Loren Jay Bingaman, a member of the Brass Knuckle Motorcycle Club and one of seven men arrested on state charges in El Paso on Tuesday, is facing a federal charge of unlawful possession of a machine gun.
Bingaman was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with an underlying charge of Aggravated Robbery on Tuesday. He made bail and was immediately rearrested by United States Marshals Service deputies. He is currently being held without bail. His detention hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, Election Day, November 8 at 9 a.m. before Judge Leon Schydlower. He does not yet have an attorney of record.
According to an affidavit signed and sworn to by Adrian Armendariz, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
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“While conducting the search of the property (Bingaman’s home) , Texas DPS CID (Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division) Special Agent located a box of suspected explosives within the attached garage of the residence. EPPD Bomb Squad conducted a search of the property including a detached storage unit to identify any additional explosives for public safety given that the residence is located in a heavily populated neighborhood.”
“US Army Explosives Ordinance Disposal was called to the residence to examine the suspected devices and determine if they were functional explosives. US Army EOD personnel determined that several of the items found within the property were functional explosives. US Army EOD personnel began a secondary search of the property for additional explosive devices in the interest of public safety. US Army EOD located additional suspected explosives which included one hundred and fifty-one training grenade blasting caps and four military type flares. These blasting caps and flares were identified by US Army 734th EOD. US Army EOD noted that based on his training and experience as an US Army EOD Soldier the training grenade blasting caps and flares were considered an explosive device that can cause bodily injury and are therefore not manufactured for the public.”
“While searching the property for additional explosive devices US Army EOD located multiple firearms in a storage room within the garage. US Army EOD contacted your Affiant and another ATF Special Agent to examine the firearms that he located in the
garage and render them safe. An ATF Special Agent field tested an AK style closed bolt rifle and based on his training and experience determined it to be a machinegun. Shortly thereafter US Army EOD contacted your Affiant and another ATF Special Agent to examine and render safe a second firearm safe that he located on a work bench within the detached storage shed in the backyard of the property. This open bolt firearm was field tested by an ATF Special Agent and was determined based on his training and experience as a machinegun.”
“US Army EOD located fourteen plastic containers containing Potassium Chlorate and Potassium Nitrate within the detached shed. Several of the plastic containers were labeled ‘Military Grade German Blackhead.’ Nine plastic containers were found containing aluminum flakes and several bags were found containing Potassium Nitrate. A suspected machinegun in various states of manufacture and assembly was found in a storage shelf within the shed. Ten grenade hulls were found in a box within the detached shed. The grenade hulls were welded shut on one of the ends. Based on your Affiant’s training and experience given the chemical precursors, blasting caps and the grenade hulls, Bingaman has the ability to manufacture a functional explosive device.”
The affidavit details several bureaucratic records checks that led agents to believe that he was not licensed to possess a machine gun, to possess explosives or to manufacture firearms. Bingaman is not now charged with possession of the alleged bomb precursors.
Officially, Bingaman’s home was raided because the ATF suspected he was somehow involved in the assault of two members of Los Traviezos El Chuco Motorcycle Club outside a casual restaurant in El Paso named Hot Chicks Wing House last August 3. A cellphone was stolen during that alleged assault.
The victims were Gerardo “DJ” Quesada and Edward Delgado.
So far a total of eleven men who are members of either the Bandidos, the Brass Knuckle or the One Motorcycle Clubs gave been arrested and charged with conspiring to assault Quesada and Delgado and steal their cellphone.