New York Mongol Set Free

January 31, 2014

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The strange and terrible saga of the New York Mongol is finally over. After forty-one months Robert “Commanche” Santiago is finally free

Santiago was arrested at the conclusion of a 21-month-long undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Its press release name became “Operation On The Road Again.” It might have been the most half assed ATF investigation yet. On the Road’s target was the Pagans Motorcycle Club and it culminated with two federal indictments in two separate federal districts.

Tracy Lahey

The government oversold the case from the start. The public was told that these Pagans had been conspiring to bomb Hells Angels. It wasn’t true. The public was told that the investigation had discovered the secret burial place of a murder victim. That wasn’t true either. Eighteen Pagans and one Mongol were arrested. The one Mongol was Commanche Santiago. At the time of his arrest he was the only Mongol in New York. The worst character among the arrestees was a Pagan named Tracy Lahey. Guess which guy flipped.

“What did you do,” Santiago was asked more than three years ago when The Aging Rebel first started looking at the case.

“We went to a party and they made a federal case out of it,” he answered. “Literally.”

Lahey, for whom one of the two court cases was named, quickly agreed to cooperate. “I get a house. I get a job. I get money. I get a new identity,” Lahey said in one of his rare forays out of Administrative Segregation.


Santiago was offered a sentence of five years in prison in return for pleading guilty to the charges against him. He refused because he knew he as innocent and he is famously stubborn. So he faced up to 40 years in prison instead.

Santiago was a victim of numerous legal maneuverings intended, as is usually the case in federal justice, to prevent justice. The entire, vicious game of federal law is rigged to coerce defendants into unjust plea bargains.

An ATF agent named Robert Grunder summarized the accusation of Santiago like this:

“Robert Santiago, also known as ‘Comanche,’ is a member of another outlaw motorcycle club called the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Club,” the accusation begins, “ and, in or about May 2010, Santiago was the president of the Mongols Upstate New York Chapter. According to the UC, members of the Pagans frequently gathered for meetings and/ or parties, and purchased, used, and distributed narcotics, including, among others, cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines, prescription medications, and marijuana, during those gatherings. The Pagans members sometimes purchased narcotics from the members of other outlaw motorcycle gangs, including the Mongols. During those meetings, the secretary/ treasurer often collected money from other Pagans as their ‘membership dues” a portion of which were transferred to the Mother Club members.”

“Later that afternoon,” Grunder continues, “members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club arrived at Lahey’s residence, and the UC was introduced to “Comanche,” the president of the Mongols Upstate New York Chapter, who was later identified as Robert Santiago.

“Santiago arrived at Lahey’s residence with a woman who was carrying a bag . The woman was identified to the UC as Saniago’s ‘old lady’ (i.e., his girlfriend or wife). The UC also saw Santiago get out of his car carrying an object wrapped in what appeared to be a t-shirt. Santiago walked into the porch area of Lahey’s house and removed a shotgun with a shortened barrel from the t – shirt. Santiago showed Youmans the sawed-off shotgun. Santiago, Youmans, Lahey and the woman accompanying Santiago went into a bedroom in the house and closed the door. A short time later, Youmans and Lahey left the bedroom and Youmans approached the UC. Youmans told the UC that the eight-ball of cocaine would cost $150 and each 1-gram bag of cocaine would cost $50. The UC handed Youmans $250 in cash, and saw Youmans hand that money to Lahey. The UC subsequently observed Lahey hand an amount of cash to Santiago. Approximately 45 minutes later, Youmans asked the UC if Lahey had given the UC the cocaine, and the UC responded that Lahey had not. The UC then saw Youmans speak to Lahey. Within a few minutes, Lahey approached the UC and asked the UC to come to Lahey’s bedroom. As the UC and Lahey entered the bedroom, Santiago walked out of the bedroom. When the UC entered the bedroom, the UC saw a large quantity of a white powdery substance on a table in a bedroom, which, based on the UC’s training and experience, he/she believed to be cocaine. The woman who arrived with Santiago and another woman were seated at the table cutting and packaging the cocaine into small green plastic bags. At or about the same time, Lahey handed the UC four small green plastic bags and two smaller clear plastic bags that each contained a white powdery substance ‘that appeared to be cocaine.’”

Eventually, “After departing Lahey’s residence that evening, the UC gave the remaining bags containing the white powdery substance that he/she had purchased at the Pagans gathering to another ATF agent, who submitted it to a laboratory for testing. According to a report of the laboratory analysis of the substance obtained by the UC the substance tested positive for the presence of cocaine.”

Federal Justice

None of the accusations were true. The audio tape had gaps that indicated editing. There were numerous inconsistencies and anachronism in the ATF Reports of Investigation. Unscrupulous federal policemen and unscrupulous federal prosecutors conspired to round up as many guys as possible and kept them in jail until they confessed to something. Santiago’s case was complicated when a search of a garage behind his home found an unloaded .22 caliber revolver and five rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. Santiago had a previous felony drug conviction and he was charged with “Narcotics Distribution,” the “Possession and Use of Firearms in Furtherance of Narcotics Distribution,” and “Firearms Possession.”

For the next three and a half years Santiago was compelled to wrestle with the system. He challenged the evidence in several hearings and lost on various technicalities. Prosecutors intentionally confused the case and sought numerous delays. The case was so complex and so much of it was sealed that it was virtually impossible to cover. Finally after 41 months, Santiago agreed to plead guilty to a charge of using a telephone to arrange a drug deal in return for a sentence of time served.

After his release Santiago said, “The government does all this just so they have an excuse to take people in. Then they do whatever they can to get you to the point where you have to plead to something. Guys who hear about my case should know that with the feds you’re going to do some time. It’s better to be a man and get sent up and come out with your head high than do what Tracy Lahey did. Lahey made a deal that says he doesn’t get sentenced until after everybody else. Now he’s still locked up and I’m free. All Lahey had to do was keep his mouth shut and he would have been out before us.”



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47 Responses to “New York Mongol Set Free”

  1. Stevo Says:

    At fucken last. So happy for him and his wonderful and loyal ol’ lady, Greeneyez. Enjoy the free air Bro.

  2. Phuquehed Says:

    It’s such a shame he was in the can during all this when he was never tried too. Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’? The fedgov is as useless as tits on a boar hog.

    Good to hear he was the one who had the balls and the backbone to stand up to the fedpigs and basically told them to shove their shit. He needs to go somewhere on vacation now for a week or two and just do nothing but relax on a warm beach and sip on drinks with little umbrella’s in them.

  3. suncity Says:

    Congrats on your freedom enjoy time with your loved ones

  4. slycechyx Says:

    Commanche Santiago, that is one bad ass name.

  5. WARTHOG Says:

    “Guys who hear about my case should know that with the feds you’re going to do some time. It’s better to be a man and get sent up and come out with your head high than do what Tracy Lahey did. Lahey made a deal that says he doesn’t get sentenced until after everybody else. Now he’s still locked up and I’m free. All Lahey had to do was keep his mouth shut and he would have been out before us.”

    Words of wisdom. Congratulations, Comanche, on receiving the best outcome possible.




  6. Tooj Says:

    Serve time then find the crime. Cajones. Big old stones. Congratulations on your release.

  7. Austin Says:

    Welcome Back! Congratulations to the man and his lady on making it through the system. Blessings to you, your families & friends.

  8. Whitepride Says:

    Congrats! I would love to hear more stories like these but unfortunately they usually go in the other direction

  9. jj solari Says:

    re: the “innocent until proven guilty” myth: the notion of presumed innocent until proven guilty is not a part of any law or document or of the vaunted constitution. it is basically a custom regarding a frame of mind of the people in charge, a tradition begun in England a million years ago, that has no basis in edict or declaration. if an american was really presumed innocent he would not be arrested before trial. he would not be incarcerated before trial. he would be presumed innocent. in FACT the arrestee is declared – not presumed, declared – guilty upon arrest. this declaration is made by the arresting officer when the handcuffs go on. “presumed innocent until ‘proven’ ‘guilty’ is a convenient wives tale that is parroted by – on one side, the State side – by people who think its amusing – and parroted by – on the other side – the citizenry, who think it’s true. the American citizenry – being stupid – think a lot of nonsensical things like this are facts when they are in fact fictions. thank you. and thank you for taking my call.

  10. Mike 184 Says:

    Good deal. Looks like they kept throwing shit at the wall and waited to see what stuck. I hate that that man lost so much time, but that is what being “Stand Up” is all about. Congrats on your freedom.

  11. Jim666 Says:

    good deal on your release.

    I hate to see anyone have to go up the road.

    Ya know something jj I have never had the privalege of staying free while waiting on my court date unless of course I paid a shit load of money that Id never get back. or it was a simple speeding tickett.

    fuck the system and its makers.

  12. Slick Says:

    I will say it again, the three piece suit wearers are the real criminals not the three piece patch wearers that get accused falsely. All these efforts the Feds do to go after MCs is more about justifying the Feds existence. Bikers make an easy target the Feds believe and keep the agency in money. Glad this one blew up and the man is free.

    Many Respects


  13. big red Says:

    this shows pagans are recruting big pussys. hate to say but mongols got the right members on board .. big red

  14. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Regarding JJ Solari’s above reply to THIS Topic:
    More Ignorant & One sided BULLSHIT Drivel and Non whimsical nonsense in written prose submitted by a washed up has been with an expired viagra prescription and a fading audience of so-called old school jackasses.
    Dude…..get a grip and take the gaspipe real soon so YOU can save all of US from your myopic drivel and whimsical additions of NON literary BULLSHIT.

    Vince 1%ER

  15. OMERTA!!! Says:

    Mother Fucken Huah Brother, Love and Respect bro from all the Mongol Nation, and living by the code. Glad you are back with you re family and glad to have you back with are brothers! Live Mongol Die Mongol!!!

  16. jj solari Says:

    a cop has two functions in his job description: 1 – to forcibly kidnap strangers and hold them hostage for bail or hold them prisoner in lieu of bail, and to 2 – steal their belongings. Seeing as how this is what they do and that this is all they do – kidnap and steal – why would anyone give any credence to any statements, utterances, versions, or reports they might make about anything? why would word-one out of a fucking cop’s mouth be taken seriously by either god or the devil? and yet “well, according to the police…..” is a sacred remark worthy of rapt and complete attention and a full belief in its truthfulness. fuck me in the ass running.

  17. jj solari Says:

    the homosexual cops would never do this to a parade of muslims or negroes. they wouldnt dare. the press would crucify them.

  18. Blind Tom Says:

    All respect for Commanche. And another reason to say fuck the system. Be safe out there…

  19. Comanche 1%er,SouthSide New York Mongols Says:

    To Agining Rebel.thanx for Big Red,there were 18 other people busted in ” operation on the road”,there are only two cofirmed RATS ,that says my brother Omerta!!!,your name says it all. Thank you,It is a privilge and an honor to be a part of this great nation of ours…Mongols Forever!!!and to all who wish my family and me your best,thanks & right back at cha!and lastly , to all you Feds reading this….GO FUCK YOUR SELVES!!!

  20. Rebel Says:

    Welcome home Comanche. Fuck the police! We do have to get fucking drunk.


  21. DesertH-D Says:

    Comanche 1%er – Congrats, and welcome home, enjoy that family. Very classy posting there. Respects to you.

    Vince 1%er – I don’t know… I think on this thread, jj might be on to something. He’s still out to fucking lunch imo on the Lee thread, but his words make some sense to me here. Still comes across a bit like someone with too many licks of the windowpane, but at least here his percolations seem to have made it through the grounds.

  22. Indethinker Says:

    this is a fucking outrage the fact that the piss ants of “law enforcement” manufacture a case like this yet there are no consequences to their actions shows how far down the line to tyranny we have come !

  23. RtC Says:

    GOOD on ya COMANCHE1%er! AND, FTG
    Met some of your brothers from Nevada when I was at Pawhuska,OK a few
    years ago.Passed a good time & they bought some of my concho’s.
    NEVER MET A 1%er I DIDN’T LIKE! (Well, maybe one.He ain’t with that club
    no more ;) )
    Redwolf the Conchoman

  24. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    @Comanche 1%er –

    Is this 2nd rat’s name already common knowledge?


    Can Dennis Katona’s attorney request all transcripts from Tracy Lahey for review regarding his case in PA? Who determines what may be exculpatory from Lahey? The presiding magistrate (Judge Debra
    Pezza) in PA? There is a money trail to the Pagan’s mother chapter
    I would suspect Lahey gave them everything he could plus what he could fabricate on the Rooster just to stack the deck even more.

  25. Comanche 1%er,Mongols MC South Side New York. Says:

    Rebel,looking forward to it,bro!

  26. Tooj Says:

    “Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without police protection is both. It is as cowardly to betray an offender to justice, even though his offences be against yourself, as it is not to avenge an injury by violence. It is dastardly and contemptible in a wounded man to betray the name of his assailant, because if he recovers, he must naturally expect to take vengeance himself.”

    In short: “If I live, I’ll kill you. If I die, I forgive you.”

  27. Comanche 1%er Mongols MC, Southside NY Says:

    Tooj….Right on! My sentiments exactly. It’s the code that makes 1%ers what we are

  28. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    Tooj reminds me of the time my job was as a driver for a now deceased LCN captain who was in his 80’s and was finally brought down by the Feds and died in Springfield Federal Corrections. If anybody wants me to post his name so they can google it just say so. On the subject of being a rat, he said in his life, not only did you not rat on a fellow wise guy who you might hate, you didn’t rat if that guy even fucked your wife. Furthermore, in a bust or raid, you had to be willing to take the fall for him and do his time if necessary. I said that would be torture for me, I couldn’t do it.
    He said that’s the point – few men could. That’s what separates us from all the others he said. Without that code, the rest can’t exist.

    But the payoff, he said, was not only did your family get taken care of, but you did too. And then, when you got out – you had not only the full permission from the top to handle that piece of unfinished business, you also had at your disposal the backing of the family. And with it the services and assets of as many soldiers as you wanted to get the job done. But only for that job. Then you went back to whatever you were when you went in.

    I admire Comanche 1%er for his conduct – he defends the other guys who are not in his club against big red’s statement. That is what 1%ers do with each other. They don’t trash each others’ clubs in public there is that courtesy – yes there have been personal beefs, but never club generalizations that I can recall. Supporters do all the time, which is why they’re supporters.

    Good post Tooj.

  29. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    Comanche 1%er

    Thank you for the right answer. I think your name is going to become synonymous with “1%er – The Right Way” how it’s done and what it means.

    Comanche brave were the best horsemen ever – my godmother is full Comanche.

    Good name.

    All respects due:

    Dr. S

  30. COMANCHE 1%ER,South Side New York Mongols MC Says:

    Doctor Sardonicus,thank you for the praise,there are still a few of us left.

  31. RtC Says:

    Just read from a friend out in Cali that the entire Club has been
    deemed a criminal organization by the feds & have a trial on March 25.
    Best of luck to the MONGOL NATION in this! The judge has already made up
    his mind that your patches will be gone.Wish I could post the link Bob
    posted, but don’t have a clue as to HOW! It’s in the
    in general news, with heading “US to use trademark law to go after mongols
    RESPECTS to the REAL
    Redwolf the Conchoman

  32. sherides Says:


    Here’s the link to the article you mentioned:

    I hope the Mongols win this case.


  33. Comanche 1%er Mongols MC, Southside N.Y Says:

    SO,the feds are after our patch…SO WHAT!if it werent that it would be somthing else…ITS ALWAYS SOMTHIG!fighting is what defines 1%ers,and put us at the top of the food chain.
    Even if the feds were win this battle(whitch they wont!)the war aint over…we will still be MONGOLS!!!
    Any one who folds when thier patch is threatened dont deserve to wear that patch and wasnt a real patch holder in the first place!you wont find many like that in my Nation!!
    The feds are just using us to substantiate their pay roll.if they win this(and they wont!)they will go after other 1%ers,then other MC’s,and the loopholes they create will help them to make meal tickets out of the Freemasons,the Shriners ,etc where ever and what ever the feds can do to keep them in jobs.
    SO,dont worry about the MONGOL NATION ,we are born fighters…we will always MONGOL ON!!what you need to worry about Is yourselves,’ couse if these fuckin feds DO win…YOUR NEXT!!!

  34. L.A.1%er Says:

    Welcome home Comanche. Its a privlage to call you Brother and you are yet another reason I am proud to be a part of the Mongols MC. Met some New York Brothers a couple of weeks ago when we went out to Colorado and hope to catch you at the next one. Enjoy your freedom my Brother.
    Fast Eddie, L.A. Chapter MFFM

  35. chromedome Says:

    Stand up shit man. Theres alot of pebbles but only a few rocks. Live to ride ride to live.


  36. Tooj Says:

    Yeah, it was easy to find a really good definition guys. It is ancient history and living it is always going to be the acid test.

    Big respect for those of you that hold your mud. Getting harder to find folks that even know what that means.

  37. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    Funny Tooj – I just posted that phrase over on another board about another 1%er who did just that.

  38. Showtime HFFH Says:

    Congrats to Comanche on gaining back your freedom, I wish we heard more stories of these apparent “miscarriages of justice” being thwarted. Enjoy time with your family, you’ve earned it.

  39. FF Says:


    That which didn’t kill you, only made you stronger. It’s good to see we still have a few champions left. You inspire us all.


    Frequent Flyer

  40. Comanche 1%er,Mongols M.C.South Side NY Says:

    Just wanted to up date a bit…today,3/10/14,Sergio ‘Cano’Cueves ,was released from MCC federal detention center in manhattan,in satisfaction of a four year cop out for a ‘telephone’ count.Tracy Lahey is still incarcerated at that same facility in protective custody where he is sill awaiting sentencing.he thought he would be home while we rotted in jail for his shit.the lieing rat basturd!if he can read this i just want to quote a line from scareface…”look at choo now!!!”welcome home Cano.

  41. Paisan 1%er PMC Says:

    Thanks for the respect on mentioning my brother Cano PMC he stood through all this mess just like you. Like you said if everyone would have stayed the course there would have been no convictions. Paisan 1%er PMC

  42. Stanley 1%er MFFM Says:

    Welcome home my Brother! It’s good getting to know you bro! Look forward
    To that day when we meet! Much Love and Respect Brother!

  43. Henry Ramos Says:


  44. boston123 Says:

    Has everybody gotten senticed in the case? I have not been able to find out anything except for the article on roadblock. I am amazed at how long the feds have dragged this on! Hopefully everybody can put this bs behind them and get home soon!

  45. GingerRage Says:

    I see that Tracy was released back in July of this year….any news on that?

  46. bcnasty Says:

    @jj Solari,
    I think you need to read over the 5th,6th and 14 ammedments !

    Comanche, welcome home.

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