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.
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 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.