Desperate Men

August 24, 2019

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Desperate Men

The prosecutors in the ongoing trial of eight members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club in Las Vegas are trying to convict the defendants of multiple crimes with the help of an undercover cop named Agostino Brnacato and four desperate men.

Those four are:

Jefferson Dee “Lunchbox” Martin, who was arrested by Department of Homeland Security Agent Matthew Neal in 2015 for selling professional grade fireworks. The part that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive had in Martin’s arrest is fuzzy but that is the agency tasked with fireworks control. The year Martin flipped was the same year Ashley Charles “Charles Falco” Wyatt and George Rowe scurried out from behind the stove waving book, television and movie contracts with their many arms. Martin told federal investigators, on tape, “I will say anything you want me to say.” So far, Martin has been invisible in the case but he will probably testify.

Scott “Gator” Rivera began tape recording his Vago brothers after 52 simultaneous raids served 52 search warrants in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Imperial counties in California in October 2011. California police, acting on behalf of the FBI, ATF and DHS investigators, seized and searched electronic devices found at all the locations. Rivera’s computer held evidence of child exploitation. Rivera may testify against former Vagos president Pastor Palafox.


After being accused of narcotics trafficking, former Vago Angel “Diablo” Ramirez introduced Brancato to the Clark County chapter of the club. Ramirez name came up last week when Brancato was cross examined by defendant Albert Lopez’ attorney Mark Fleming.

Fleming: “He? Who is ‘he?’”

Brancato: “Diablo.”

“Now, ‘he’ is Angel Ramirez?”

“Yes, sir.”

“He’s the…you’re the undercover. He’s the cooperating informant? Right?”

“That’s correct.”

“And you’re both, at this point…you’re posing as a Vagos member; right?”

“Yes, sir.”

“And he is actually a Vagos member but he’s acting in an undercover capacity in combination with you…your team?”

“ An undercover capacity?”

“As an informant.”

“Yes, sir.”

“He didn’t tell the Vagos, ‘Hey, I met this guy Brancato. He’s an ATF agent and I’m going to be wired up for the next six months,’ right? That wasn’t part of what he did? He’s pretending that t”

“Yes, sir….”

“…of the Vagos; correct?”

“That’s correct.”

Jabbers Redux

The fourth former Vago, witness for the prosecution will be Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick.

Rudnick provoked a brawl in John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on September 23, 2011, that resulted in the death of Hells Angel Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew. Rudnick was immediately expelled from the Vagos and turned to federal authorities for help.

Ernesto Manuel “Romeo” Gonzalez, who is a defendant in the current trial, was charged with Pettigrew’s murder and Rudnick became the chief witness against him.

According to Rudnick, Pettigrew’s death was a premeditated hit and that he was only one participant in a criminal plot. He claimed the murder culminated almost two years of friction between the two

Rudnick told a jury that Palafox told 200 Vagos that Pettigrew had to be killed because the Hells Angels were treating Vagos “like bitches.” Rudnick also testified that Gonzalez volunteered to murder Pettigrew at that meeting and that Gonzalez admitted the murder to Rudnick the next day. Rudnick also testified that he did not see the murder because he was hiding behind a bank of slot machines when it occurred.”
Gonzalez was convicted but his conviction was overturned on appeal.

Rudnick recanted his testimony in a affidavit signed on May 17, 2016. But he will tell the same lies a second time in this trial because a stipulation in his plea and sentencing agreement compels him to continue to lie forever or go to prison forever; and also because Martin, Rivera and Ramirez have already stated for the record that there was no conspiracy to murder Pettigrew.


5 Responses to “Desperate Men”

  1. SoCal Says:

    @ Boogers…. You’re right about that but every club has them. You can run the best background check there is but you can never see into the future. There will always be someone to rat & lie to save theirselves. Humans have a way to rationalize in order to self survive. I don’t believe the Rats will be able to win a conviction for the government on this one.

  2. Boogers Says:

    Rats and child molesters… not exactly patching in the best.

  3. xplor Says:

    For the former Vogos riders
    it is just a Quality of life decision. See Nash equilibrium to the prisoner’s dilemma.

  4. Paladin Says:

    @ xplor;

    Sheriff Lee Baca and Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka were such bad cops that Tanaka is in prison and because Baca lost his appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court, he isn’t too far behind. Based on Rebel’s story, there’s plenty of ‘outrageous conduct’ that can be attributed to the misdeeds of Martin, Rameriz, Rudnick, and Rivera, as well as the government.

    Long May You Ride,


  5. xplor Says:

    Outrageous Goverment Conduct

    This is the same ATF that tried to box in Halgat and McCall with manufactured crimes and falsifed reports.

    Agostino Brancato was such a bad cop that Sheriff lee Baca and under-sheriff Paul Tanaka wanted him gone.

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