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ATF Vallejo Investigation

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ATF Vallejo Investigation

A member of the Vallejo, California charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and his wife have been arrested as a result of an apparent entrapment executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In an attempt to protect that investigation and frustrate press scrutiny of the case, the ATF has not yet announced the arrests in writing and the couple have not yet been federally charged. Helen Dunkel, the Public Information Officer for the ATF’s San Francisco Field Division is calling the case the product of a “state investigation.”

Dennis Killough and his wife Sarah Barham Killough were arrested within the last three days. Sarah Barham Killough worked as a dispatcher for the California Highway Patrol. CBS television affiliate KOVR is reporting that the CHP terminated Sarah Barham Killough on December 9. The couple were arrested at their apartment in Vacaville. The ATF served search warrants on the Killough’s apartment, the Hells Angels clubhouse in Vallejo and a storage locker rented by Killough on December 13. The case is being prosecuted by Yolo County Deputy Assistant Attorney Michael Vroman.

Charges

Dennis Killough is currently charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, sale of an AR-15 rifle, being armed with a firearm during a major methamphetamine sting and transportation of methamphetamine for sale. Sarah Barham Killough is accused of posing as a Department of Motor Vehicles investigator in order to trace the owner of license plates.

Sarah Killough has worked at the CHP’s Vallejo dispatch center since 2009.

Bogus, major drug deals are a major weapon in the ATFs arsenal of dirty tricks. Typically, a target who is eager or desperate for cash is offered a large sum of money to provide security for an unspecified transaction. After the target arrives at the location of the transaction, often a motel room, he is informed that the transaction involves drugs and he is handed a gun. These stings are always videotaped by multiple, hidden cameras.

Vroman has filed papers with the court asking that the couple be held without bail.

The Investigation

The investigation that led to the arrests began on February 13 and involved undercover ATF agents. Allegedly, Killough sold a stolen rifle scope to the undercovers that month. The agents met both Killoughs in May. Sarah Killough allegedly told agents she would be “in charge” of future transactions at that meeting. According to the ATF, Mrs. Killough admitted to the undercovers that she had warned members of the Vallejo charter of imminent arrests.

The ATF alleges that Dennis Killough sold the undercovers an AR-15 last July. Killough is accused of suggestingthat the undercovers use his wife’s car to transport drugs at that meeting. The bogus drug deal was in August when he was allegedly paid $1,000 for standing guard.

ATF agent Dunkel said a “proactive, ongoing investigation” is continuing into the Vallejo charter.

 

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  1. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    Sounds like the same playbook used in Ga against members of various clubs a couple years ago. And the ploy actually dates back to the 80′s. I know of at least one case in Fl from that time frame.

    I guess more of us need to learn from history.

  2. CN Says:

    Entrapment, sting operations and the like are yet further evidence that the cops are no longer capable of real police work resulting in convictions but rather that through careful PR programs and out right propaganda they can munipulate a gullable and fearful population into seeing protection where none is necessary and threats to public safety where none exist. Law enforcment has become big business in the same way that military contractors urge us into wars where no national security threat exists. How much American Idol or The Voice does one have to consume to believe that this horse shit is reality?

  3. Hated and Proud Says:

    @ Dirty Dingus Mcgee, it is EXACTLY what they did to the guys in Ga., some have pled out and one was found guilty on all counts last week, even though the feds admitted that the transaction was not told to him what it was, and it turned out that no actual drugs were used. If no appeal is granted, he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
    I can’t stand it.

  4. swampy Says:

    I believe it was Glen S. who said it best(and he usually does) when he stated “Entrapment is when you sit in judgement of those who spurred you on.” Best of luck to Mr. Killough, his wife along with the Vallejo Charter. Believe me, from personal experience about 12 years ago, the term “ongoing investigation” is a sickening feeling. CN has pretty much nailed it with the second to last sentence of his post.

    @Glen S.
    Glen, I apologized if I have misquoted you or brought any undue attention. However, usually after coming to Rebel’s site to see if he has any new stories for us, I enjoy reading you comments along with many others who post here. With the highest regards and respect to the true. Y’all know who y’all are. swampy

  5. Paladin Says:

    After reading this and remembering other stories about the ATF’s underhanded schemes, I’m reminded of what my parents told me when I was a child. They said: “Don’t talk to strangers”. I think it’s good advice for adults as well, especially for those that happen to live a targeted lifestyle.

    I think a patch added to an MC member’s or bikers vest (IDTTS) might be a good reminder of such a policy.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  6. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Xenophobic: DONT Trust , Engage in Activitys with or Communicate with someone OUTSIDE of your trusted inner circle.
    An offer of $$$ (From Strangers) to a target/Individual that is easygoing,gullible or desperate for ca$h provides security for an alleged drug transaction…? Thats a far fetched scenario to print & tell the general public.
    I find it hard to believe a Patch Holder, 1%ER or anyone Living the life would be so gullible as to converse with and engage a strangers offer to provide such a service outta the clear blue sky.

    I think the ATF PR team and Deputy D.A. Vroman has put that story out to the public to read in the hopes they (knows that some if not most) will believe it.
    Myself , I’m not buying that story as reported in the press Release and My Sincerest DEEPEST Serious Prayers go out to the Killough’s & The Vallejo Charter to be victorious in court or whatever forum they are tried in .

    Only a Revolver was found in the Vallejo Charter Clubhouse,and NO mention in the press release about an alleged sawed off shotgun found in the Killough residence/apartment – although local news station accounts reported such a find(the shotgun).
    And the local neighbors were more enamored with the newsteam spotlights and attention and posing/posturing for them when one (black young adult) told the reporter:
    “I seen him wearing a Hells Angels vest ” coming & going in and outta there. I Watch the News & Discovery Channel…I know them dudes dont mess around.

    So much for unbiased reporting and objective commentary huh ?
    All I can say is (again) I Hope The Killoughs & HAMC get exonnerated, and this bullshit assclown circus turns to shit for the Feds & State Scumbags.

  7. Tooj Says:

    Fuck…

  8. BMW Says:

    The standard operating procedure of the ATF consists of inventing crimes, talking people into committing crimes they would not otherwise commit, entrapping them and prosecuting them. The have tried this with any number of community groups or motorcycle clubs that have pissed off the authorities over the years.

    A few years ago the pro-ATF Public Relations program Gangland (which was created to overcome some of the bad publicity after the ATF-instigated debacles/murders at Ruby Ridge and Waco) reported about the ATF infiltration of a well-known club in Florida, and inadvertently gave us the playbook of an ATF-entrapment operation.
    The ATF provocateur:
    1. tries to make friends with a club member to gain access to members;
    2. tries to meet lots of club members and gain the trust of club members;
    3. then tries to get membership in the club so he can use his membership to convince fellow-members to break the law for him;
    4. tells fellow-club members that he is “in trouble” and needs illegal help (bombs, sawed-off shotguns, short-barreled rifles, automatic weapons, drugs) to avoid being killed by fictitious “bad guys” (mob, black militants, foreign hit-men) who “demand” the contraband;
    5. tries to buy and sell drugs with club members;
    6. often offers cash “tips” to those who deliver items for others so those people can be indicted;
    7. often will offer drugs “on consignment” for sale to those who say they do not have the money to buy drugs;
    8. often will try to rope club members into other bizarre fantasy-like plans for robberies, drug deals, and purchase of stolen items, usually in or from other states. (To provide for RICO and other federal charges)

    In the end of this Gangland story, the ATF actually created a fictitious chapter consisting entirely of LEOs. (This tactic has been used since in AZ with the Solo Angels and VA with the Mongols.)

    The ATF took down more than 20 club members in Florida — almost all of whom had been talked into breaking the law to “help save the life of a fellow club member”. Even the ATF provocateur expressed some guilt over his role in entrapping the club members in Florida.

    “DTTS” is a good motto, “Our Business is None of Your Fucking Business” is another, many bikers wear a “FTATF” patch, but I like the patch that says “Stop Federal Fabricated Crimes”.

    Fabricating crimes is much easier than actually solving real crimes — as the ATF has consistently proven.

  9. WARTHOG Says:

    From the FBI webpage:

    The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating color of law abuses, which include acts carried out by government officials operating both within and beyond the limits of their lawful authority. Off-duty conduct may be covered if the perpetrator asserted his or her official status in some way.

    During 2012, 42 percent of the FBI’s total civil rights caseload involved color of law issues—there were 380 color of law cases opened during the year. Most of the cases involved crimes that fell into into five broad areas:

    Excessive force;
    Sexual assaults;
    False arrest and fabrication of evidence;
    Deprivation of property; and
    Failure to keep from harm.

    False arrest and fabrication of evidence:

    The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches or seizures. A law enforcement official using authority provided under the color of law is allowed to stop individuals and, under certain circumstances, to search them and retain their property. It is in the abuse of that discretionary power—such as an unlawful detention or illegal confiscation of property—that a violation of a person’s civil rights may occur.

    Fabricating evidence against or falsely arresting an individual also violates the color of law statute, taking away the person’s rights of due process and unreasonable seizure. In the case of deprivation of property, the color of law statute would be violated by unlawfully obtaining or maintaining a person’s property, which oversteps or misapplies the official’s authority.

    The Fourteenth Amendment secures the right to due process; the Eighth Amendment prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. During an arrest or detention, these rights can be violated by the use of force amounting to punishment (summary judgment). The person accused of a crime must be allowed the opportunity to have a trial and should not be subjected to punishment without having been afforded the opportunity of the legal process.

    Who better to recognize these crimes than the ones that perpetuate them?

    Fuck em.

    L&R,

    warthog

    FTP FTF FTW STP

  10. Former Regular Says:

    http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-01-12/documents-show-area-bikers-got-caught-fbi-sting

  11. Hated and Proud Says:

    @warthog

    I wasn’t aware of any of that, but holy shit…you’ve nailed it on the head.

    I agree

    Fuck em.

  12. Sieg Says:

    ATF manufactures more crime than it stops. I can see this being another case of them jumping something up based on less than nothing.

    I can say they are rotten fucks. If you want twisted, here is the short version of my case.

    Two snitches, call them CI1 and CI2.

    CI1 is an old and trusted friend, my kids call him uncle, known him forever, he’s done time before, always been stand-up.

    CI2 is an old friend of CI1, and is said to be a decent guy by people who know him.

    CI1 loans a pistol to another guy, who promptly kills someone with it. He gets popped, and gives the piggers CI1. CI1 is now looking at a very heavy accessory beef, and rolls over, pointing a finger at yours truly for initially selling him the piece, and at CI2 for holding dope.

    CI2 gets popped with sales weight, and promptly tells ATF that he “knows a guy that has all kinds of machine-guns and explosives, and is selling weapons top gang-members”. Guess who that is?!

    CI1 brings CI2 to my place, introducing him as an old friend. Over the course of the next 18 months, CI1 is real scarce, but CI2 tries to hang-out as often as he can. Enough so that I tell people to be careful of him.

    At some point, maybe a year into this, CI1 shows up with an AK, which he offers to trade to my partner for a revolver. My partner doesn’t really want the thing, but hey-it’s a thousand dollar rifle for a two hundred dollar handgun, so he takes it.

    Within a few days, here is CI2, begging my partner to sell him the rifle. Needing some bux, he does, and CI2 asks him to drop it off at his mom’s house, where he is staying while he’s in town.

    My partner doesn’t have a license, so the next time we are heading down that way, he asks if he can bring the rifle and drop it off for CI2.

    Okay, no big deal…except it is. Six months later, the doors get blown off my crib, flashbangs, tank in the driveway, piggers galore, all that happy horsecock. I’m on the evening news, in the papers, the whole nine yards.

    Trouble is, they didn’t find a fucking thing illegal in my crib. Ended up having to return SEVENTY weapons the confiscated. Oh, the ATF was so happy about that. They made sure to vandalize each and every one of them, the faggot cocksuckers, but they had to return them.

    Upshot of the story, I got 30 months paper with a year in a “secure pre-release facility”, for “participating in a sale” to a prohibited person. Or as my shonskie said, “for making them look bad”.

    Fuck ‘em.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    5 to 1
    SYLO

  13. Sieg Says:

    WARTHOG!

    Got that today, thanks my man!

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  14. Sieg Says:

    From the Chicago Tribune, names n some locations removed.

    18 Month Investigation leads to arrest of 9

    1:47 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2011

    Police and federal agents swept through several suburban homes this morning, arresting members of the gang following an 18-month undercover investigation into allegations of drug dealing, gun trafficking and violent intimidation.

    Nine members of the gang were charged with federal gun crimes, including selling an AK-47 assault rifle, and six others were charged with state drug and gang crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Since 2009, an informant inside the gang has supplied investigators, led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with information about illegal gun deals, peddling drugs, and violence, according to authorities.

    Charged in the case is the alleged leader of the A-Town faction of the gang, Mega, 40, as well as PeeWee, 46, and SG, who allegedly supplied the gang with guns they purchased in Wisconsin. SG, 56, known as “Sieg,” lives in Wis., and PeeWee lives in far north suburban Antioch. Other members arrested today live in Lombard, Villa Park, and Elmhurst.

    The federal charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count. All nine defendants were scheduled to appear in court later today.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  15. Paladin Says:

    To All,

    I think Unintended Consequences, written by John Ross, is a book well worth reading. I believe this book to be a harbinger of what’s to come.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  16. Austin Says:

    @Sieg – Glad you got your stuff BACK – would have been better if this had never happened… but some people don’t make out well in your situation. Innocence being beside the point.

  17. Road Whore Says:

    @ Sieg:

    My condolences on your rape by the Fedbeast. I wish you had gotten your stuff back in good shape, but at least you did get it back. Even nicer if you had your record expunged and an apology from the fucking assholes, but I guess I might as well wish for a Unicorn for Christmas, eh?

    It amazes me the people we know and trust (or at least think we know and therefore can trust) that will throw us under any bus that’s convenient in order to save their own worthless hides.

    It’s gotten to where it’s not only be sure of who you know, but be sure of who THEY know. I swear it’s a sad world.

    Used to you could do a favor for a friend without a second thought. Now it’s best to have second, third, and fourth thoughts.

    (I like how these fuckers set up these stings, too: It’s not “Hey, I’m a vicious gangbanger with a long record and I need to buy a gun so’s I can pop a cap in a motherfucker’s ass.” Instead it’s: “Hey, old friend, I’ve got a guy with lung cancer who needs money. He’s selling his mother’s gun, she died recently, and she only shot it on Sundays. Can you help a brother in need?” Fuck everyone that buys into stupidity and the Fedbeast’s regime.)

    Well, hell, Sieg, hang in there Bud, and have a Merry Christmas in spite of the crap they try to shovel on you.

    Ride Free

  18. Sieg Says:

    Road Whore, Austin, thanks for the kind words, but really, no big deal. You know, for spending what had to be millions of dollars on this big-time investigation, the feds got jack-shit. Sure, they got six convictions, but out of that, the most time dealt was four years to one of the brothers who had a sheet, after that, three years, again, a brother with a sheet, and mine, a year in and 18 months on paper, then one for six months, then one for six months, then a few probations.

    For that, they had a plane in the air over my house for two days before the bust, they had hundreds of hours of tape with not a fucking thing them, the tank, something like fifty agents at my house alone…really, it had to cost millions, and for what?!

    And yeah, ATF was major pissed about the weapons. I got six kids, and the safe had everyone’s stuff in it. After almost two years, the judge finally ordered them to return everything, posthaste. And I was real lucky they could find ‘em!

    Ah well, fuck ‘em, as one illustrious poster, who shall remain anonymous, but whose initials are WARTHOG! A lousy year, and hell, I get out and about now n then. No big thang.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    14W

  19. VINCE 1%er Says:

    The ENTIRE Vallejo arrest and raid(s) scenario is a BOGUS , shoddy & awkwardly staged PERSECUTION towards the HAMC .
    This whole debacle isn’t gonna “Fly Straight” in any Trial with a REAL Jury.

    It was Designed,made up and fabricated by the gutless & cowardly ATF,State & Federal agencies as a whole simply for headlines,personal gain,Vendetta and Retribution for failed prior prosecutions ,incidents,investigations and efforts against the club.
    Much Respect & Best Wishes to the HAMC . Fight If Your Right – which They Are.

  20. Meh Says:

    An accidental gift from the pork:

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/fbi-copyrighted-interrogation-manual-unredacted-secrets

    Anyone feel like visiting the LOC and doing some research? Perhaps a paralegal or lawyer with a very good memory? Reason being is if those questionable techniques are used on a client it might be key to getting a case thrown out. Read the redacted version, visit to fill in the blanks, take notes after leaving LOC, keep in mind that you may be able to subpoena the document if required for your case.

  21. Jim666 Says:

    More Federally Fabricated Crimes.
    The feds are the real criminals but we already know that.
    The problem is the average Citizen don’t realize how they do this shit, just like the RockHell deal no crimes until the feds created them

    FTF FTG FTATF FTP
    ACAB

    Jim

  22. chromedome Says:

    @sieg

    May the piles of shit waste that rolled on you and yours die a slow and painful death. Esp the ones your kids called uncle. That sorry mfker deserves something extra horrible.

    Rather live loyal, than die rich
    ..supportyourlocalwhiteboy..

  23. blind Tom Says:

    Read this stuff and it’s depressing as hell. To live outside the law you must be honest as the saying goes. I found this today, passed it on to AR but I’ll post it here. If you like strong, good looking women who know the score, you’ll like this:

    http://www.josietheoutlaw.com/

    You’ll want to read “message to police.” FWIW, Vallejo 81 has always been a great group to ordinary riders. They organize events and reach out to the community. I’m genuinely sorry for their troubles.

  24. Viking 1%er Says:

    Atleast a DA in Mass last week stated Adam Halls murder trial was NOT a Hells Angels case and news reports referring to Hall being a ranking member in the Berkshires charter have been in the past tense. A lot of people around here were expecting the pigs to try and make it a club thing although they were all over the lobster bash the charter sponsored after the murders. There wasn’t a face that wasn’t photographed (from multiple angles) or tag that wasn’t recorded and ran and used every excuse imaginable to run IDs.

    L&R to those who give it
    FLE FTG

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