Operation Catch 22

February 29, 2012


GIITEM, which is an acronym for the Arizona “Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission,” arrested ten members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club Leap Day morning. The official announcement of the arrests states 11 Vagos were arrested.

According to GIITEM (pronounced Git‘em) spokesman Bart Graves, “The arrests culminated an eight-month investigation into the resurgence of violent crimes related to the Vagos Motorcycle Gang in the Bullhead City area.” Graves calls the arrests “Operation Catch 22.”

Lets Talk Absurd

Catch 22 was an absurdist novel by Joseph Heller published in 1961. The title has become a standard term used to describe a logical paradox enforced by ridiculous rules. Graves seems to have heard of the term, also knows that that the letter V, as in Vago, is the 22nd letter of the alphabet and understands that all biker roundups must have a snappy name.

Graves release explains: “There have been several incidents where Vago members and their followers have been involved in violent encounters involving patrons of local bars. The latest incident occurred December 23rd, 2011, at Lazy Harry’s Lounge in Bullhead City. During this incident, a patron was assaulted, dragged out of the bar, and beaten by several members of the Vagos Motorcycle Gang.”

“This investigation coincided with another investigation into the Lake Havasu chapter of the Vagos Motorcycle gang. It’s alleged that gang members were involved in assaults, witness intimidation, drug sales, motorcycle theft, and possession of stolen property.”

The Bodies

Graves identifies Ryan Welsch, 26, of Lake Havasu, Arizona; and Shawn Patrick Bailey, 36, and Gabriel Nader, 25, of Bullhead City of being charged with Aggravated Assault, Riot and Participating in a Criminal Street Gang.

Bernard Prano, 55 and Paul Anthony Villegas, 41, of Lake Havasu; Peter Velliodis, 39, of Laughlin, Nevada; Robert Wayne Mann, 46, and Robert Kellar, 36 of Bullhead City; and Daniel McDonald, 53, of Fort Mohave, Arizona were all arrested for Theft of Means of Transportation, Participating in a Criminal Street Gang and Possession of a Vehicle with a Defaced Vehicle Identification Number.

Kenneth William Gallego, 35 of Fort Mohave was arrested for Attempted Intimidation of a Witness and Assisting a Criminal Street Gang.

Dale Warren Smith, 52 of Mohave Valley, Arizona  was arrested for Mishandling of Explosives.


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12 Responses to “Operation Catch 22”

  1. Campos-sgv-asylum Says:

    Sounds to me like the feds are turning another 1% club into a riding club just like they did to the mongols. We see 22’s out there in the street bike scene in small numbers now. Another club down.

  2. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Fuck the feds… Oh and as for the bust what a bunch of clown those cops are. That was a funny display of keystone cops too damn much comedy.

  3. Philo Says:

    Quite a Quandry. LoL. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys like heh heh


  4. Philo Says:

    Quite a Quakerism. LoL. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys like heh heh


  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Philo,

    Oh yeah! I almost wrote about this. They have to turn on the tracking devices in order to retrieve them. Of course, during the very brief time they will be turned on the information gathered will be admissable as evidence against the survielled.


  6. Philo Says:

    Not directly related to this case (?) but to police state action overall. A small victory?



  7. SKUNK Says:


  8. Austin Says:

    “The Aging Rebel knows how to get the reader going by pushing the buttons that people like me who need to eat can’t afford to do.”


  9. RVN69 Says:

    My condolences to the Vago’s M/C for having to undergo yet another Law Enforcement proctological exam.

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare

  10. Rashomon Says:

    Never mind Catch 22, sounds more like The Dice Man to me. Another waste of taxpayer money.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lawyer’d Up,

    Kingman is starting to remind me of Hemet.


  12. Lawyer'd Up Says:

    I predict one misdemeanor conviction with no gang crime attached. Dumb ass cops.


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