The three highest-ranking leaders of a Texas-based outlaw motorcycle organization are in federal custody. The Bandido gang members were arrested on a long list of racketeering, drug and other charges.
The neighborhood on Paula Drive and Jupe Drive in southeast San Antonio woke to chaos surrounding the home authorities raided. FBI and DEA agents all lined the streets as investigators combed through the house.
They were looking for evidence related to John Portillo, 56, who the U.S. Attorney’s Office says is the national vice president of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle organization. The other man arrested is Justin Forster, 31, who the U.S. Attorney’s Office says is the gang’s national sergeant at arms. Both men are from San Antonio.
The gang’s national president, Jeffrey Pike, 60, of Conroe, was also arrested.
Their list of charges is not short: aiding in crimes through racketeering, which include murder, robbery, drug trafficking and extortion, also conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine.
According to that indictment, the Bandidos gang declared it was “at war” with the Cossacks motorcycle gang in 2013.
The raid — the culmination of the 23-month operation — followed the violence and drug activity that stemmed from that so-called “war.”
Neighbors were reluctant to talk to on camera today about the arrests, but say they’ve seen Portillo and Forster at the home.