on a huge array of military grade equipment for practically free. Quiet little suburbs now have armored assault vehicles. But the “muslim terror cells” that they used to justify militarizing the police never really appeared. Now they need a new enemy to attack with all their new toys and bloated budgets and that enemy is the MCs. The way Washington works is the agencies have to spend everything in their budget this year or they get less next year, so they need more terrorists.

    It keyholes right into the new Defense Authorization Act that says that they can pick anyone up and hold them indefinitely if they say they’re a terrorist, or support terrorists or saw a terrorist on TV or used the word terrorist in a scrabble game.

    I’m walking down the street mindin’ my own affair
    when two policemen grabbed me and I’m unaware
    They said “Is your name Alexander?” and I said “Why, sure!”
    They said “You’re the cat that we’ve been looking for.”

    But I was framed
    I was framed
    I never did nothing
    but now I was, I was framed

    The cops took me to a little room where the bright lights shine
    there was ten poor souls like me standin’ in the line
    I knew I was the victim of somebody’s evil plan
    when a stool pigeon looked at me an’ said….

    That’s your man!

    But I was framed
    I was framed
    I never did nothing
    but now I was, I was framed

    Then the public prosecutor started prosecutin’ me
    that man wanted to find what was my pedigree
    He said “Where were you on the third of June 1963?”
    Then them cats with rubber hoses started givin’ me the third degree….

    FRAMED by The Sensation Alex Harvey Band

  7. IrishDragon Says:

    Congrats on the victory. This is all getting way too out of control.

    IrishDragon

  8. Junior Says:

    My blood boils when i read shit like this…I’m no lawyer (thank God) but maybe shyster or someone else can weigh in here, …I’m thinking that once (or if) the 2 remaining vagos are freed and charges dropped, then it should be fairly easy for a group of “taxpayers” to sue the gov’t for wasting tax money to the tune of a few million. I mean if government spends millions to round up 12 “criminals” and then drops all charges and frees those same 12 “criminals” shortly after arresting them & spending millions, don’t “We the People” have recourse for such gross waste of tax dollars? If we don’t, we fucking should.

  9. Shyster Says:

    Junior,

    Pulled this from the Web as I don’t practice Civil Law:

    In California, before you may sue a public entity (a state, county or local governmental entity) or a government employee for money damages, you must first file a claim meeting the requirements of the California Tort Claims Act. California Government (Gov’t) Code sections 810-996.6. With very limited exceptions, no lawsuit for money damages may be brought against a governmental entity unless a written claim has been properly filed within the six-month time limit. So, even if you are injured by the government and do not currently intend to sue, you should still consider filing a claim in order to protect your rights and to keep your options open.

    The California Tort Claims Act sets out the procedures you must follow when filing a claim against the government for money damages.

    Shyster

  10. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Tata,

    Congratulations!!! I’m glad you beat your case my Brother it was a good day for the Green Nation and your family. We love you Bro hang tough and keep up the good work.

    VFFV LVDV
    Viva Los Vagos

  11. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Shyster,

    Thanks for the info…

    I like I said months ago they got nothing just more smoke blown by Ciccone and that useless fuck Koz and the rest of the nazi leo turds. At the same time Rebel was right in at they got press time, another chance to show off their toys and lie to the average Joe and Jane.

    VFFV LVDV
    Viva Los Vagos

  12. not-a-hippie Says:

    great news. sometimes it seems like everyone is convicted regardless.

  13. not-a-hippie Says:

    Most of the time, we get charged and convicted based on who we are and what we’ve done in the past. It’s like everything we do is wrong and if we get wronged, we’re still wrong.

    I know this ol’ fuckhead is lucky to still be breathing, but gods below, this shit gets old.

  14. eastcoaster Says:

    The Vago’s are all a bunch of snitches. I can name at least a dozen that have rolled over on the club in the last 4 yrs. 1 happens to be a Club Prez & an I.O.

  15. eastcoaster Says:

    All I can say is watch ur asses. U think they all are ur Bro’s & have ur back, well u will see when shit hits the fan. It’s then u will see the yellow streak down there backs.

  16. Sieg Says:

    Eastcoaster, I never met a Vago, none near me to meet, but I kinda doubt the truth of your statement…and it makes me wonder about you.

  17. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Eastcoaster,

    It’s obvious you have issue with someone in my club.

    I would be willing to mediate a sitdown for you to handle your shit in a more honorable way, because right now you sound like a scorned bitch.

    Think about it and STFU

    VFFV LVDV
    Viva Los Vagos

  18. eastcoaster Says:

    The truth hurts does it not. not a scorned bitch either. just facts.

  19. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Eastcoaster,

    It would take the likes of someone alot more important than some bitch punk on the internet to hurt or offend me.

    Fuck you

    VFFV LVDV
    Viva Los Vagos

  20. eastcoaster Says:

    I would not sit down with u & discuss anything. I have a copy of ur by-laws & already know ur take on women. I’am not some stupid bitch. I happen to know more about ur club than u know. I have the proof to back what I say.

  21. Sieg Says:

    Eastcoaster, if you have a beef with someone, why don’t you take it to them instead of netbanging here? There are a few scumbags in every org, whether it be the Vagos or the Kiwanas, what else is new? I’ve got no axe to grind, but here you are screaming snitch, and now you brag that you stole a copy of a clubs by-laws and know more than a Patch-Holder about his own Patch?

    Tell you what, if you’ve got all this proof that someone is a snitch, send it to Rebel and let him either post it or discount it. If you can’t do that, well, you’ll be just another shit-stirrer looking to cause trouble.

  22. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Eastcoaster,
    You have no clue as to what I know, don’t know or how long I have been a member in good standing in the Vagos MC but I assure you its much longer than you seem to think.
    Also based off your statements above I’m willing to put my patch on or willing to bet you’re either a piece of shit we ran down the road thats pissed off because you were not able to be a solid brother or you are a cop.

    Like I already stated, fuck you

    VFFV LVDV
    Viva Los Vagos

  23. idk Says:

    affa vagos suck

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