Mongols Case Staggers On

May 2, 2012

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The federal persecution of more than 120 men who were members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club between 2005 and 2009 continues. That persecution can be roughly summarized in the names of three criminal and two civil cases which included: U.S. v. Cavazos et al.; U.S. v. Maestas et al.; U.S. v. Christopher Ablett; and Ramon Rivera v. Ronnie A. Carter, Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Los Angeles Field Division; and Eric H. Holder, United States Attorney General.

The largest of the unresolved cases is a civil case titled U.S. v. Assorted Firearms, Motorcycles and Other Personal Property. The case is complicated. It has been lingering in legal limbo March 19, 2009. It is presided over by Judge David O. Carter. It is a difficult case to summarize briefly but it is worth mentioning now because the lead defendant in the RICO case against the club, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos who has an interest in this suit, wrote a letter to Carter last week asking for his motorcycles back.

The government has tried to disappear Doc since he was arrested in October 2009. Even his sentencing to 14 years in prison last September was a state secret. The only contact, through clandestine means, that Doc has had with any news outlet in the last four years has been with this page.

The Marshall’s Service and the Bureau of Prisons have refused attempts by multiple newspapers including the Los Angeles Times to interview him. After The Aging Rebel reported that Doc Cavazos was being held in the privately operated, for profit, federal prison in California City, California he was moved to a different prison in a different state. His name does not appear in the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. His brother, Al “The Suit” Cavazos, is currently on probation in Los Angeles. Doc’s son, Ruben “Lil Rubes” Cavazos, is currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution at Safford, Arizona near Tucson. He is scheduled for release in two months.

This week a promotional website for Doc’s memoir, Honor Few Fear None, reappeared after four years. The site is located here. The advertisement uses the Mongols Motorcycle Club’s logo.

Dear Judge Carter

“Dear Judge Carter,” Cavazos wrote April 22. “I would like to ask for you to give me the opportunity to speak in front of your court for the chance at me retrieving three motorcycles that were taken from me by the ATF. I am writing this letter just asking that you hear what I have to say about these three motorcycles that were taken from me four years ago.”

Doc filed his claim for the return of three “special construction motorcycles” in the summer of 2009. Both his son and his brother contested the forfeiture of the same three bikes around the same time. Al Cavazos continues to pursue his claim. Lil Rubes Cavazos filed a motion on April 17 to “withdraw his claim to any of the remaining assets in this action, and releases the United States of America, its agencies, agents, and officers, including employees and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (“ATF”), from any and all claims, actions or liabilities arising out of or related to the seizure and retention of the listed defendant assets and/or the filing of this civil forfeiture action, including, without limitation, any claim for attorneys’ fees, costs or interest which may be asserted on behalf of claimant against the United States….”

Carter refused to file Doc Cavazos’ letter and enter it into the official record of the case April 24.

The Civil Case

The current civil case arises from the Department of Justice’s continuing campaign to maliciously prosecute members of motorcycle clubs simply for belonging motorcycle clubs. In many instances in the Cavazos RICO case the charges against defendants were blatantly manufactured. In other instances, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used contrived searches to wreck homes, terrorize families and steal or destroy personal property including children’s furnishings, personal photo albums, cell phones, personal computers, photo albums, loose cash and family videos.

Virtually all of the defendants in Cavazos were eventually coerced into Stalinist confessions that described the Mongols as a racketeering enterprise and in which the defendants confessed to belonging to the Mongols. All of those defendants had personal property including their motorcycles seized when they were arrested. In most cases, those defendants had the legal right to have that property returned to them after they “confessed.” In some instances defendants were at least partly enticed to confess with the promise that their motorcycles would be returned to them if they did. In most cases, the property was never returned.

Forty-eight unindicted members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club also had personal property, including their motorcycles, seized at the same time. The government claimed then that the motorcycles had been taken as “evidence.” Under federal law the government was required to notify those unindicted men within 60 days that the government intended to seize their property. When the government refused to do that after 92 days, the unindicted men sued the government to have their motorcycles and other property returned. Two months later the government filed the current civil suit.

There has been much legal wrangling and maneuvering during the last three years. A few individuals have had their property returned. Most have not.

Most of all this civil suit and the federal resources that have been squandered to pursue it epitomize how the government of the United States squandered at least $150 million to “put a stake in the heart of the Mongols.” At the time the first indictment was returned the Mongols had about 550 members. At the same time the United States of America had the power to tax 300 million citizens. The power disparity between the two sides is still evident.

There will be a motion hearing in Judge Carter’s courtroom in Santa Ana on May 21. The civil trial will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 12.


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15 Responses to “Mongols Case Staggers On”

  1. Doc Jones Says:

    Cavazos must be bored with the prison life. His advertisement page is the old Mongol site. Is he so stupid that he feels he is still a Mongol? Maybe it’s just about getting some money. Whatever it is he should just let go.

    Doc Jones
    Now living in Fair Oaks, CA

  2. RVN69 Says:

    Unfortunately the presence of Doc will cloud the real issue. That is the government, state, local, federal, keeping your personal property long, most times years after you have been aquitted, had charges reduced to a minor misdemeanor or dropped completely. There is no justification for keeping personal property to include bikes and cars, some of which are converted to personal use by agents of the government after someone has been cleared of their charges.

    “I am not an angel, nor am I the devil, I am the bastard stepchild of both.”

  3. Muck 1%er Says:

    The ATF is also still refusing to return vests and patches taken from unindicted members that were taken in the “Black Rain” raids. Even though, the federal judges have ruled that LE has no legal authority to seize them. Apparently that decision does not make a “retroactive ruling” ruling in the eyes of the feds. Every time my att”y contacts Ciccones’ office, he is told that the judge din’t order the return of property “already” seized and that they haven’t made a decision yet as to whether they will EVER return said property.
    In my opinion, those of us who have commited no crime, were simply victims of a “home invasion robbery.” Not unlike having a bunch of thug gangbangers kick in your door and rob you of everything at gunpoint. The only difference being…you are not allowed to defend your family, home or property from THESE thugs, because THEY are sworn to serve and protect you from these types of events. They only HOPE that you will make an attempt at such a defense, so they can at that point shoot and kill you , like you were a common animal.
    Makes me wonder why I served my country as a US Marine to defend it against all enemies, foreign AND domestic and put my life and limb at the disposal of a government who would in return, take from me, those rights and freedoms for which I had offered to sacrifice my own life. Hoping to help preserve them so that ALL citizens of this great country could continue to enjoy them.
    I ask for nothing in return. Only to be able to continue to enjoy those same freedoms. I’m not looking for any thanks you’s, or any glory. Simply to be allowed to ride my motorcycle, with people of a like mind, who enjoy the travels through life and on the roads with a similar passion for family and brotherhood.
    I am not a criminal. Guilt by association is a FABRICATED crime.
    I despise the fact that Doc and his ilk introduced “gangbangers” and street rats into my club, thereby opening the door for LE to make an attempt at virtually destroying the club because of the actions of a “few.’
    We have been working hard at filtering out those undesirables and will continue to do so. Now if only the Gov’t would do the same and clean out it’s own house. I’m afraid it’s too late in the game for me to ever be able to trust the gov’t and feel safe and secure in my freedoms personally, but it would be nice if future generations could enjoy life without having to experience having theirs homes raped and their property stolen by those in whom they place their trust, to “serve and protect.”
    End of rant. Just had to get it off my chest.

    Respects to those who have earned and deserve it.

    Muck 1%er

    I can NEVER express the gratitude that I have from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifices that you make in the work that you do. Here and elsewhere to expose the wrongdoings of the alphabet agencies, perpertrated against the citizens of these United States of America.

    Thank you

  4. RVN69 Says:

    Muck 1%er,
    My condolences for the suffering you and yours have suffered at the hands of true criminals in the name of “Just Us”.

    “Sometimes the majority just means all the fools are on the same side.”

  5. sled tramp Says:

    RE: Muck 1%er’s rant:
    I would normally reply to the individual posting but in this case,I prefer a general reply.
    I have been a biker for 38 years.Been down the street and around the block,pretty much experienced all one can as a sled tramp.
    As an organization,I have had only positive and respectful experiences with the Mongol Nation.Members have treated me with nothing less than true friendship and opened their homes to me,a complete stranger.Specifically the Oregon Mongols whom I cannot say enough good things about.A group,if I were to seek descriptive words for,would be best decribed by the words integrity and intelligence.Every member to a man I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting is someone I would allow into my home,leave with my family and offer any and all assistance to if needed 24/7.And I don’t do that to anyone else outside of my own club.I have actually encountered problems occasionally from my own people because I’ve defended the Mongols.But my feelings run deep with their members BECAUSE THEY’VE EARNED MY RESPECT.
    And very,very (VERY) few people do.
    And Muck,I’m trying to get down to the gig north of you this weekend.If I do,I don’t give a shit who doesn’t like it,I’ll be there to shake the hand of someone I respect.
    sled tramp

  6. Shyster Says:


    Maybe Rebel will send you my private e-mail address and I can discuss what we do here in State Court to get property returned. I do not practice in Federal Court but maybe I can lend a hand free of charge. Rebel, you have my consent to send him my private e-mail address. My office is in L.A.


  7. Unknown Individual Says:

    The cancer involved in the cyclone that is this case is Rueben Cavazos. He is an egotistical maniac whose universe revolves around one thing and one thing only-HIMSELF. He is what he is. A gang banger who infected this thing of ours with fear of individuality and source of strength within false numbers. The Mongols MC will be paying for him for a long time. A LONG TIME.They will stand the test of time……or will they? I don’t know. Theyre a southern California club. Southern California is stupid. The Mongols MC are not. As long as they use that wrinkled thing between their ears.

  8. Unknown Individual Says:


  9. Phuquehed Says:

    @Muck 1%er –

    I sure hate to hear the kind of shit our own government does to folks like you, who as you say are simply being punished for ‘association’. If the government wasn’t full of lying, hypocritical, self-serving, egotistical pussies who wouldn’t know truth and justice if it was a real sasquatch suddenly come upon them and rips both their legs off, then *everyone* who went to court would have to have *all* their friends with them and charged too!

    I sure wish I had friends like you and some few others that post here on Rebel’s site. It’d be nice to know that my trust was finally given to people who deserve it and I could feel like I had *true* friends.

    I hope for the best for you man in getting your things back and that the ‘cleaning house’ works out well and soon.

  10. Grumbler Says:

    The response by Muck 1%er triggered my hosed memory cells about a November 1992 seizure in Phoenix, AZ in which most of the DDMC was without their motorcycles:

    Even though the article was slanted towards the sheeple and had just a modium of respect towards the motorcycle culture, it’s a good, albeit saddening read. That was yet another infuriating example of how local, state, and federal LEOs have nothing other than contempt for the civil rights of patch holders.

    Even if it’s nothing more than a simple traffic stop, LEOs get their rocks off stepping out of a shitload of vehicles brandishing automatic weapons and chuffs when it’s a group of patch holders. That’s exactly what happened to the MMC on I-84 east of Boise a year ago this month.

    We have to keep in mind that whatever tactics are employed against patch holders are setting the precedence for going after the average biker.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Dear Unknown Individual,

    All I know is if I run that picture a whole lot of guys get so pissed off they have to read what I have to say about Doc this time. Doc, the Sons of Anarchy and the Iron Order Motorcycle Club: Three subjects everybody loves to hate.

    I am going to get a written interview with Doc one of these days.


  12. Muck 1%er Says:


    Thank you very much for your kind offer. If Rebel will be so kind as to forward your add, I will be in touch.

  13. Muck 1%er Says:

    Sled Tramp,

    Thank you for your kind words. The Vagos have a slogan which states “We give what we get.” While we have a different slogan, I think theirs pretty much applies to the way we conduct ourselves as well. You have always been respectful toward us and it has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. I may not make it this wknd, but someday, somewhere, I will gladly shake your hand.

    Much Respect to you and yours
    Muck 1%er

  14. matt d Says:

    Muck just remember that cops and all the BS alphabet agencies are the biggest gangs of all. I have gone to a couple Mongol functions and have nothing but respect for your brothers because they treated me and my wife with respect. I had a good time.

  15. Hector Gonzalez Jr. Says:

    Dear Rebel
    Please don’t post the first comment. I got a bit carried away. It’s been a long journey and it still not over. Still waiting for sentencing and don’t want to screw it up.
    Love & Respect
    Hector Gonzalez “Largo”

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