Pike And Portillo Guilty

May 17, 2018

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Pike And Portillo Guilty

The jury didn’t believe Sonny Barger. The jury believed television and a parade of snitches instead.

About 10:45 this morning San Antonio time, after deliberating on three months worth of evidence for two days, on the third anniversary of the Twin Peaks Mass Murder, a jury of eight men and four women found former Bandidos Motorcycle Club national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and former national vice-president John Xavier Portillo guilty of: Racketeering Conpiracy; Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Conspiracy to Commit Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering; Aiding and Abetting Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering; Aiding and Abetting Discharging a Firearm during a Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Murder; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and cocaine; possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine; Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Threats or Violence; and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Under racketeering law, it isn’t necessary for every alleged conspirator to commit each crime in order to be guilty of that crime so, for example, Pike could be found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm even though he was not a felon nor did he illegally possess a firearm,


Among the crimes of the conspiracy the two men were alleged to have led were two old murders.

The indictment reads: “Members of the Bandidos OMO then conspired to murder, and in 2002 did murder, Robert Lara in retaliation for the murder” of “Javier Negrete, a member of the Bandidos OMO.”

The indictment also contained the accusation: “In 2006, Anthony Benesh attempted to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels OMO in Austin, Texas. Members of the Bandidos OMO warned Benesh to cease his activities and recruitment, which Benesh ignored. Members of the Bandidos OMO then conspired to murder, and did murder, Benesh outside an Austin restaurant to protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandidos enterprise.”

It was that last accusation that prompted Hells Angel founder Ralph “Sonny” Barger to testify that Benesh was an imitation Angel. That meant the Bandidos as a club had no reason to murder him. The jury believed Benesh was a real Hells Angel and that was why the Bandidos had him gruesomely killed in public.

Cossack War

Although defense attorneys were forbidden to introduce evidence about what actually happened a the Waco Twin Peaks three years ago, prosecutors were allowed to introduce testimony from an FBI agent who said that Portillo had “declared war” on the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. The agent insinuated that was the reason why 70 Cossacks crashed a Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting, took all the seats and parking places and ambushed a small pack of Bandidos as they rode into the parking lot.

Today’s conviction will ease the prosecutions of 24 recently indicted defendants charged with murder, riot and other crimes in connection with the Twin Peaks.

Pike is 62. Portillo is 58. Portillo has been in custody since he was charged in January 2016. Pike has been free on bail but was taken into custody after the verdict was published.

Pike succeeded George Wegers as national president of the Bandidos in 2005. Portillo became vice-president in 2013.

Portillo will be sentenced in September. Pike will be sentenced in October. Both men face life in prison.

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79 Responses to “Pike And Portillo Guilty”

  1. Paladin Says:

    It would seem that an adult conversation between those that post on Rebel’s page is too much for Gandalf to bare.


  2. Gandalf Says:

    177 people arrested at Twin Peaks… What “stupid shit” did most of them do? What could they have done to stop that? Make no mistake about this… Cassie and Jake changed the Juries opinion of Jake… THE END (“evidence” don’t mean shit… for OR against.)

  3. Paladin Says:

    Another childish outburst from Gandalf, who has announced on a number of prior occasions that he was leaving, never to return.


    Like a bad penny, you keep breaking your word by coming back. As such, you have proven yourself to be nothing more than a liar. If you are truly in a relationship with Paula Carroll Swann as you have claimed in the past, I’m embarrassed for her.


  4. Neuro Says:

    Oh my….

  5. Paladin Says:

    Tommy Jr. Says:
    May 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    “That is a by product of a gullible, worthless, movie watching, no job having jury. Time and time again.”

    What reinforces the mindset of a gullible, worthless, movie watching, no job having jury are events like those that occurred on the Corona Fwy., in Sparks, NV, Laughlin, Nevada, Denver, CO, Waco, and in other locations around the world.

    What contributed to George Wegers’ undoing was his discussing club business over the phone. It also played a significant role in the conviction of Pike and Portillo, as well as countless others over the years. NEVER, EVER discuss club business over any phone.

    One should NEVER meet anyone at a location (hotel, motel, etc.) of their choosing. Meetings should ALWAYS take place at a location of one’s own choosing, always on short notice and never at the same place twice. Doing it this way allows one to control the horizontal and the vertical, and not the other way around. Short notice allows one to have their people already in place, prior to the meet, disallowing the other’s an advantage of any kind. If a proposition seems to be too good to be true, it is. Move along.

    The above may seem overly obvious, but time and time again good people get sent to prison because they fail to take what I consider to be the most rudimentary of precautions when dealing with others.

    Cops study human nature and by nature humans are lazy. Cops count on this fact when setting up on a target. Cops also understand that by nature, humans tend to follow routines. This; cops also count on.

    When I quoted the definition of insanity, I wasn’t inferring that club members were or are insane. I was simply pointing out that if one does the same thing the same way, over and over again, it’s unrealistic to expect a different outcome. And as always, long may you ride.


  6. Freeman Says:

    Justice is lost
    Justice is raped
    Justice is done

    Pulling your strings
    Justice is done

    Seeking no truth
    Winning is all
    Find it so grim
    So true, so real!

    Any questions?

  7. Gandalf Says:

    Paladin…. always missing the obvious. That being, it’s NOT what you do or didn’t do… but who you are. ANYONE can be had at any time. P&P were “chosen” and all the advice Paladin can dream up wouldn’t have stopped what happened. Only changing Public Opinion (and/or the Juries opinion) can stop these things. Paladins advice, “stupid shit”… is exactly that… stupid shit.

  8. Gandalf Says:

    LOL… @Paladin; Dam your smart. Except that… you never stood in front of a Jury, Never walked the yard… Never been Interrogated and threatened. But Hey, I’m sure you would do the right thing. (Not) Internet advisor extraordinaire. LOL You are as “suspect” as they come. Seems to me “stupid shit” is your stock on this blog… Long may you type.
    BTW: The “real” might post… but regret it. The “real” are not regulars on ANY blog.

  9. Filburt Says:

    “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

  10. Tommy Jr. Says:


    Fair enough.. and respect to you for the cordial response. My apologies for taking you the wrong way.

    For the record, i too think it is bullshit that a club P can be held responsible for every members actions. And it is a bummer to think that if a guy has enough sand that he can make P, that it will likely be in vein and he could very well end up doing time by proxy. But that is not a by product of insanity via club members. That is a by product of a gullible, worthless, movie watching, no job having jury. Time and time again.

    I can tell from the outside-in that those romo mf’ers were trying to put on a story and save themselves from doing a 30 piece. My question is, why couldnt a jury who is also looking from the outside-in come to the same no brainer conclusion?
    Jurors are the only people out there who can stop RICO in its tracks. If more juries refused to convict on bullshit guilt by association clauses, then prosecutors would eventually be trained to know that those kind of charges wont work in the future.

  11. david Says:

    Due to massive prosecutorial mis-conduct, perjured testimony by “witnesses” and the general circus atmosphere, not surprised by the verdict.

    The burning question is, how many jurors were gov. police-state shills and/or lackeys?

  12. Paladin Says:

    Tommy Jr. Says:
    May 20, 2018 at 10:13 am

    “What gives here man? It seems that you all of a sudden have become a Bandit hater.”

    Quite to the contrary. I don’t hate the Bandits or any other legitimate club. In the fifty plus years that I’ve been on two wheels, I’ve seen far too many good men go to prison because they continue to act in ways that make them vulnerable to those that would send them to prison.

    I’m not trying to tell any club how they should run their affairs, nor am I Monday morning quarterbacking what lead to Pike and Portillo’s guilty verdicts. However; I am pointing out a commonality of habitually repeated actions that make clubs and their members more vulnerable to RICO prosecutions.

    I don’t believe (as you’ve mentioned) that doing time has to necessarily come with the territory. As has been said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The government is a spider. If one can’t learn to operate within the open spaces of its web, one will be trapped and eaten.


  13. Tommy Jr. Says:


    From the looks of things, every one of the names you mention (with the exception of Lara) were guys they DID remove from the club prior to any legal ramifications from those individuals actions. Either that or they quit the club then ratted out of spite, or they turned rat while still in due to being arrested and facing other charges and scared to do time for it.
    How would you propose out smarting those circumstances where you all of a sudden find out that a guy is a snitch? Killing the defectors? Yourself? Because if you had other members handle that kind of business, then your simply running the risk of more and more potential snitches.

    And in regards to your booting members with no alleged self control. Yeah, if you have a hothead thats always stirring up random dumb shit on a whim. But what about a guy who is simply quick to handle his business no matter who is looking? Does that guy not have self control as well because he wont allow himself or the patch to be dissed?
    its an outlaw club.. you cant go acting like a scared to do time bitch and removing every member who does outlaw shit because your afraid you might do a little time over it. Because then youd have no respect as an outlaw leader.
    Every single president of the Bandits has done time at some point. As have just about every 1% club president. It would seem that doing time comes with the territory.

    Per your standard, or citations of intelligence rather, you would have us all believe that you could run a 1% club better than any 1% club president before. Is that the case?
    Has your club been around longer than the Bandidos? Would you be interested in schooling Bandits on how you think it should be done? If so, then reach out to them? No point in telling us how you think they should run the club. Because how your going about it doesnt seem like anything other than monday morning quarterbacking.

    I have read many of your posts in the past, and you have seemed solid. What gives here man? It seems that you all of a sudden have become a Bandit hater.

  14. Paladin Says:

    @ Neuro;

    When members of a club truly put the interests of their Brothers and their club ahead of their own, you then have a club that’s next to impossible to penetrate and fuck with. And as always, long may you ride.


  15. Paladin Says:

    @ Neuro;

    Yes; I meant Merla.


  16. Neuro Says:

    I think you mean Merla. He copped a plea to killing Lara in retribution for the murder of member Javier Negrette outside the poolhall. We all get your point. The big mistake was having so many ratters like Raul Puente and Johnny Romo both wearing wires, and then Justin Forster , National Sergeant at Arms telling all. That’s how the Beneash shooters were caught, he told, but Johnny Romo was already wearing the wire and his handlers never knew about the pizza killing until Justin told. Just way too many guys informing in return for reduced sentences. It’s hard to believe the jury didn’t care at all that these guys were testifying for shortened terms. I would discount all their testimony knowing that. It’s a no brainer.

  17. Paladin Says:

    @ Tommy Jr.;

    Having the likes of Lara and the Romo’s in in a club is doing stupid shit. Having members in a club that have no self control is doing stupid shit. Discussing any type of club business on a phone (cell or otherwise) is doing stupid shit. Not considering the benefits of having autonomous club charters is doing stupid shit. Allowing members to remain in good standing whose personal endeavors jeopardize the safety of the club and its members is doing stupid shit. Not grasping and properly dealing with the fact that the government is working full time to shut down clubs and lock away its members is doing stupid shit.

    Long May You Ride,


  18. Filburt Says:

    @Tommy Jr.

  19. Johnny Rotten Says:

    id like the prostatecutors e mail so i can send em this…
    im sure they have a lifetime supply already…


    man , i hope the appeals are swift and the backlash ruins the norm some of these fucks enjoy in their retribution both here and every other joke of a fucking case

    respects to those deserving


  20. freebird Says:

    @ Tommy Jr

    Could not agree more…..

    The fucking feds had nothing….. except those who would sell their soul in an attempt to save themselves.

  21. Tommy Jr. Says:

    To those of you implying that P&P were somehow “stupid” or “not smart” as the culprit to their convictions, did you miss the part where they were convicted via RICO? Nothing they could have done to prevent the convictions in this bullshit case against them.
    They were convicted simply because they were prez, and SA. Via bullshut RICO statutes.
    It would appear that big government in this case did nothing more than say “the defendants were president and SA, and they are guilty of every members actions.” Which is bullshit!

    And, there is no amount of “intelligence” or “smarts” that can make someone have total control over every members actions. I dont care how smart you think you are, you cant “control” that many free willed people. And it also doesnt matter how intimidating of a leader you think you might be if there are a handful of your underlings who may or may not be dope fucked and not in their right mind at all times.

    So in regards to the “get smarter” argument to prevent convictions, it holds no ground in this case.
    If you are the iron fist type, and only have 20 or so in your club, then maybe you can keep things in check and over see every move. And thats only if all your 20 members feared and respected your position, or werent dope fucked, etc. But 2,000 or more members? Who all have problems of their own to deal with? And who may or may not be in their right mind? No fucking way. I dont care who you are or how smart you are.

    What happened here is the exact equivalent to the the president of the united states being held accountable for every single serviceman’s actions (good or bad) while under his command. Its total bullshit.

  22. John Lammons Says:

    convicted of felonious stupidity

  23. Freebird Says:

    Having a hard time ignoring the elephant in the room…… No man IMO could take that many stab wounds in the back and continue to stand.

  24. Freebird Says:

    Reading the media news reports most are now showing pictures from Waco as if P&P were there. The big lie is in full swing…..

  25. Paula Carroll Swann Says:

    They have been convicted on PERJURY. The federal agent committed perjury in on the April 2015 of said 200 Bandidos rolled into Odessa to attack the Cossacks. It is well documented that it was only 3 from a New Mexico chapter.
    In addition to the Cossacks had their rally in Goldsmith north of Odessa and it was held in August, they had the last one in 2013 because it was to hot.
    The Austin police officer also committed perjury in saying he stopped for lunch and heard the shot. For one it was after 7:pm and every eye witness who gave a statement said they didn’t hear any gun shots. They never found the bullet.
    Of course we know that the other’s committed perjury for the DA in reducing of their real crimes. I think someone should run the Cossack Lady cried to see if she was even in Port Aransas August 2015. Someone claiming to take a shirt off someone as pay back for a murder. I am not buying that.

  26. Paula Carroll Swann Says:

    Their being convinced over perjury. The federal agent committed perjury in this case of saying 200 Bandido’s went after the Cossack’s in Odessa, it is fully documented that only 3 from a New Mexico chapter was pulled over in April 2015. In addition to that the Cossack’s club house was in Goldsmith just north of Odessa and they held their rally there in August. However they quit having that back in 2013 because it was to hot.
    As why wasn’t the lead Detective Rodriguez who worked the 2006 murder called to the stand? The Austin officer also committed perjury , said that he had stopped for lunch and that he heard the shot. 1rst off it was 7:pm and every eyewitness that gave statements said they didn’t hear any gun shots or even knew where the shot came from. Not to mention the fact that they never found the bullet.

  27. MtPockets Says:

    I can’t speak to many of the charges, but of Beneshs’ murder I’d like to ask if there has ever been a proven case of a MC dealing with an adversary by shooting him from a distance with a sniper rifle? It doesn’t fit the MCs image of in-your-face confrontations.
    Unfortunately, this case appears to be another one where the jurors are too lazy to look at what the state is trying to pass as facts.
    Another question I have is in regard to the idea that any member of a group can be charged with something that another member may be guilty of- has that particular aspect of the RICO statutes ever been directly challenged to the Supreme Court? To my uneducated mind, that flies directly in the face of the First Amendment.

  28. Paladin Says:

    RIDER 1 Says:
    May 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    “Unfortunately, the only true fix for the problem is that the American public must wake the hell up and stop drinking the Govt. kool aid!”

    If human nature has taught us anything, it has taught us that humans are habitually lazy and that it’s much easier for one to drink the Kool-Aid than it is for one to think for oneself.

    If one removes oneself from the government’s mix, one doesn’t become part of the government’s Kool-Aid. How does one achieve such a lofty goal? It’s simple; don’t do stupid shit. If one must do “shit”, don’t be stupid about it. If one is terminally stupid, one shouldn’t do “shit”. If one is not sure whether or not they’re stupid, they should ask their friends. They should not ask their stupid friends.

    Long May You Ride,


  29. Troll Says:


    TROLL 1%

  30. RIDER 1 Says:

    @ TX_Biker, I agree that independent charters would be a good direction to go in for most clubs and probably will happen in the future. My distrust of the Govt. tells me that this will not stop them from trying to sell jurors that while the charters are “independent” they still answer to and are directed by a National charter, chapter or board. The goal is to cause disruption by consistently eliminating the leadership and creating financial hardships. Unfortunately, the only true fix for the problem is that the American public must wake the hell up and stop drinking the Govt. kool aid! On the bright side, I do believe this will happen one day but not in the immediate future.

    @Eddie, The only intelligent thing you said was,”Karma is a Bitch”. Yes it is and one day you will get yours.

    RIDER 1

  31. Snow Says:

    Hey eddie
    Go fuck yourself asshole.
    Life’s a bitch and so are you.
    FTF. FTP.

  32. James W Crawford Says:

    Now when are the Feds going to prosecute the leadership of Greek immigrant organizations whose members commit school massacres?

  33. TX_Biker Says:

    @Rider 1 Yeah this is bad for all MC’s. But if we are to take anything from this it is that central leadership will always bear the brunt of these investigations. So why not take a page from the Hells Angels book and just have independent charters? Each charter is then responsible for their own actions not the club as a whole. probably the way things will go in the future.

  34. Gandalf Says:

    I truly thought they would be found not Guilty. It’s a sad day for USA Justice. I have always believed Jeff Pike’s Cossack strategy was to NOT stomp them… to wait for an obvious self defense situation and be ready. IMHO after Twin Peaks the Feds knew they were outsmarted by Mr. Pike and that’s the real reason why they brought that BS case. Had Twin Peaks never happened I suspect the Feds would not have brought this case. Public Opinion + the wire tap were both directly related to TPs… and hurt. I don’t know the man but I believe JP is the best of men. To be imprisoned for NOT attacking people who deserved to be stomped is what our country has become. So sad. IMHO a Cambridge Anlytica (type thing) for picking Juries (influencing the minds of the jury pool) and a army of Trolls on Social media is the only defense against these Feds and Media outlets. You must fight fire with fire.

  35. Mark Says:

    A few points that have me thinking that are way over the top in this travesty of justice. First point is, this trial was one of the most secret trials I’ve ever tried to follow. I always thought trials were to be conduct in public so the citizens could keep an eye on the government’s doing to ensure fairness. Something the media refuses to do but parroted the government’s talking points. An eco chamber, not news. I believe the lawyers need to file immediately for the release of the defendants due to the government’s lawyers misconduct by putting on lies as facts. Benesh wasnot with 81 whatsoever, show some pictures of him with his “Brothers” all in their cuts having a good Brotherly time. Total and complete misconduct on the government’s side. When Sonny testified the government was demanded to show proof that Benesh was a member with 81 and should have produced pictures to Sonny. Trials are by all intent to be fair and honest and not throw out full on BS and when called on that BS. Sit and say nothing but keep the BS going in hopes of pulling off a fast one. If the government’s attorneys lied about Benesh being a member of 81, what else did they lie about. This case needs to be tossed and emergency filings need to happen immediately. Even after the trial ended the Fake News was still saying that Benesh was a member of 81 and starting a chapter in Austin. All full on BS, every word of it.

  36. Hero Says:

    The government will use this against the other 3 MC’s with Rico cases. They are trying to send a message and today they were successful. If you are in MC leadership they are going to take your freedom permanently. With out leadership there is no MC. Well the motorcycle community has a message to. Suck it, appeals are a B!!!! Hope these guys are able to raise the funds for a solid appeal. My Respects.

  37. Iron Rider Says:

    Ah fuck. Some people may see this as this MC versus that MC, but The Feds are out to get Every 1% MC. Make no mistake about it, this will be used as another stepping stone, another case to point to so they can say “got these guys” Who should we do next”

    This is bad for everyone in the MC world, this will just embolden the Feds to keep on getting funds to try and get who they can when they can and where they can.

  38. AZ MC Supporter Says:

    This country is not the people’s anymore… That’s sad and scary. I feel terrible for these men’s friends, family and club brothers.

  39. eddie Says:

    They got what they deserved. Karma is a bitch.

  40. Paladin Says:

    I’m disappointed by the verdict, but I’m certainly not surprised. As I’ve posted on another page in Rebel’s blog, it would be much easier for MCs, their members and bikers in general to become smarter than it would be for jurors to become less gullible.


  41. Hangaround Says:

    As Rider1 says

    “Two very important lessons learned from all of this:
    1. Don’t say shit on the phone!”

    Once again, what might have been casual conversation was recorded and made “club business”

  42. RIDER 1 Says:

    A very sad day but I believe a sign of things to come. All American 1%ER’s took a heavy hit today. The Govt. has shown that when they decide it is your time, they will make it your time. Unfortunately, the practice of throwing shit at a wall to see what sticks, worked in this case and will continue to be used in the future. It really is scary to think that you can be found guilty for what associates of yours do without your knowledge. A goal of the Govt. seems to be to destroy clubs by taking out the leadership. Every past President of the Bandidos has been targeted and I don’t see anything changing in the future.

    Two very important lessons learned from all of this:
    1. Don’t say shit on the phone!
    2. KNOW who the fuck you let in your club and continue to watch them!

    RIDER 1

  43. Motocyclerider Says:

    ALL 13 counts ? Unbelievable. Hopefully appeal resources are available. Sept/Oct sentencing ?
    Can you believe that under “Racketeering” guidelines a man who has no prior felonies and no arrest for
    illegal firearm possession, MAY be indicted-convicted-sentenced for Felon in possession of firearm if their co-defendant had prior(s) and WAS charged ? WTF ?
    Below is a llink that has given ‘free access’ to SA News. Ride Safe.
    Thank you Mr Rebel for what you do, invaluable.

  44. Snow Says:

    God damn that POS scam of justice
    FTF, FTP

  45. Neuro Says:

    That’s just wrong. Very sorry for the Bandidos MC.

  46. Desdicado Says:

    Another nail in the coffin of Truth and Justice in America.

  47. Lunchbox Says:

    That sucks! They got hosed! Can they appeal?

  48. Freebird Says:

    So the TX-AG is also guilty by association with everything Reyna has done? This is not a one way street….

  49. TX_Biker Says:


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