Federal and local police commenced a series of punitive Swat raids against homes and other locations in California and Nevada associated with the Vagos Motorcycle Club early this morning. The raids are connected to a long and apparently ongoing investigation of the club by federal police forces including the Department of Homeland Security.
The investigation is related to a violent confrontation between members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Vagos in September 2011 but actually began in 2010. When the investigation began it was headed by Special Agent Matthew Neal of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
At least two former Vagos, Stuart Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick and Jacob Cancelli, are believed to be cooperating with federal authorities.