The history of outlaw motorcycle gangs is well-documented.
The Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington appeared in San Andreas shortly after World War II. They came to national attention in 1947 when they turned the American Motorcycle Association- (AMA) sponsored Hill Climb into a week-long brawl. Later that same year, thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts attended a run in Riverside, California, which ended in rioting and destruction and two deaths. In 1948, the community of Riverside was, again, inundated by motorcyclists who turned a simple event into a riot. The Riverside police chief blamed visiting outlaws for the violence, thus, originating the term "outlaw."
In the late 1960s, a former AMA president was irritated over the raucous behavior of the outlaw motorcycle gangs and declared that 99 percent of the motorcyclists in the United States were law-abiding citizens. This statement was a public relations effort to demonstrate that only 1 percent of the motorcycling public was involved in criminal activity. Thus, denoting the term "1 percenter"; those who chose to be a part of the outlaw motorcycle gang subculture. The outlaw motorcycle gang members coined this phrase--using it to differentiate themselves from the law-abiding social motorcycling clubs.
In Fontana in 1950, members of the Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington formed a new gang. Taking the name of the World War II bomber, the Hells Angels were born. The "Angels'" mother chapter was located in San Bernardino until the 1960s--when it moved to the Bay Area, San Andreas, and has remained ever since.
In 1959 in Prince George, Maryland, the Pagans were born; and in Chicago, Illinois, that same year, the Outlaws were born.
In 1966, the Bandidos organized in Houston, Texas.
These four gangs--commonly referred to as the "Big Four"--comprise the hierarchy of the outlaw motorcycle gangs operating throughout the United States and in some foreign countries. During the 1950s and 1960s, outlaw motorcycle gangs became a symbol for the younger, rebellious generation. They were more concerned with having a good time than with continuing criminal efforts.
In the late 1960s, these groups spawned imitators; larger groups absorbed smaller groups; and roaming members--called "Nomads"--carried the seeds of the club forming new chapters and gang alliances. Organized structures were formalized, and gang leaders emerged. Though outlaw motorcycle gangs were more than capable of significant criminal activity in the 1960s, they lacked a certain focus. But then came the 1970s. In the 1970s, a drug culture evolved in the country, first as participants and slowly as suppliers, outlaw motorcycle gangs were drawn into this drug culture. Soon, gangs learned that there was money to be made by organized criminal activities. In the 1970s, they became profit-oriented.
Nowadays, outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) are sophisticated groups that use their allegiance to the motorcycle community as a driving force for illicit activity. The nature of their operations is usually conspiratorial, and their aims are accomplished by the use of aggression and coercion. Because of their experience in advanced firearms and their multinational intelligence networks, outlawing motorcycle gangs pose a daunting threat to society in general and to law enforcement in particular.
BANDIDOS - THE BLOODY RISE OF THE FAT MEXICAN
The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, the second-largest OMG, was founded in Texas in 1966 by an ex-marine (Coulthart & McNab, 2008; Bandidos MC Randers, 2011). While some have claimed that the Bandidos were created to exert influence over the markets of prostitution and drugs others have advanced the idea that the Bandidos emulated the Hells Angels in an attempt to outdo them. The Bandidos were named for “the Mexican bandits of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, men who refused to ‘live by anyone’s rules but their own’”. The Bandidos currently have a total of 2,000 to 2,500 members worldwide (NGIC, 2009). In the United States, the Bandidos boast approximately 900 bikers in nearly 90 chapters across 16 states, an unknown amount of which have prior military experience; this OMG also has chapters in 13 different foreign countries. The club’s colors are red and gold, while the symbol is a figure donning a sombrero and holding a sword, while revealingly, the motto of the Bandidos is “Fuck the world. We are the people our parents warned us about”. The leadership of the Bandidos consists of an “El Presidente”, or an international club president that has authority over every chapter.
Independent chapters each have a President, Vice President, Sergeant-at-arms, Road Captain, and a Secretary/Treasurer. Members are expected to abide by certain by-laws, such as not wearing the club patch while riding in a car or truck, and the broad philosophy “All members are your brothers and your family”. They are also required to attend meetings (nicknamed “Church”) four times a month and are penalized if they do not show up. In order to join the Bandidos in the first place, potential members, or prospects, are required to serve the club for a period of at least one year before they are admitted. Once admitted, the Bandidos reportedly engage in a particularly vile initiation process:
"New members were told to put their vest on and then his fellow members would urinate, defecate, and vomit on it. The new member would then put the now moist vest back on, hop on his bike, and go motoring until the vest had dried."
Among law enforcement, the Bandidos are known to move and sell cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine; it is also thought that they utilize “puppet” clubs to assist them with their criminal activities. Additionally, as a testament to the violence of the Bandidos, there is an entire chapter within this OMG, known as the Nomads, that is responsible for disciplining members. Strikingly, the Bandidos are friendly with the Outlaws and at one point, the two almost merged; the Bandidos are said to obtain their drugs from the Outlaws. However, like several other OMGs, the Bandidos consider the Hells Angels enemies alongside a few other MCs that have originated in the San Andreas region, having fueds with some Mongols MC and Vagos MC chapters across the southern part of San Andreas, Los Santos to be more specific, however, there have been cases of old squabbles and quarrels being put behind in order for business to flourish, an example being the Bandidos riding with the Vagos back in 2019.
The Bandidos has been the world's second-largest outlawed motorcycle gang, with 90 current chapters—22 in the United States. Chapters operating in the United States are based in Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; Montana; New Mexico; South Dakota; Texas; Washington; and San Andreas.
The Bandidos vary from the other clubs in that they owe no loyalty to another club—only to those who are the best in a given region at a given time. They are affiliated with the Angels in the West and the Outlaws in the East. The prospects of the Bandidos are expected to visit each and every chapter in their first year of the probationary period. This offers the chapters the chance to get familiar with the possibility of voting in relation to their full membership. This method also makes it more difficult for an undercover detective/s to penetrate the gang.
It seems like the National Officers of the Bandidos have gone back to sporting a bottom rocker to indicate the condition keeping their membership. When Ronald Hodge was the national president, he adjusted the bottom bracket to read in Spanish the title that the national officer held—such as his, "El Presidente" James "Sprochet" Lang is the president. He has returned to sporting the "state" bottom rocker—Texas, where he retains his membership (residency). For some time, the membership of the Bandidos was steadily decreasing; however, recent intelligence information indicates that a concerted recruitment drive is underway. Membership is currently 290 internationally.
Members of the Plainsmen in New Mexico have recently become the newest chapter of the Bandidos. The Bandidos in Texas are being courted by the Brothers Speed in Idaho; the Brothers Speed fear that if they do not gain strength through an association with the Bandidos, the Hells Angels will come in and take over their operations. Recent intelligence reports that the Bandidos are contemplating the idea of opening up a chapter in Arizona; a Jecision welcomed by the Dirty Dozen--Arizona1s strongest, most organized outlaw motorcycle gang. Recently launched intelligence sources suggest that the Bandidos are considering the possibility of opening a chapter in Arizona; a Jecision accepted by the Dirty Twelve—largest, Arizona's most organized, outlawed motorcycle gang.
The Bandidos' membership in the Missoula, Montana, chapter is rising. From Missoula to Billings, Montana, and from there to Gillette, Wyoming; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Denver, Colorado, they tend to be involved in an opioid trafficking pipeline. Nearly every state in the union has experienced organized crime activity perpetrated by outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos being one of the names sticking out the most in the intelligence statistics; to some this might be just digits and names, but in reality, these gangs will do virtually anything to make money and will use whatever force necessary to establish control of an area.
In 2018, the Department of Justice, BOCCI, conducted a review of the San Andreas criminal records of the members of one of the first chapters that was started up in the Bandidos within the state of San Andreas (that being El Corona, which was one of the first STATE mother-chapter). The findings of this analysis found that the 215 members of the Bandidos in San Andreas had been arrested an average of 10.4 times each prior to December 2019. 2,202 charges in all.
The conviction rate was approximately 20 percent.
The members were investigated for petty robbery, arson, and minor narcotic offenses while looking at a sample of the membership—prior to their induction into the Bandidos. The severity of their offenses increased to abuse, firearms charges, and other criminal offenses when they were part of the Bandidos. A very disturbing thought when considering the fact that the Bandidos are the leaders in the outlaw motorcycle gang world; those whom the other outlaw motorcycle gangs pattern themselves after.
Most criminal incidents (50%) were ongoing instrumental enterprises, mostly comprised of the distribution of drugs and weapons. Planned aggressive acts (20%), such as the assault or murder of rival gang members, were roughly tied with spontaneous expressive acts (19%), such as bar fights with rivals or assaulting police officers. Short-term instrumental acts were less commonly observed (10%), and involved acts such as theft, rape, and extortion. Comparatively, the Hells Angels committed the most offenses (46%), followed by the Outlaws (29%), the Bandidos (18%), and the Pagans (7%). Notably, the Hells Angels also had the most ongoing criminal enterprises (26% of all criminal incidents) and planned aggressive acts (11% of all criminal incidents) compared to the other OMGs.
THE MOB ON WHEELS' TIES TO PRISON GANGS
Because of an inbred exchange of white-supremacy ideas—a way of survival, outlaw motorcycle gangs around the country retain a close link with gangs situated within the penitentiaries of San Andreas. In return for drugs, guns, and contract kills on the ground, jail gangs provide security for outlaw motorcycle gangs while in custody.
Aryan Brotherhood (AB) and Mexican Mafia (EME)--two of San Andreas' largest and most vicious prison gangs--are closely aligned with the outlaw motorcycle gangs in San Andreas. Usually, having different OMGs underneath each individual gang. Members of clubs, who come from a southern Hispanic background, that being a Sureno, are forced into paying homage to the Mexican Mafia while being incarcerated. Whereas on the other hand, caucasian white motorcyclists who align themself with an OMG are to stick to the white population of the racially segregated penitentiaries. Each OMG paying a tax to each prison gang, however, there have been situations where some Hispanics (half-whites) were forced to falling into the white inmate population's umbrella of influence to their gang's ties with that certain criminal syndicate, a perfect example being the Vagos MC who usually side with organizations such as PENI, NLR (Nazi Lowriders), High Desert Skinheads (those who are from the Bone County), Santa Maria Skinheads (Skinhead gang from Santa Maria)-- applies to SM chapter only, and the Las Colinas Valley Skinheads (Las Colinas based peckerwood gang)-- where one of the main strongholds for the Vagos OMG was located.
However, there have been cases where OMGs have rebelled against prison gangs, such as the war between the Mongols MC and the Mexican Mafia. In a bid to expand membership, the Mongols recruited street gang members into their gang, including the ex-Surenos, individuals that had been previously involved in street gangs that fell under the Mexican Mafia's sphere of influence, being wrapped around their tentacles of intimidation, fear, taxation and overall brute force when it comes to rebelling, or going "tax-free" usually ending up in a bloodshed caused by the Mexican Mafia's infamous DEATH SQUADS. As tension increased between the two groups, the Mexican Mafia requested payment from the Mongols due to their increasing presence in the drug market; the Mongols refused, and a war erupted, resulting in bloodshed on both sides. The gangs ended up resolving their differences, however, and currently cooperate with respect to drug trafficking-- the Mongols being forced into bending the knee after the massive amount of members being viciously killed.
As of current, it is known that Bandidos unlike many other MCs, have ties to both criminal organizations, having Hispanic members align themselves with the Mexican Mafia, and the white members (most of which have been known for sharing the white supremacist beliefs and White Power ideology amongst each other) align themselves with the Caucasians.