Bandidos MC National President and Vice President Convicted

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Photo Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Jeff Pike, former National President of the Bandidos MC

A San Antonio jury returned guilty verdicts on federal racketeering charges, assault, murder, and federal drug trafficking charges on Jeffrey Pike, the Bandidos National President and Xavier Portillo, the National Vice President.

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Federal prosecutors presented evidence that Pike and Portillo ordered Bandidos members to murder Anthony Benesh, who was trying to start a chapter of the Hell’s Angels in Austin. Benesh was killed by a single shot sniper style while he was outside a pizza restaurant with his two children.

Prosecutors also argued that Portillo killed Robert Lara in January 2002 as revenge for the killing of Bandidos member Javier Negrete.

Trial testimony also included that Portillo was part of a meth and cocaine drug ring along with the Texas Mexican Mafia. As such, prosecutors are now proceeding with forfeiture proceedings on Portillo’s home.

Prosecutors have also argued that it was Pike that ordered an attack on the Cossacks MC regarding the Twin Peaks Waco shootout which left nine dead.

Convictions

Pike and Portillo were convicted of the following:

  • conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute;
  • violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR)–murder;
  • conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering
  • one count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon;
  • aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon;
  • discharging a firearm during a violent crime;
  • interference with commerce by extortion.

Portillo was also convicted of the following:

  • violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR)–murder;
  • discharging a firearm during a crime of violence;
  • conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine;
  • possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and, (count 13) felon in possession of a firearm.

Sentencing is scheduled for Pike on October 1 and September 24 for Portillo.

Pike and Portillo face up to life in federal prison. Portillo will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24 and Pike on Oct. 1.

Bandidos Honored for Motorcycle Awareness Month

And just after Pike’s and Portillo’s conviction, in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, Dave Mann, a city councilman, resigned when the Bandidos were honored for May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

“It is a sad day when city officials invite violent criminal street gangs into our city who thrive on selling heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and other narcotics and promote prostitution, human trafficking, gun trafficking, murder and other criminal activities,” stated a letter from Mann which he read prior to May 8, 2018’s council meeting. “I cannot be a part of a council who openly honors criminals and their illicit activities. Council members are sworn to protect our citizens!”- Dave Mann

MC Atty

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