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It was 1965, headed back to the U.S.A from an annual trip to the bullfights in Sonora, Mexico, Don Chambers and his friends stopped at a local Cantina. When they entered, a patron asked the waitress, "Who are those guys?" The waitress answered, "That's DC and his American Bandidos" - hence the name. In March of 1966 THE BANDIDOS MOTORCYCLE CLUB was born. The Houston Chapter or Mother Chapter was soon followed by the Southwest Houston Chapter. A year later, riding back from that annual trip as full patch Bandidos, a problem occurred with the Federales in Mexico and a Bandido "Sunshine" was killed. He was the first Bandido killed and that was the last time the Bandidos went to Mexico. With hundreds of chapters across THE USA, Central and South America, and thousands of members with a worldwide following, the Bandido Nation is strong and thriving.

In the years that followed, the Bandidos MC spread world-wide to more that 80 countries, but as time wore on, differences of opinion between the United States, Europe and Australia about the club values and definitions, prompted changes to be made.

It was discussed at the annual Chapter Presidents Meeting in February 2006, there it was decided by 100 vote to set Europe, Asia, free to follow their own path. On July 17th, 2007, the club was split. Though we share a common name and a similar patch, we are no longer associated with the Bandidos MC in Europe, Asia and Australia. Leaving us to get back to our roots, embodying the true meaning of Motorcyclism.

Today the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is the largest 1% club in the Western Hemisphere, with 1100 members in Northers, Central and South American Countries.

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Bandidos: 5 things to know about second-most dangerous motorcycle gang


A brawl between rival outlaw gangs Bandidos and Cossacks in Waco, Texas, ended with nine people dead, 18 others injured and 170 people arrested.

The situation has cast a spotlight on outlaw gang culture in the U.S. and its impact on society.

Of the two gangs, the Bandidos are considered the most dangerous. Here's what you need to know:

1. Who are the Bandidos?

The gang was started in San Leon, Texas, in 1966. It's one of the largest outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States, with about 900 members and 93 chapters, according to the FBI. The Bandidos has a membership of 2,000 to 2,500 people in the U.S. and in 13 other countries, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

2. How dangerous are they?

A state gang threat assessment released last year by the Texas Department of Public Safety ranked the Bandidos as a "Tier 2" gang — or the second-most dangerous classification — alongside the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Partido Revolucionario Mexicano (PRM). The most dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang in the U.S. is considered the Hells Angels from California.

3. What criminal activities are the gang involved in?

The Bandidos are involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana, and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine, according to the DOJ.

4. Where are they most prominent?

According to the DOJ, the Bandidos are most active in the Pacific, Southeastern, Southwestern and the West Central regions of the U.S. The Bandidos are growing in each of these regions.

5. Who founded the gang?

According to gang legend, Donald Chambers, then 36, started the Bandidos. . He was working on the ship docks in Houston, according to a 2007 profile of the Bandidos by Skip Hollandsworth. The Bandidos MC Sweden website says Chambers was a war vet from Vietnam. Chambers felt disenfranchised by the treatment of troops back from the war.

"The members of the Brotherhood wanted respect, recognition and freedom for their actions. The laws of society had denied exactly these points. As club colors, the colors of the U.S. Marine Corps were selected: Red & Gold," the website says.

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Check Out These Interesting Facts About The Bandidos Motorcycle Club

American culture has led to characters that embody the bad-boy attitude – like Jax, the outlaw biker star of the TV show "Sons of Anarchy." Motorcyclist organizations, especially the AMA, fight back against bad reputation. Their statements, however, have been overshadowed by a story: that one of the AMA representatives said that 99% of motorcycle clubs were good. This gave rise to 1% clubs, a term referring to criminal motorcycle gangs. If 99% were law-abiding motorcyclists, outlaw gang members were criminals, and proudly so.

One note on terminology: originally, outlaws were motorcycle clubs unrecognized by the AMA. But nowadays, outlaws and 1% clubs are synonyms. Outlaw motorcycle clubs often engage in the same kind of activities as other syndicates: weapons, drugs, theft. But even though many law-abiding motorcycle clubs think of outlaws as criminals, members themselves see them as fraternal societies. Check out these flattering facts about the Bandidos motorcycle club.

15 In The 70s, Many Vietnam War Veterans Were Club Members

36-year-old dockworker Donald Eugene Chambers founded the Bandidos in 1966. He named the club after Mexican bandits who followed their own set of rules. By the early '70s, the Bandidos had over 100 members, many of them were Vietnam War veterans. The club motto is "We are the people our parents warned us about."

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14 Its Members Are Staunchly Loyal To The Club

The Bandidos club members are very patriotic and loyal to the club. They are known to be protective of their women, and fond of having fun and engaging in different (often illegal) activities. They are a curiously dichotomous but unique blend of liberalism and conservatism. They also support gun rights.

13 The Bandidos Has Spread To More Than 100 Chapters

The Bandidos "has spread to more than 100 chapters in the United States, and international chapters in Germany, Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, Indoensia, Singapore, Costa Rica and Belgium. There are more than 1,000 members in the United States. Its patch is a man in sombrero with a machete and pistol."

12 They Have Many Support Clubs

Like many other outlaw gangs, the Bandidos have support clubs. Most of these clubs are regional. They wear reverse colors (not the Bandidos' red-and-gold background but a gold border with the red background). They also have unique patches in Bandidos colors. The most famous patch is known as the Heart Patch.

11 They Are Involved In Charity Work

Around the world, the Bandidos are involved in charity work. They often hold fundraising rallies for different causes and provide rides for children. Some members have even been seen helping elderly to cross the street. They also have an unmatched love for the gasoline smell and the sound of screaming metal.

10 Undercover Operations Led To Arrests Of Many Members

In 2005, police used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to make mass Bandidos arrests. This act was designed to bring down Mafia in the 70. The Feds considered the gang a criminal enterprise that used violence and threats against other clubs. Undercover operations led to arrests of a hundred of members.

9 Their Main Rival Is The Hell's Angels

The Bandidos main rival has always been the Hell's Angels. Steve Cook, Kansas City-area police officer, said that "the gang shootout parallels previous fights between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels, one of the world’s largest biker gangs. The feud started because the Cossacks, backed by the Angels, challenged the Bandidos for control of Texas."

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About America’s Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs

8 18 Members Were Charged With Drug Possession In 2006

In 2006, Glenn Merritt, one of the Bandidos members, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for drug possession and selling. 32 members were involved in the police investigation, and charges included witness tampering, conspiracy, and gun and drug violations. 18 members were pleaded guilty. Glenn Merritt also received 3 years of supervised release.

7 Many Members Work Regular Jobs

Most Bandidos members work regular jobs. Even though these are often related to the automotive trade or motorcycling, gang members are represented among accountants, lawyers, doctors, firefighters and veterinary surgeons. The club undertakes commerce and trade, including courier services, export and import, security work, and searching for hard to find items.

6 They Are A Tier 2 Threat In Texas

According to Texas authorities, "Tier 1 gangs like the Tango Blast pose the greatest threat to Texas due to ties with Mexican cartels, large membership numbers and organizational effectiveness. The Bandidos are the Tier 2 motorcycle gang. Other Tier 2 gangs include the Bloods, the Crips and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas."

5 They Were Involved In The Great Nordic Biker War

From 1994 to 1997, the Bandidos and the Hells Angels were involved in a war that has been known as the Great Nordic Biker War. This war resulted in 74 attempted murders and 11 murders, with almost 100 people wounded. The war included car bombs, gun fights and even one anti-tank missile.

RELATED: Check Out These Rare Photos Of The Hells Angels Out And About

4 One Of The Members Was Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison

In 2004, the police found Robert Quiroga, International Boxing Federation Super flyweight champion, lying next to his car. Richard Merla, a member of the Bandidos, was arrested and said "I don't regret it. I don't have no remorse. I don't feel sorry for him and his family. I don't, and I mean that."

3 Members Have A Patch Of The Number 13 On The Alphabet

Club members are often seen wearing a patch of the number 13 on the alphabet. M is the 13th letter, and they say it means "motorcycles". Police has a different explanation. Authorities believe it means Meth or Murder. Club members also wear "1%" patches to remind everyone that they are outlaws.

2 The Bandidos President Was Accused Of Ordering Hits

In 2006, an internal gang cleansing led to the largest mass killing in Ontario, Canada. Eight men were shot and left in cars that were abandoned southwestern Ontario. Six gang members were convicted in the killings. Jeff Pike, The Bandidos former international president, was accused of ordering the murders but wasn't charged.

1 Members Attend Quarterly Meetings Of The Confederation of Clubs

The Bandidos members attend quarterly meetings of the Confederation of Clubs that has been established almost 30 years ago. As a result of a brawl, 3 members of the Bandidos - national vice president John Portillo, national president Jeffrey Ray Pike, and sergeant-at-arms Justin Cole Forster – were taken into custody in 2015.

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FoundedMarch 4, 1966; 55 years ago (1966-03-04)[1]
Founded byDonald Chambers[1]
Founding locationSan Leon, Texas, United States[1]
Years active1966–present
Territory303 chapters in 22 countries[2]
Membership (est.)2,000–2,500[3]
Criminal activitiesRacketeering, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, assault, extortion, money laundering, murder, loan sharking, prostitution, contract killing, trafficking in stolen goods, motor vehicle theft, and counterfeiting[4]
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The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is classified as a motorcycle gang by law enforcement and intelligence agencies in numerous countries. While the club has denied being a criminal organization, Bandidos members have been convicted of partaking in criminal enterprises including theft, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking and murder in various host nations.[25][26]

Australia[edit]

The Bandidos are considered an outlaw motorcycle gang by the Australian Federal Police.[27] Numerous police investigations have targeted Bandidos members, and implicated them in illegal drugs supply and other crimes.[28][29][30] Australia's first Bandidos chapter was formed in Sydney in August 1983.[31] The club has around four-hundred members and forty-five chapters in the country, and has recruited members of various ethnic backgrounds.[32] The Australian Bandidos are allied with the Diablos,[6]Mobshitters[7] and Rock Machine,[9] while their rivals include the Comancheros,[7]Finks,[14]Gypsy Jokers,[16]Hells Angels,[7]Mongols,[7]Notorious,[20]Rebels[7] and Red Devils.[21]

New South Wales[edit]

War with the Comanchero MC[edit]

The Bandidos' first international chapter was founded in Sydney by eleven disillusioned former members of the Comancheros. In 1983, Comancheros founder and president William George "Jock" Ross was allegedly caught in a compromising position with another club member's wife, a serious breach of club rules. Facing expulsion from the club, Ross refused to face any disciplinary action and instead announced that the Comancheros would be split into two chapters; those who supported bringing charges against Ross remained at the Birchgrove clubhouse while Ross and the remaining Comancheros set up a new clubhouse in Harris Park. Fighting between the two chapters prompted the Birchgrove chapter to break away and form a new club. Chapter president Anthony Mark "Snodgrass" Spencer, who had previously encountered the Bandidos' Albuquerque, New Mexico chapter during a visit to the United States, contacted their national president Ronnie Hodge and eventually received approval to form the first Australian Bandidos chapter and become its national president. Violence between the Bandidos and Comancheros continued until August 1984 when the two rival clubs formally declared war. Police believe the war began over turf, or drugs, or a combination of both.[33]

Milperra massacre[edit]

Main article: Milperra massacre

On 2 September 1984, thirty-four Bandidos members and nineteen members of the Comancheros engaged in a shoot-out at a hotel in Milperra. The gun battle, which has come to be known as the Milperra massacre, left seven dead; Bandidos members Mario "Chopper" Cianter and Gregory "Shadow" Campbell, Comancheros members Robert "Foggy" Lane, Phillip "Leroy" Jeschke, Ivan "Sparra" Romcek and Tony "Dog" McCoy, as well as Leanne Walters, a fourteen-year-old innocent bystander who was shot in the face with a stray bullet. Twenty-eight people were also wounded.[34] The resulting court case following the massacre was at the time one of the largest in Australian history. Five Comancheros bikies were given life sentences for murder while sixteen Bandidos received sentences of seven years for manslaughter. Bandidos national president Anthony "Snodgrass" Spencer hanged himself in prison on 28 April 1985 before he could stand trial.[35]

Conflict with the Gypsy Joker MC[edit]

On 30 January 2000, Bandidos member Paul Andrew Bobos was wounded after being shot in the chest with a Smith & Wesson revolver as he travelled to work on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Mourquong. Three men associated with the Adelaide, South Australia chapter of the Gypsy Jokers – Robert Cameron, William James Fuller and David Shannon – were charged with Bobos' shooting. Prosecutors alleged Fuller was a nominee for Gypsy Joker membership, and had shot Bobos as part of his initiation.[36] In November 2000, Shannon was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to firearms offences. Bobos died in an unrelated incident on 24 September 2000.[37]

A feud between the Bandidos and the Gypsy Jokers in the Hunter Valley began with several bashings before the home of a Bandidos member in Abermain was strafed in a drive-by shooting and a tattoo parlour owned by the club's Kurri Kurri chapter president Rodney Leslie "Pardo" Partington was firebombed in February 2001.[16] On 24 March 2001, Partington was killed when a homemade bomb exploded in his hands outside the Gypsy Jokers' Weston clubhouse.[38]

Hitjob against Sean Waygood and his retaliation[edit]

Bandidos members Felix "Big F" Lyle and his son Dallas Fitzgerald were targeted in a shooting at a pub in Haymarket carried out by Sean Lawrence Waygood, of the Anthony Perish criminal gang network, and his associate Michael Peter Christiansen on 8 October 2002 after the club was contracted to kill Waygood following an assault at a nightclub where he worked security. Neither of the Bandidos members were hit, although Raniera Puketapu, who had been mistaken for Fitzgerald, was shot three times and wounded.[39][40] Waygood pleaded guilty to shooting Puketapu as well as his involvement in a kidnapping and a separate attempted murder, and was sentenced to at least fifteen years in prison in May 2010.[41]

Drug theft and internal conflicts[edit]

Felix Lyle served as the president of the Bandidos' "Downtown" chapter in Pyrmont, Sydney until 2002 and was expelled from the club by his successor Rodney "Hooks" Monk in 2006 for allegedly being "not of good character".[42] Monk's feud with Lyle and Dallas Fitzgerald related to the theft of $2 million worth of pseudoephedrine from Milad Sande, a major drug distributor and Bandidos associate who was shot dead during the robbery in Malabar on 23 November 2005.[43] Police believe Monk was behind the subsequent February 2006 kidnapping and torture of Fitzgerald over his role in the murder-robbery, and that Lyle paid $300,000 in ransom money. The kidnapping was allegedly a joint Bandidos and Nomads operation, as Sande was also affiliated with the Nomads.[44] Monk was shot and killed in East Sydney on 20 April 2006, allegedly by Bandidos member and Fitzgerald's protégé Russell Oldham, who later committed suicide by gunshot on Balmoral Beach on 11 May 2006.[45] Lyle went on to join the Hells Angels and served as president of the club's Sydney chapter. In February 2011, he organised the defection of around fifty to sixty Bandidos members to the Hells Angels, which led to the dissolvement of the Bandidos' Parramatta chapter. The Hells Angels paid $6 million to entice the Bandidos members to switch allegiance.[46]

Subsequent conflicts with other clubs[edit]

Hostilities between the Bandidos and the Comancheros resumed in April 2007 after more than sixty members of the Parramatta and Granville chapters of the Nomads, previously affiliated with the Comancheros, defected to the Bandidos.[47] The defection resulted in a new eruption of violence between the clubs, involving fire-bombings and drive-by shootings.[48]New South Wales Police set up Operation Ranmore to stop the violence escalating, which resulted in three-hundred-and-forty people arrested on 883 charges as of January 2008.[49]

Four members – Joshua Clark, Bradley John Duff, Malcolm Sinclair Greig and Todd Obierzynski – were arrested after being found in possession of two semi-automatic rifles when they were stopped by police in a routine traffic check in Sydney's west while travelling home after carrying out two drive-by shootings on 10 December 2008. Police believed the shootings, carried out in Lurnea and Sadleir, to be linked to a dispute between the Bandidos and Rebels.[50]

The remaining former members of the Nomads' disbanded Parramatta chapter went on to found Notorious, a pseudo-motorcycle club.[51] On 16 March 2009, a drive-by shooting was carried out at the house of Mahmoud Dib, the sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos' Blacktown, Sydney chapter. Notorious is suspected of the attack. On 20 March 2009, relatives of Notorious members were the targets of two drive-by shootings in Doonside and Prospect. It is suspected that these were retaliation shootings carried out by the Bandidos.[52] Further drive-by shootings that took place in Auburn on 22 March 2009, leaving two men in hospital, are believed to be related to Bandidos discovering that two associates of the club's Blacktown chapter were providing Notorious with the addresses of Bandidos members.[53] On 29 March 2009, police acting on an anonymous tipoff discovered an unexploded homemade bomb outside the home of Mostafa Jouayde, president of the Bandidos' Parramatta chapter, in Granville.[54]

Drug trafficking[edit]

Two senior Bandidos members were convicted of drug trafficking after police in Taree began investigating the club's involvement in the methamphetamine trade in August 2014. Ronald Dennis Leggett, the president of the Bandidos' Port Stephens chapter, was convicted of supplying more than four-hundred grams of methylamphetamine during a four-month period between 29 October 2014 and 11 February 2015, as well as possessing three firearms and other weapons. He was sentenced to a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in prison in May 2016. Manning Valley chapter treasurer and secretary Paul Rowsell, who sourced the drugs from Leggett and was subsequently selling them onto an undercover police officer posing as a dealer, was sentenced to a maximum five-and-a-half years in prison for his part in the supply ring.[55][56]

Cultivation and sale of cannabis[edit]

Three men, including Sydney Bandidos chapter president Bradley John Duff, were arrested and charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group on 13 April 2020 after police stormed a property in Coolah and seized two-hundred-and-fifty kilograms of dried cannabis plants, at various stages of the harvest process – a $1.65 million cannabis crop.[57]

Northern Territory[edit]

The Bandidos' first chapter in the Northern Territory was established in Darwin on 24 September 2016.[58]

A man was arrested and charged with firearm-related offences, and a loaded, unsecured and unregistered shotgun, a large quantity of ammunition and a quantity of cannabis was seized after police raided the Darwin Bandidos chapter clubhouse in Virginia on 26 June 2019.[59]

Queensland[edit]

Mario John Vosmaer, a member of the Bandidos' Mooroka chapter and the former president of the club in Queensland, pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin for fourteen months between 1994 and 1996 and was sentenced to eight years in prison at Brisbane Supreme Court in November 2002.[60]

Bandidos Brisbane chapter president Blair Raymond Thomsen, vice-president Ivan Glavas, sergeant-at-arms Kenneth James Whittaker and John Debilla, an associate and disgruntled former Rebels member, were convicted in June 2008 of firebombing a Rebels clubhouse in Albion, Brisbane on 27 March 2007. The Bandidos had carried out the attack as retribution after Rebels members assaulted Bandidos bikies with baseball bats at Bribie Island in February 2007, leaving one man critically injured.[61] Thomsen and Whittaker were sentenced to five years' imprisonment, suspended after twenty months, Glavas to four years', suspended after sixteen months, and Debilla was released after his 417 days already served in custody was deemed sufficient punishment.[62]

Bandidos member Leslie David Gadd was sentenced to eight years in prison in November 2012 for wounding a man during a home invasion. Gadd and an unidentified accomplice entered the Little Mountain home of Jason Enrique Gravestein, shot him in the thigh, and robbed him of around half a kilo of cannabis and around $2000 in April 2011.[63]

Bogdan Cuic, a member of the Bandidos' "West End" chapter in Brisbane, fled to Serbia after shooting and killing Jei "Jack" Lee during a botched cocaine deal in Eight Mile Plains on 12 April 2012. Cuic was extraditing from Serbia in 2016, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced nine-and-a-half years' imprisonment in November 2018. Cuic's associate, Marko Cokara, who was also present at the drug deal, was sentenced to eight years' for manslaughter.[64]

On 28 April 2012, Bandidos member Jacques Teamo, along with an innocent female by-stander, received multiple gunshot wounds from a rival gang member at the Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast.[65] Mark James Graham, a Finks member who would later patch-over to the Mongols, was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced to twelve years and three months in prison in November 2014.

Bandidos were involved in a mass brawl with Finks outside a Broadbeach tapas bar on 27 September 2013. Eighteen former Bandidos members, who were allegedly among a group of around fifty club members who travelled to the town that night to hunt down Bandidos enforcer Jacques Teamo's rival and Finks associate Jason Trouchet, pleaded guilty to their involvement and were given suspended prison sentences or fines at Brisbane Magistrates Court in August 2015.[66]

The Bandidos were one of twenty-six groups declared criminal organisations by the Queensland State Government under the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act 2013, which was passed on 16 October 2013.[67][68] The club's Brisbane chapters subsequently disbanded.[69]

Bandidos members Kevin Douglas Hill and Luke James Dyer, who were recruited by the club in jail, were sentenced to seven and five years’ imprisonment, respectively, for dealing methamphetamine and cannabis from their shared house in Eagleby in May 2014.[70]

Blair Raymond Thomsen, president of the Bandidos Sunshine Coast chapter, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison in August 2017 for extortion. He had pleaded guilty in January 2017 to extorting a motorcycle (valued between $16,000-18,000) from a former club member and ordering another Bandidos member, Ricky Wayne McDougal, to take the motorcycle. Thomsen was also ordered to serve thirty-four months of a prison sentence that had been suspended, for the arson of a Rebels clubhouse during a dispute in 2007.[71]

The Bandidos are suspected in two drive-by shootings aimed at intimidation of Rebels members which were carried out in Bethania on 26 February 2017 and Calamvale on 10 March 2017. In relation to the turf war, police raided properties in Coomera, Marsden and Logan City on 30 March 2017, uncovering a Glock pistol, a revolver and drugs, including over two-hundred MDMA pills. Four people were arrested in connection to the incidents.[72]

The president and sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos Brisbane "Northside" chapter were arrested on 20 December 2019 and charged with attempted murder relating to the wounding of a man who was shot in the face and shoulder over a debt in Samsonvale on 13 July 2019. Police also seized handguns, a sawn-off rifle, ammunition, fake IDs, drugs and gang paraphernalia during raids on two properties.[73]

Mario Vosmaer was bashed and shot at after being lured into an ambush by a suspected Comancheros member at his Archerfield car yard on 18 June 2020.[74]

Two Bandidos members, including the president of the club's Brisbane chapter, were each charged with three counts of extortion, two counts of armed robbery and one count of using a carriage to menace, and arrested during a series of simultaneous police raids across the Moreton Bay suburbs of Caboolture, Scarborough and Burpengary on 1 October 2020.[75]

South Australia[edit]

In addition to Queensland, the Bandidos have also been declared a criminal organization by South Australia under anti-gang laws. Ten groups in total were targeted by the legislation, which came into effect in August 2015.[76][77]

Tasmania[edit]

Todd Michael Walker, described by police as the Bandidos' Mersey River chapter sergeant-at-arms, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to firearms trafficking in July 2018. He was convicted of trafficking a Glock nine-millimetre self-loading pistol between April and June 2016.[78]

The Bandidos are designated an outlaw motorcycle gang under laws put in place by the Government of Tasmania in November 2019. The laws ban the wearing of insignias for the Bandidos and four other motorcycle clubs.[79][80] Two Bandidos members also became the first to be charged under anti-consorting laws for convicted offenders passed in September 2018 when they were arrested in November 2019.[81]

Two members of the Hobart Bandidos chapter were arrested on 16 June 2020 and charged with trafficking a controlled substance following a joint operation between Tasmania Police's Serious Organised Crime Division and the Federal Police National Anti-Gangs Squad. The investigation began after more than seven-hundred grams of methylamphetamine was seized aboard the Spirit of Tasmania in December 2019.[82] On 30 June 2020, the chapter president was also arrested and charged with trafficking offences.[83]

Victoria[edit]

A feud between the Bandidos and the Vikings Motorcycle Club began in May 1995 after the Vikings resisted a forced amalgamation by the Bandidos. The Vikings' clubhouse in Ballarat was strafed with gunfire and, in an apparent retaliation, a Bandidos member was targeted in a hit-and-run road incident.[84] The police initiated Operation Barkly in an attempt to stem the violence, and two undercover police officers infiltrated the Ballarat Bandidos chapter as part of the operation, becoming full-patch members on 21 October 1997. As Bandidos members, the pair were involved in over thirty drug deals in three states. On 11 December 1997, approximately one-hundred police officers carried out a series of coordinated raids against the club in four states, arresting nineteen people and seizing around $1 million of drugs and $6 million of precursor chemicals in the manufacture of drugs. Also confiscated were numerous weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. Bandidos members Peter Skroke and Andrew Michlin were sentenced to six months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking.[85]

Bandidos enforcer Ross "Rosco" Brand died in hospital on 23 October 2008, seven hours after being shot in the head as he left the Bandidos' clubhouse in Geelong.[86] Club associate Paul Szerwinski was also wounded in the shooting. Rebels affiliate John Russell Bedson was convicted of Brand's killing and sentenced to a maximum of twenty-three years in prison in March 2011, while his half-brother, Derek Bedson, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to at least eight years in prison.[87] The attack was carried out in retaliation after a fight broke out between a Death Before Dishonour (DBD, a Rebels-affiliated club) member and a Bandidos prospect earlier that day; the DBD bikie was arrested while the Bandido was not.[88]

Stephen Jones, a former member of both the Rebels and the Bandidos who reportedly left the Bandidos on good terms in 2008, was bashed and robbed of a car and two motorcycles at his Epping, Melbourne home by Bandidos members Taniora Tangaloa, Jack Vaotangi and Jasmin Destanovic on 15 January 2009. Tangaloa, Vaotangi and Destanovic were convicted of armed robbery, aggravated burglary and intentionally causing serious injury in January 2014. Tangaloa and Destanovic were sentenced to eight years' imprisonment while Vaotangi was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years'.[89]

Bandidos national sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell survived being shot six times outside a gym near the Bandidos clubhouse in Brunswick, Melbourne on 28 November 2011.[90] He subsequently spent weeks in intensive care, underwent thirty operations and lost a kidney, gall bladder and most of his liver.[91] The shooting remains unsolved, although the Prisoners of War, a Hells Angels-affiliated prison gang, has been linked to the crime. Mitchell survived another attempt on his life when he was shot in the arm as he walked into the clubhouse of the Diablos – a Bandidos support club – in Melton, Melbourne on 1 March 2013.[92] This shooting has also gone unsolved, with the Hells Angels or associates again being suspected. Mitchell left the Bandidos due to ill health in November 2013[93] and went on to join the Mongols in April 2019.[94]

Bandidos members Luke Paul Maybus and John Peter Walker were convicted of manslaughter for the killing of Michael Strike, a man who had been drunkenly harassing Maybus' pet pitbull outside the Bandidos' clubhouse in Melbourne and who was subsequently dragged inside by the pair and beaten to death on 24 May 2014. In March 2016, Maybus and Walker were sentenced to ten and eight-year prison terms, respectively. A third man, Joseph Girgis, was sentenced to six months in prison for assisting Maybus in the removal of Strike's body from the club's premises.[95]

A man was arrested after police seized steroids and a loaded firearm during a raid of the Bandidos Melbourne chapter clubhouse on 1 August 2019. A property in Doveton was also searched as part of an operation by Echo Taskforce, a police group assigned to bikie-related crimes.[96]

Western Australia[edit]

The Bandidos established their first branch in Western Australia by patching-over a Rock Machine chapter in Perth on 20 October 2013.[31]

The vice-president of the Bandidos' Perth chapter was charged with drug and driving offences after he was arrested by police following a high-speed chase in Munster on 12 June 2014. The chapter president was arrested at Perth Airport on 16 June 2014 and charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.[97]

The Perth Bandidos chapter patched over to the Rebels in June 2017 after senior Rebels members came to an amicable agreement with the Bandidos' eastern states-based leadership.[98]

Belgium[edit]

The Bandidos are designated a criminal motorcycle gang by Belgium's Federal Police.[99]

At the request of Dutch authorities, Belgian police searched a property in Borgloon in May 2015 as part of an operation against the Bandidos that also included raids carried out in the Netherlands and Germany.[100]

Bandidos members were among a number of people arrested in Limburg on 28 September 2020 as part of an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking ring, which began after a shipment of almost 3,000 kilograms of cocaine was discovered at the Port of Antwerp in late 2019. Dozens of police raids led to the seizure of millions of euros in cash, gold and luxury cars.[101]

Canada[edit]

The Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) has designated the Bandidos an outlaw motorcycle gang.[102] The club operated in Canada between 2000 and November 2007, with chapters in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec. The Bandidos' Canadian chapters went defunct due to infighting, law enforcement efforts, and pulled status from the club's American leadership.[103]

Alberta[edit]

Joseph Robert "Crazy Horse" Morin, president of the Edmonton chapter of the Rebels, contacted the Bandidos with the aim of patching over in October 2001 and the Edmonton Rebels became a Bandidos hangaround club in 2003. On January 30, 2004, Morin – by then a probationary Bandidos member – and hangaround Robert Charles Simpson were shot dead outside an Edmonton strip club.[105] The murders have gone unsolved, although sources close to the investigation speculated at the time that Campbell and Morin were killed by a group opposed to the Bandidos' presence in the city.[106] The Edmonton Bandidos chapter – made up of eighteen-to-twenty members – patched over to the Hells Angels' Red Deer-based nomads chapter in October 2004, effectively tripling the Angels' presence in the province.[107]

An attempt by the Bandidos to establish themselves in Calgary in 2007 ended after a violent assault at a bar by the Hells Angels.[108]

Manitoba[edit]

On February 8, 2005, a motorist was run off the road and kidnapped by several men before being taken to an undisclosed Winnipeg address and tortured for several hours. Two members of the probationary Bandidos chapter in the city – Ronald Charles Burling and Jason Llewellyn Michel – and another two men – Josh Adam Curwin and Billy Jo Ducharm – whom police were unable to identify as connected to the club were charged with aggravated assault and abduction.[109] Michel pleaded guilty in October 2006.[110]

Ontario[edit]

Main article: Shedden massacre

Project Amigo, a fifteen-month joint investigation into the Bandidos in Ontario and Quebec by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) culminated in a series of raids on June 5, 2002 and led to the arrests of most club members in Ontario, including national president Alain Brunette. The operation ended the criminal influence of the club in both provinces, and left the Bandidos is Ontario with only fifteen members who were consolidated into a single chapter based in Toronto, although its members were in fact scattered all over southern Ontario.[111]

Bandidos member George "Crash" Kriarakis was assaulted by a dozen members of the Hells Angels outside a restaurant in Woodbridge in June 2003.

Four Bandidos members and prospects – Cameron Acorn, Pierre "Carlitto" Aragon, Randy Brown and Robert "Bobby" Quinn – pleaded guilty to partaking in the killing of drug dealer Shawn Douse, who was beaten to death at the apartment of Bandidos prospect Jamie "Goldberg" Flanz in Keswick on December 6, 2005. In January 2008, Brown received a life sentence for second-degree murder, Acorn and Quinn were sentenced to nine years' imprisonment for manslaughter, and Aragon was sentenced to seven years' for aggravated assault.[113]

On April 8, 2006, four vehicles containing the bodies of eight murdered men were discovered in a farmer's field outside of the hamlet of Shedden. Six of the men killed in what became known as the Shedden massacre[114] were full members of the Bandidos Toronto branch, including the president of the organization in Canada; they were Luis Manny Raposo, John Muscedere, Jamie Flanz, George Jessome, George Kriarakis, Frank Salerno, Paul Sinopoli and Michael Trotta. The suspects in the case, Michael Sandham, Marcelo Aravena, Frank Mather, Brett Gardiner, Dwight Mushey and Wayne Kellestine, were also full members or probationary members (also known as "prospects"), in what police described as an internal cleansing of the Bandidos organization No Surrender Crew Canada (NSCC). The victims were brought to the farm of Kellestine, where they were held captive before being systematically led out of his barn and murdered execution-style. On October 30, 2009, after eighteen hours of deliberation a jury in London found the six suspects guilty on forty-four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter.[115] These murders closed the chapter on the Bandidos Canada "No Surrender Crew" and ended any hopes of Bandido dominance in the country.

Hells Angels members Remond "Ray" Akleh, of the Ottawa-based Nomads chapter, and Mark Cephes Stephenson, of the Oshawa chapter, were charged on September 28, 2006 with murder conspiracy and counsel to commit murder for an alleged plot to murder Bandidos national president Frank "Cisco" Lenti. Although Hells Angels member and police informant Steven Gault testified that he was recruited to be the hitman in the plot against Lenti, Akleh and Stephenson were ultimately acquitted on January 19, 2009.[116] Lenti refused an offer of police protection when informed of the alleged plot, but he did start carrying around a handgun. On December 2, 2006, Lenti fatally shot Hells Angels West Toronto chapter sergeant-at-arms David "Dread" Buchanan and wounded two other club members – Dana Carnnagie and Carlos Virrili – after he was confronted at a strip club in Vaughan where he worked as a security consultant.[118] Lenti pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault, and was sentenced to six years in prison in June 2008.[119]

Quebec[edit]

Main articles: Rock Machine and Quebec Biker War

The Montreal-based Rock Machine patched over as the Bandidos Quebec chapter in December 2000 amidst the Quebec Biker War, a turf war against the more powerful and better organized Hells Angels, which was fought between 1994 and 2002. This war prompted the over-matched Rock Machine to align itself with the Bandidos.[120][121] Not all members approved of the patch-over. Some defected to other clubs while others remained with the club but hoped to restore their sovereignty.[122] The biker war, which was initiated when the much smaller Rock Machine formed an affiliation – "the Alliance" – with Montreal crime families such as the Pelletier clan and other independent dealers who wished to resist the Angels' attempts to establish a monopoly on street-level drug trade in the city,[123][124] ended with mass killings by the Hells Angels,[125] plus public outcry over the deaths of innocent bystanders[126] resulted in police pressure including the incarceration of over a hundred bikers.[127] The law enforcement operation Project Amigo, which began in 2001 originally as an investigation of the Rock Machine, led to the arrest of every Bandidos member in Quebec in June 2002, effectively ending the club's presence in the province.

Denmark[edit]

Main articles: Nordic Biker War, 1996 Copenhagen Airport shooting, and 1996 Copenhagen rocket attack

A Bandidos member in Denmark.

According to the National Center of Investigation, the Danish Bandidos are involved in a wide range of crimes, including drug dealing, extortion, fraud, tax evasion, robbery, weapons trafficking, money laundering, the sale of stolen goods, and violent crimes.[129] The Bandidos have ten chapters and approximately one-hundred-and-fifty members in Denmark,[130] and have traditionally recruited members of Danish ethnicity, although this has changed somewhat in recent years.[131] The club has links to the country's Turkish mafia.[85]

The forerunner to the Bandidos in Denmark was the Morticians, a club founded in 1984. The Morticians were initially a support club of the Hells Angels but by 1988, both groups had transformed from motorcycle enthusiasts and small-time criminals into more sophisticated criminal organizations, and disputes between the groups led to a feud. After merging with other clubs rejected by or opposed to the Hells Angels, the Morticians rebranded as the Undertakers, establishing two chapters; "Northland" (based in Stenløse) and "East Coast" (in Hørsholm).[130] In 1992, the Undertakers contacted Bandidos leadership in the United States and France – where the club's only European chapter at that point was based – seeking membership. After serving as prospective members for a short time, the Undertakers were patched over by the Bandidos on 17 December 1993. In August 1995, the Bandidos' "Northland" chapter became the club's head chapter in Europe.[132] Between 1994 and 1997, there were at least thirty-six break-ins at Danish and Swedish Army installations; at least sixteen Bofors anti-tank missiles, ten machine guns, around three-hundred handguns, sixty-seven fully-automatic rifles, two-hundred-and-five rifles of various calibres, hundreds of hand grenades and land mines, and seventeen kilograms of explosives plus detonators were stolen. Police believe the Bandidos or their support clubs were responsible for the majority of the thefts.[133]

A turf war that began in January 1994 between the Morbids Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels in southern Sweden would later escalate into what would be known as the Nordic Biker War when the Morbids aligned with the Bandidos, sparking a three-year-long gang war between the clubs for control over the drug trade in the Nordic countries. After incidents in Sweden, Finland and Norway, the war reached Denmark on 26 December 1995 when between five and ten Bandidos members attacked and severely beat two Hells Angels at a restaurant in Copenhagen.[134] On 10 March 1996, six Hells Angels ambushed and shot a group of Bandidos at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen, killing Bandidos "Southside" chapter president Uffe Larsen and wounding another member, a prospect and a hangaround.

A twin attack was also carried out the same day at Forebu airport in Norway where a Bandidos member was wounded.[135][136] Six Hells Angels members and associates were convicted in connection and sentenced to a total of fifty-three years in prison, and one was given a life sentence.[137] On 17 April 1996, the Hells Angels "South" chapter clubhouse in Snoldelev was hit with an anti-tank missile; the fourteen members inside were able to avoid serious injury. Four hours later, a second missile hit the clubhouse of the Hells Angels-affiliated Avengers in Aalborg; four gang members sleeping in the building were unhurt by the missile, which did not detonate.[138] Morten "Træben" ("Wooden Leg") Christiansen, the imprisoned vice president of Bandidos "Southside" chapter, was left in critical condition with shrapnel wounds and burns when assailants broke into Horserød State Prison and threw a hand grenade through his cell window which exploded under his bunk on 26 April 1996.[139][140] Hells Angels Copenhagen member Brian "Bremse" Paludan Jacobsen lost a leg and two associates were also wounded when two grenades were thrown in front of his home from a moving car in Brønshøj on 7 May 1996.[141][142] Bandidos member Jim Verner was found dead on 10 July 1996 in Nykøbing Falster.[143] A bomb weighing half a kilo was found underneath his car nearby and defused by an explosive ordnance disposal unit.[144]

On 21 July 1996, a six-kilogram remote-controlled bomb hidden in a sports bag and placed in front of the Hells Angels' clubhouse in Ydre Nørrebro, Copenhagen failed to explode when the radio-controlled trigger malfunctioned, potentially saving the lives of four Hells Angels bikers in the building as well as residents of the street. The device was later detonated by police.[144] The fingerprints of Jacob "Hip Hop" Andersen, a member of the Bandidos chapter in Dalby, were found on the sports bag by police technicians. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in 1997.[145] On 25 July 1996, Jørn "Jønke" Nielsen, a founding member of the Hells Angels' Copenhagen chapter, was subjected to a murder attempt while sleeping in his cell at Jyderup State Prison. Two-to-four men infiltrated the prison and, after failing to gain access to Nielsen's locked cell, fired over twenty rounds from an automatic weapon through the cell window, shooting Nielsen twice in the abdomen and once in the arm.[146] On 5 August 1996, a civilian was shot in a drive-by shooting in Greve; police believe the victim was mistaken for a Hells Angels member living in the same building. An associate of the Bandidos "Southside" chapter was wounded after being shot in his car as he left the clubhouse near Haslev on 14 August 1996. On 4 September 1996, a bomb planted on the car of a Hells Angels member exploded after falling from the vehicle in a parking lot; the bomb detonated three meters away, damaging several cars but causing no injuries.[144] On 12 September 1996, a car bomb exploded outside a Hells Angels clubhouse situated in a residential neighborhood of Roskilde, causing extensive damage but no injuries.[144] The location was attacked again in the early hours of 22 September 1996, with over two-hundred-and-fifty machine gun rounds fired at the building from an adjacent football pitch, wounding one Hells Angels member.[147]

On 6 October 1996, the Hells Angels were holding their annual "Viking Party", attended by around one-hundred-and-fifty people, at their fortified compound in Copenhagen when the building was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade from a Carl Gustaf M3 84 mm recoilless anti-tank rifle, which had been stolen from a Swedish Army depot during a burglary on 19 February 1994. Hells Angels prospect Louis Linde Nielsen and Janne Krohn, a twenty-nine-year-old woman who resided in the neighborhood and accepted an invitation to the event, were killed. Among the fifteen injured was Hells Angels Denmark national president Christian Middelboe.[148] Bandidos member Mickey Borgfjord Larsen was brought into custody on 24 October 1996 after his fingerprints were found on a machine gun thrown away by assailants in Fælledparken following the rocket attack; he was charged with the attack on the Hells Angels party as well as the attempted murder of Jørn Nielsen at Jyderup prison, but was released after four months in custody due to a lack of evidence.[149] Bandidos prospect Niels Poulsen was convicted of carrying out the attack in March 1998 and sentenced to life imprisonment.[150] Bandidos and Hells Angels were involved in a shootout outside a Copenhagen restaurant on 1 December 1996; no one was injured. Two members of the Bandidos came under gunfire while trapped in a private yard in Valby, Copenhagen on 5 December 1996; one biker was injured.

On 9 December 1996, a member of the Bandidos' Aalborg chapter survived being shot ten times as he waited in his car.[134] Hells Angels member Kim Thrysøe Svendsen was shot and killed while driving in Vejgaard, Aalborg when unknown perpetrators fired three rounds at his car on 10 January 1997. Around five-hundred Hells Angels bikers from across Europe and the United States attended Svendsen's funeral.[151] Several members of the Bandidos were charged with the killing, but due to lack of evidence, the prosecution had to give up the case, after which the suspects were released.[152] The murder remains unsolved. On 2 February 1997, a prominent Bandidos member remanded in a detention center in Køge survived an attempt on his life when an anti-tank missile fired at his cell failed to explode.[153] Another Bandidos member survived a murder attempt the following day on Amager after being shot while walking to his car. The shooting took place near a kindergarten.[154] The Hells Angels again attempted to kill a jailed rival by firing an anti-tank missile into a police cellblock in Holbæk on 18 February 1997, destroying two cells but leaving a Bandido and another inmate unhurt.[155]

On 1 April 1997, a Hells Angels associate was wounded by a shot from a 9mm pistol, fired at him from another car as he waited at a stop light in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. Later that day, two men were arrested on suspicion of perpetrating the shooting; one of the men was a Bandidos member.[156] On 1 May 1997, an attempt was made on the life of a Bandidos member being held at Vestre Prison; an electric razor given to him containing ninety-five grams of explosives would have exploded had it been plugged in, but the device was suspected and seized by prison authorities before it was used.[157] Three more attempted murders were carried out against Bandidos members in Denmark that month; one was shot in Køge and another had a Molotov cocktail thrown at his apartment in Copenhagen, while three men associated with the club were shot in Aalborg. On 7 June 1997, four Bandidos members were shot outside a restaurant in Liseleje; Bjørn Gudmandsen was killed and three were wounded.[158] Hells Angels member Vagn Smidt was convicted of the murder and three attempted murders, and sentenced to life in prison on 20 November 1998.[159] The final incident in the biker war took place on 11 June 1997 when a Bandidos clubhouse in Dalby was attacked with a hand grenade. The war formally ended on 25 September 1997 when Bandidos Europe president Jim Tinndahn and his Hells Angels counterpart Bent "Blondie" Svane Nielsen announced that they had signed a peace agreement and shook hands in front of Danish television news cameras.[160] As part of the truce, the clubs agreed to cease expansion in the Nordic countries and to divide territories of criminal activity. Although terms of the agreement have since been broken by both sides, the Bandidos and Hells Angels have largely been able to avoid conflict.[161]

Claus Bork Hansen, a former senior member of the Bandidos who was expelled from the club and later aligned himself with the Hells Angels, was killed after being shot twenty-six times as he returned home from restaurant with his girlfriend in Vanløse, Copenhagen on 21 March 2001.[162] He had previously been warned by police that he was on the Bandidos' hit list and was offered protection, which he refused.[163] Four Bandidos members were charged with his murder; Jens Christian Thorup was found guilty of killing Hansen on 11 April 2002, while Kent "Kemo" Sørensen, Karl Martin Thorup and Peter Buch Rosenberg were cleared.[164] Thorup was initially sentenced to life in prison but his sentence was reduced to sixteen years on 15 January 2003.[165] Hansen had made a pact with his close friend and fellow Bandidos member Mickey Borgfjord Larsen, where they mutually promised to take revenge in the event of the other's murder. Larsen threatened the lives of several high-ranking Bandidos following Hansen's death and was subsequently killed himself in a car bombing in Glostrup on 17 September 2003.[166][167] Bandidos members Jacob "Hip Hop" Andersen and Lennart Elkjær Christensen were convicted of murdering Larsen and were sentenced to life in prison on 13 June 2005.[168] Their sentences were reduced to sixteen years on 6 January 2006.[169]

Bandidos associate Flemming Jensen was beaten and stabbed to death by Hells Angels members in a tavern in Aalborg on 12 August 2001. Hells Angels prospect Jesper Østenkær Kristoffersen confessed to stabbing Jensen eight times and was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter on 7 February 2002,[170] while Jørn "Jønke" Nielsen was sentenced to four years on 18 September 2002 for aggravated assault resulting in death as witnesses claimed that he had kicked and stomped on Jensen.[171]

On 21 June 2002, two Bandidos members – Jacob Daniel Winefeld and Robin Nielsen – committed a particularly serious bank robbery against a Nordea branch in Ålsgårde. Michael Pichard, a bystander who tried to stop the robbery by overturning the robbers' motorcycle and blocking the bank entrance with his car to prevent them from fleeing, was shot and killed by Winefeld. On 2 October 2003, Winefeld and Nielsen were sentenced to sixteen years in prison for the robbery and the murder of Michael Pichard.[172]

Nyborg State Prison inspector Jens Tolstrup was assaulted in the garden of his residence in Nyborg by two men armed with baseball bats on 6 November 2002. Tolstrup left his role as prison inspector in November 2003.[173] On 12 February 2004, there was an attempted hit-and-run on a prison official outside the prison. Two months later, three men associated with the Bandidos were arrested and charged with both assaults.[174] On 13 October 2005, club hangarounds Mikael Sartil and Rasmus Vanman Munk Jensen were convicted of the assault on Tolstrup and the attempted assault. Michael Kenneth Pedersen, vice-president of the Hillerød Bandidos chapter, was acquitted of planning Tolstrup's attack but was found guilty of the attempted assault. Sartil, Jensen and Pedersen were sentenced to nine, eight and six years in prison, respectively.[175]

On 15 November 2002, Bandidos prospect Stig Bartholdy was sentenced to fourteen years in prison at the Vestre Landsret (High Court of Western Denmark) for attempting to smuggle cocaine and hashish from the Netherlands to Denmark, and for producing counterfeit money. Nine men and one woman were sentenced to a total of ninety years in prison in a comprehensive narcotics case for smuggling amphetamine, MDMA, hashish and cocaine.[176]

Bandidos member Thomas Brian Jensen was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison on 16 November 2011 after he pleaded guilty to selling two kilograms of amphetamine and three-hundred grams of cocaine, and for possessing two guns with ammunition at his residence in Haslev when he was arrested on 29 June 2011.[177]

Former Bandidos member Jan "Clark" Jensen, who had previously been a member of the Roskilde Hells Angels chapter before joining the Bandidos in Helsingborg, Sweden during the 1990s, disappeared in December 2011 and his burnt-out car was found in a wooded area in the Copenhagen suburb of Albertslund. No arrests have been made in the case, although police believe that he was murdered. Jensen had resigned from the Bandidos but still continued to be part of the environment around the club on south Zealand.[178]

Renewed tensions between the Bandidos and Hells Angels resulted in an outbreak of violence in September 2012. After two stabbings and an attempted hit-and-run, a seventeen-ton unmanned truck with a brick on the accelerator ploughed into a property used by the Bandidos on Amager on 18 September 2012. Police suspect the incident was carried out by the Hells Angels support group AK81. The following day, a hundred bikers – including Bandidos Europe president Michael "The Chef" Rosenvold – were arrested as police raided eighteen locations across Zealand in an attempt to assert control ahead of a what they believed to be an imminent gang war. Guns, knives, axes, drugs and anabolic steroids were also seized in the raids.[179]

The Bandidos and Hells Angels remained the leading criminal organizations in Denmark until law enforcement efforts against motorcycle gangs allowed numerous upstart immigrant gangs – such as Black Army, Black Cobra, Bloodz, Brothas and Loyal to Familia (LTF) – to seize control of markets and territories previously dominated by the bikers.[180] In addition to street gangs, newly arrived motorcycle gangs also challenged the Bandidos' and Angels' control of the biker scene. In 2013, the Dutch club Satudarah opened a chapter in Bagsværd. This was then followed by the influx of three German groups; Black Jackets, Gremium and United Tribuns. Police have speculated that the Dutch and German gangs expanded into Denmark to enter the country's criminal market, and that the Bandidos and Hells Angels initially permitted this encroachment on their territory as they wanted to avoid a turf war which would draw police attention to their illegal activities.[181] According to a report by Politiken in 2016, there were at least ten major gangs active in Denmark.[182] That same year, the Rigspolitiet stated that there were a total of ninety-six gangs in the country.[183]

A war between the Bandidos and the Black Cobra gang erupted in Køge after Oruc Türkoglu, a leading Black Cobra figure in the city, was wounded in a stabbing by Bandidos members on 29 January 2013. A few days later, shots were fired at the home of another Black Cobra member southwest of Copenhagen, although no one was injured. In the early hours of 6 February 2013, a prospective Bandidos member was shot in the knee after being attacked by three Black Cobra members at his home in Herfølge. Later that day, a tattoo parlor in Køge associated with the Bandidos was riddled with gunfire by two young men on a moped. A fifteen-year-old Black Cobra member was charged with attempted murder after police raided twenty-three properties and recovered two firearms during a crackdown on the gang environment on 28 February 2013.[184] A truce was reached and the conflict was brought to an end after four representatives from each gang met on 29 March 2013.[185]

Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Peter Buch Rosenberg and another club member, Michael Fuhlendorff, were convicted of weapons possession after police discovered two loaded guns, a silencer, binoculars and other equipment at a cottage in Dronningmølle where Rosenberg was living, protected by two bodyguards, during a conflict with the Brothas Souljaz gang. The find came shortly after gunshots had been fired at a Bandidos clubhouse in Hvidovre in March 2013. At the Østre Landsret (High Court of Eastern Denmark) in March 2014, Rosenberg was sentenced to one year and six months' imprisonment and Fuhlendorff was sentenced to two years and nine months', which included a sentence for additional crimes.[186]

In July 2013, a conflict erupted between the Bandidos and the Westside Nation, a breakaway group of former members of the club's "Westside" chapter in Næstved who defected following a dispute over the club's national leadership. Although no one has been charged for the crimes, it is believed that the Westside Nation was responsible for a number of arson attacks that took place in the autumn of that year, including a Molotov cocktail attack on a tattoo parlor owned by a Bandidos member in Rødovre on 3 October 2013 and the burning of a commercial property in Kvistgård on 20 November 2013. A Westside Nation figure was assaulted and stabbed in his home in Næstved in November 2013.[187] On 9 December 2013, Edin Fakic, the brother of a Westside Nation member, was shot and killed with a machine gun in his Næstved apartment after being mistaken for his gang member sibling Nermin Fakic. Bandidos member Martin David Larsen was convicted of the murder in December 2015, although his accomplices in the killing were never identified.[188] The Westside Nation disbanded in 2014, with some members returning to the Bandidos and others patching over to Satudarah, forming the core of the club's Copenhagen chapter. This resulted in the beginning of a gang war between the Bandidos and Satudarah.[23] Three shootings involving Bandidos and Satudarah took place in Næstved between 23 September and 4 October 2016, leaving three men wounded.[189] Two teenaged Bandidos associates were convicted of attempted murder for the 23 September 2016 shooting of a Satudarah member and were sentenced to eight and nine years in prison in May 2018.[190] Further shootings took place on 12 and 13 October 2016, with two homes being shot at. Police believe the shootings are related to a conflict over control of the town's drug market.[191] Two Bandidos members were stabbed after a mass brawl with Satudarah members broke out at a boxing event in Herlev on 27 October 2017. An upsurge in violence ensued in the following days. On 29 October 2017, two shots were fired through the window of the home of a Bandidos member in Nørre Alslev, and a Bandidos member was assaulted by six men in Søborg the following day. The brother of a Satudarah member was tracked down and beaten shortly after. Attacks with Molotov cocktails and firearms were carried out on Bandidos clubouses in Køge and Hvidovre on 31 October and 2 November 2017, respectively. On 4 November 2017, a car was burned at Satudarah's clubhouse in Egedal.[192] On 29 March 2019, Bandidos prospect Jim-Bo Poulsen was convicted of the attempted murder of a hashish dealer and Satudarah member who was shot six times in Næstved on 13 November 2017. Another prospect, Kenneth Bech Simonsen, was acquitted of taking part in the shooting but convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon.[193] In September 2019, Bandidos "Westside" chapter president Kristian "Biggie" Beck Hansen was sentenced to eleven-and-a-half years in prison for organizing the attempted murder.[194] Hansen had previously been sentenced on 29 March 2019 to two-and-a-half years in prison for trafficking seventy-five kilograms of hash.[195] In February 2020, Hansen was acquitted of the attempted murder after an appeal. Poulsen's sentence was also reduced from twelve years from eight.[196] Denmark's three dominant motorcycle gangs – the Bandidos, Hells Angels and Satudarah – reportedly entered into an agreement to counteract disputes in June 2019. One rule of the agreement states that the clubs must avoid recruiting former members of one another as this has been a frequent cause of conflicts. The agreement was made after membership of the LTF street gang was made illegal by authorities, and the bikers became concerned that they could be targeted with similar legislation.[197]

Beginning in 2014, a feud involving the Bandidos and the Black Army resulted in numerous shootings and assaults in Næstved, where both gangs have clubhouses. Arising from a dispute over the hash market in Næstved, the conflict commenced on 4 October 2014 when a shot was fired at the president of the Bandidos "Westside" chapter through a window in his home. Two people were convicted for the act. After several clashes during the spring and summer of 2015, the rival groups attempted to settle the dispute during a meeting at a restaurant in the city on 4 September 2015, in which leaders from both factions participated. After a period of peace, the conflict briefly flared up again in December 2015.[198] On 27 December 2015, five Black Army members were chased into a police station after being shot at following a confrontation with Bandidos bikers. The following day, Black Army members attacked Bandidos with pepper spray. The Black Army shot six rounds at the Bandidos' clubhouse in the early morning of 30 December 2015, and the Bandidos responded by firing five shots at the Black Army clubhouse in the early evening hours of 1 January 2016.[199] Due to the risk posed to ordinary citizens of Næstved by the gang war, South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police decided to prohibit access to the clubhouses of both groups for a two-week period beginning 2 January 2016, a ban made possible by the Rockerloven, an anti-gang law passed during the Nordic Biker War in 1996.[200]

An attack on a man in the Vapnagård housing estate in Helsingør on 30 June 2015 was linked to a conflict between the Bandidos and the immigrant gang LTF. The victim, an immigrant, was airlifted to Rigshospitalet.[201] The following week, on 6 July 2015, shots were fired at the Bandidos' clubhouse in the town. The building was hit, although no one was injured.[202]

A Bandidos member holding the rank of krigsminister (“minister for war”) within the club was convicted of the 11 November 2015 triple murder of Philip Rasmussen, Suhaib Jaffar, and Mike Patrick Winther, members of a gang known as the Vanløse Group who were killed with a revolver and a shotgun as they slept in their apartment in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. Two non-club members were also convicted as accomplices to the crime; one was found guilty of accessory to murder, and the other of possessing firearms. The trio were convicted in May 2017. A fourth man, also a Bandidos member accused of taking part in the murders, committed suicide in custody in June 2016.[203][204] According to the court transcripts, the murders were a culmination of a conflict between a member of the Bandidos and the victims that may have taken place weeks before.[205]

The Bandidos have also been involved in a turf war with Gremium in North Zealand after Gremium opened a chapter in the traditional Bandidos stronghold of Helsinge on 3 February 2017 by patching-over the Local BrotherHood (LBH) gang.[15] In June 2017, a man associated with Gremium was convicted of assaulting a Bandidos associate in the Skærød area of Helsinge on 2 April 2017.[206] In May 2017, a police operation led to the arrests of twenty-one people after two groups of gang members from Bandidos and Gremium clashed in the town.[207] A senior Gremium member survived a shooting attempt in Helsinge in November 2017.[15] In May 2018, two men associated with the Bandidos were sentenced to prison after being convicted of a hit-and-run on a Gremium member that took place in November 2017.[208]

Nicolas Nielsen, a member of the Holbæk Bandidos chapter, was sentenced on 17 September 2020 to three years and six months in prison after being convicted of aggravated assault for an attack on a man at a property near Gørlev in September 2019, which left the victim with several facial injuries, a skull fracture and several other injuries.[209]

Finland[edit]

Main article: Nordic Biker War

Bandidos "South-West" chapter clubhouse in Harjavalta.

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) defines the Bandidos as an organized criminal group.[210] The Bandidos are the largest motorcycle club in Finland, with around two-hundred-and-forty members and fourteen chapters.[211] Groups affiliated with the Bandidos in the country include the Diablos and X-Team.[212]

The Bandidos' predecessor in Finland was the Undertakers Motorcycle Club, founded by Marko Hirsma in August 1994. The Undertakers established relations with the Bandidos in Denmark and became a probationary chapter in August 1995 before being patched over on 5 October 1996.[213] The Nordic Biker War, which began in January 1994 between Morbids MC and the Hells Angels in southern Sweden and later escalated into a war over control of the drug trade in the Nordic countries between the Hells Angels and Bandidos after the Morbids aligned with the latter, saw several violent incidents around Helsinki in 1995 and 1996. The vice-president of Cannonball MC, a club allied with the Hells Angels, was wounded by an Undertakers member in a shooting at restaurant on 1 April 1995. On 25 July 1995, Undertakers members fired a rocket-propelled grenade stolen from a Swedish Army weapons depot at the Hells Angels' clubhouse in northern Helsinki. Two Bandidos (former Undertakers) members were later convicted for the attack; Kai Tapio Blom was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and Antti Tauno Tapani was given four years'. When Bandidos Finland president Marko Hirsma arrived at a Helsinki court house for the trial of Blom and Tapani on 27 September 1995, he was attacked and beaten by Hells Angels and Cannonball members. A Hells Angels-owned tattoo parlour was later destroyed in retaliation.[213] On 12 February 1996, two grenade attacks were carried out against the Hells Angels; two people were badly injured when a restaurant in Tapanila belonging to a Hells Angels members was bombed, and in a second attack a motorcycle garage in Hernesaari owned by a Hells Angels member was also targeted.[214] On 1 March 1996, two Bandidos members were shot outside their clubhouse in Kamppi; club vice-president Jarkko Kokko died sixteen days later in hospital from his wounds, and the other survived.[215] Two Hells Angels prospects were convicted for the murder; Ilkka Ukkonen was sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years' imprisonment and Jussi Penttinen was given six years'.[216] An unexploded bomb was found at Hells Angels' clubhouse on 12 May 1996. Another attack on the same location a week later, 18 May 1996, also failed when two drunken men – neither of whom were Bandidos members – blew themselves up while attempting to throw hand grenades into the clubhouse. Both men survived but were badly wounded. Marko Hirsma was sentenced to nine months in prison on 12 July 1996 after being convicted of orchestrating the attempted attack.[217] In the final public incident of the conflict, Bandidos and Hells Angels fought at a music festival north of Helsinki on 29 June 1996. Due to the imprisonment of leading bikers, the violence moved off of the streets and into prisons. Members of the Bandidos and Hells Angels were involved in a prison fight in July 1996, and in November 1996, Marko Hirsma was attacked and beaten in Sörka Prison amidst a struggle for control of the prison drug trade fought between the Bandidos and a rival group. Mass brawls also ensued at Sörnäinen Prison. Hostilities between the Bandidos and Hells Angels formally came to an end on 25 September 1997 when a truce between both groups was brokered.[213] Since the end of the biker war, the once-rival clubs have operated in parallel rather than competing with each other.[218]

In October 1999, a Bandidos member and a hangaround were involved in a shootout in Lahti with a member of the Rogues Gallery gang who suffered a leg wound. On 18 January 2000, members of the Bandidos and their support club Black Rhinos MC were present at the men's trial and visited a nearby restaurant during a recess in the proceedings where they were ambushed by three gunmen. Two members of the Bandidos' "Downtown" Helsinki chapter, chapter president Björn Isaksson and Sakke Pirra, and Black Rhinos member Juha Jalonen were killed, while three others were wounded.[219] When the trial resumed, both Bandidos charged with the shooting and wounding of the Rogues Gallery member were convicted; Kai Tapio Blom was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, and Andrei Antoni Jensko was given a sentence of two years and seven months. In April 2001, three Rogues Gallery members who were former Cannonball bikers – Pertti Hämäläinen, Sami Koivula, and Eikka Lehtosaari – were convicted of the restaurant triple murder and sentenced to life in prison.[220][221]

The Finnish Bandidos came close to disbanding in 1999 due to an internal feud concerning Marko Hirsma's leadership. Membership of the club dwindled to just seven – of whom, four were imprisoned at the time – and reinforcements were required from Norway and Denmark. Hirsma reestablished his former club Undertakers MC after being expelled from the Bandidos that year, and also made contact with the Outlaws. The Bandidos continuously pursued their former president due to his consorting with other clubs after his expulsion, beating him and robbing him of his motorcycle in Germany in the spring of 2000, and strafing his home with submachine gun fire in the autumn of that year.[213] Kai Tapio Blom and Andrei Antoni Jensko, both recently paroled from prison, killed Hirsma during a gunfight in front of his home in Helsinki on 20 October 2001.[222] On 11 March 2002, Blom and Jesko were convicted of murdering Hirsma, attempting to murder Hirsma's wife and endangering several bystanders including Hirsma's child; they were sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay Hirsma's widow and child a total of more than $50,000 in compensation for non-material damage.[223]

Bandidos Helsinki chapter president Pentti Tapio Haapanen and vice-president Harri Tapio Reinikainen were convicted of shooting and wounding a Rogues Gallery member and a member of the Lepakko Gang in Sörnäinen, Helsinki in July 2005. In December 2005, Reinikainen was sentenced to four years and three months' imprisonment for attempted murder and firearms possession, and Haapanen was sentenced to two years and two months' for aggravated assault and firearms possession. Police stated that the motive for the shootings was to avenge the restaurant murders in Lahti in 2000.[224][225]

In January 2008, two Bandidos and five X-Team members in Espoo were among twenty-one people charged with importing and distributing amphetamine.[226]

The Southwest Finland District Court convicted and sentenced several Bandidos members and associates to prison terms on 4 October 2013 for their part in a drug ring. The two main perpetrators were sentenced to more than seven years in prison for aggravated drug offenses, while others received varying sentences. The convictions related to a haul of over four kilos of amphetamine which was recovered in Nakkila and was to be distributed in the Turku area, as well as the illegal cultivation of cannabis.[227]

In March 2017, two members of the Bandidos' Tampere chapter – including the chapter president – and four X-Team members were prosecuted for a number of crimes relating to fraud, embezzlement and forgery which took place between 2013 and 2014.[228]

A Bandidos member, a club hangaround and a member of the X-Team were convicted in October 2016 of violently collecting a debt from a man on two occasions in Tampere in 2014. Bandidos supporter Hupu Viljo Oliver Laiti was sentenced to three years and two months' imprisonment, X-Team member Antti Niilo Raatikainen was sentenced to two years', and an unnamed Bandidos member was sentenced to one year's suspended prison sentence.[229]

A leading member of the Bandidos in Tampere fled to Thailand in the autumn of 2016 when he became sought by authorities on suspicion of distributing twenty-five kilograms of amphetamine and cocaine. After being located by Finnish police in Thailand, he decided to relocate again to Sweden. He was arrested upon arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport on 20 March 2017 and was subsequently turned over to Finnish authorities.[230]

In March 2017, charges against six members of the Bandidos' Nokia chapter accused of membership of a criminal group, and importing liquid amphetamine from Germany to Finland, were dropped as the Pirkanmaa District Court did not find sufficient evidence. However, club members were convicted on lesser charges, including drug and firearms offences.[231]

France[edit]

The Bandidos' first chapter in Europe was founded in Marseille on 20 September 1989 when the club patched over the Club de Clichy.[221] This expansion provoked a war with the Hells Angels, who were already established in France. Bandidos member Jean-Pierre Debono was wounded in the arm when his tattoo parlour in Bouches-du-Rhône was targeted in a shooting attack on 3 April 1991, and Bandidos Marseille chapter president Michel "Bubu" Burel survived a shooting attempt on 29 May 1991.[232] In June 1991, the clubhouse of the Wanted Bikers, a club in Haute-Savoie affiliated to the Bandidos but wishing to instead begin an association with the Hells Angels, was shot at and the motorcycles parked outside were destroyed. On 22 August 1991, Michel Burel was killed in a drive-by shooting by four men on motorcycles, and two other Bandidos were wounded. On 6 February 1992, police, acting on intelligence supplied by an informant in the Buccaneers – a Hells Angels support club – arrested eight Hells Angels members in Grenoble in connection with the shooting, as well as members of the Buccaneers who supplied the stolen motorcycles used in the attack.[48] A man received injuries to the back and legs after an explosive device was detonated at the entrance to the Hells Angels chapter in Grenoble on 7 December 1991.[233][234]

Members of the Bandidos' Marseille, Montpellier and Metz chapters organized the 7 May 1995 shooting of two members of the Apocalypse Riders, a Hells Angels support club, in Créancey which left both men wounded and one, Jérôme Parent, paraplegic. The attack was carried out as retaliation after around thirty Hells Angels members passed through the territory of a Bandidos prospect club in Dijon the day before. The subsequent police operations disbanded the Bandidos chapter in Montpellier as well as the prospect club in Dijon. On 25 March 1999, Bandidos Metz chapter vice-president Dominique "Jésus" Colas was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to eighteen years in prison for the shooting.[235][236]

In 2003, two hundred kilograms of cannabis were seized aboard a boat in Saint-Malo, bound for the Channel Islands and then on to Great Britain. A Bandidos member was arrested and imprisoned in Rennes in connection with the haul.[237]

Two members of the Bandidos' Dijon chapter were incarcerated following a search of one of their homes in August 2013 in which approximately fifteen rifles, handguns and machine guns were found. The search followed a violent incident involving firearms that broke out in the corridors of a building in Dijon, pitting the Bandidos against drug traffickers.[238][239]

Four members of No Surrender's Metz chapter were beaten and had their colors stolen by members and associates of the Bandidos' Strasbourg chapter at a motorcycle rally in Pont-à-Mousson on 11 March 2018. Ten Bandidos members and associates were arrested in connection with the attack in Alsace and Haute-Marne in February 2019. During the arrests, a member of the Bandidos support club Bomber-Raiders was wounded after opening fire on police in Saint-Dizier; he was subsequently charged with attempted murder.[240][241]

Three Bandidos members, including the president of the club's Dijon chapter, were given prison sentences by the Dijon Criminal Court in July 2019 following their convictions for the violent robbery of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from another club in Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur.[242]

Germany[edit]

German police have accused the Bandidos of involvement in illegal gambling, prostitution, arms dealing, extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking.[243] The Bandidos expanded into Germany in June 2000 when the club patched over seventeen chapters of the Ghostrider's, Road Eagles and Destroyers that had been serving as probationary chapters since the previous year. In March 2012, seventy-one Bandidos chapters were known to police in the country.[244] The Bandidos in Germany are supported by the Chicanos, Diablos and X-Team.[245]

A gang war involving the Bandidos and the Hells Angels began around 2004 after the Bandidos moved into Hells Angels territory across northern Germany.[246] The war also spread to the east of the country in 2006 when both clubs expanded into the Cottbus area.[247] In March 2006, a group of Hells Angels raided a Bandidos clubhouse in Stuhr where they assaulted and robbed five Bandidos members. Three were given prison sentences and another eleven were handed down suspended sentences at a trial which took place in Hanover on 16 December 2008.[248] In November 2006, a major police operation in Cottbus led to the arrests of 128 Bandidos members, preventing an imminent confrontation with the Hells Angels.[249] On 27 May 2007, five Hells Angels members attacked, robbed and injured a Bandidos member in Hohenschönhausen, Berlin. Nineteen police vehicles were in use and shots were fired. According to sources, two high ranking Hells Angels members – the former president of the Angels' nomads chapter and the chapter's treasurer and former road captain – were involved in the incident.[250] A Bandidos member left a Hells Angels member critically injured by shooting him twice after being attacked in the presence of his wife and child in Cottbus in February 2008.[251] The Bandido was cleared of attempted manslaughter over the shooting in November 2008 as the court deemed his actions self-defense. He was, however, convicted on drug trafficking charges and of injuring two Hells Angels members with pepper spray at a disco in Forst in February 2007. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.[252] On 11 June 2008, two Bandidos members were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Hells Angels member in Ibbenbüren.[253] Reports say they drove to his Harley-Davidson shop where they shot him dead on 23 May 2007. After the first day of a related lawsuit on 17 December 2007, riots between the two gangs and the police had been reported.[254] Delegates from the Bandidos and Hells Angels met at a Magdeburg hotel on 10 December 2008 to discuss a peace treaty between the clubs, although no agreement could be concluded.[255] On 8 October 2009, Bandidos member Rudi Heinz "Eschli" Elten was shot to death by Hells Angels prospect Timur Akbulut in Duisburg.[256] Akbulut was convicted of manslaughter over Elten's killing and was sentenced to eleven years in prison on 30 August 2010.[257] Around fifty Hells Angels armed with clubs stormed a bar frequented by Bandidos in Duisburg's red-light district on 31 October 2009, leaving the bar destroyed and several people injured. Around a hundred police officers were needed to stop the violence. Several hours later, a hand grenade was thrown through the window of a Hells Angels clubhouse in Solingen. The grenade failed to explode, and police later detonated the device in a controlled explosion.[246] In February 2010, around seventy ethnic Turkish Bandidos members and supporters in Berlin in an unprecedented move defected and joined the Hells Angels, forming a sub-chapter known as "Hells Angels Nomads Türkiye". This triggered a gang war in Berlin that lasted from February to April 2010.[258] The warring clubs formally arranged to a truce when Bandidos Europe vice-president Peter Maczollek and Hells Angels Hanover chapter president Frank Hanebuth met at a lawyer's office in Hanover on 26 May 2010. The agreement came amidst the threat of a nationwide ban on both clubs.[259][260]

Bandidos and Chicanos members engaged in a large brawl with an Arab criminal family in Reinickendorf on 6 August 2007 which resulted in a biker and two Arabs being injured, one seriously. Baseball bats, machetes and knives were used in the confrontation, which escalated from a verbal disagreement. Four bikers were arrested, and Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) was deployed during the subsequent investigation, which included a search of a clubhouse.[261]

The Bandidos have been involved in a conflict with the Rock Machine in Ulm and Neu-Ulm which started after Suat Erköse, a former Bandidos member, formed a Rock Machine chapter in the area in early 2011. A group of Bandidos attacked the home of Rock Machine president Erköse in May 2011, destroying his car and firing shots into his house. A former Bandidos member was sentenced to six years and nine months' imprisonment in March 2015 after he was convicted of leading the group.[262] An accomplice had previously been sentenced to three years and six months' in January 2014.[263] The struggle for territorial supremacy between the clubs erupted again in March 2012 when a pub frequented by the Rock Machine was targeted in an arson attack and a Bandidos pub was burned down in retaliation two weeks later.[264][22]

On 26 April 2012, the authorities of North Rhine-Westphalia banned and disbanded the Aachen chapter of the Bandidos, and three support clubs. In the following action carried out by the North Rhine-Westphalia Police, thirty-eight properties were searched, in which firearms and stabbing weapons were found. The display of Bandidos symbols and the wearing of Bandidos regalia was also forbidden in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Northrhine-Westphalia government found its actions necessary because the Bandidos wanted to build up their criminal supremacy through racketeering and violence.[265][266]

A passer-by was left wounded after being shot in the chest during a street battle between the Bandidos and Hells Angels in Düsseldorf on 31 December 2014. The violence began when a group of Hells Angels tried to storm a club where a man associated with the Bandidos was working as a bouncer. A Hells Angels member was also wounded by gunfire.[267]

A nationwide ban on wearing the emblems of the Bandidos and eight other motorcycle clubs – including the Chicanos, Diablos and X-Team – in public came into effect on 16 March 2017.[268]

Five members of the Hagen Bandidos chapter as well as the president of the Iron Bloods 58, a Bandidos support club, were charged in August 2019 with committing violent crimes during a conflict with the rival Freeway Riders Motorcycle Club. In June 2018, Bandidos members allegedly stormed a lounge where they pepper sprayed a man wearing a Hells Angels t-shirt. Then, on 28 September 2018, Bandidos attacked a Freeway Riders member, who escaped in his car, with batons and firearms. A Bandidos member carried out an attempted drive-by shooting on another biker the following day. Investigators also found cocaine, brass knuckles and stun guns during searches of Bandidos' residences.[269]

Ireland[edit]

On 20 June 2015, Road Tramps member Andrew "Odd" O'Donoghue was shot dead by Alan "Cookie" McNamara, a member of the Caballeros – a Bandidos prospect club. McNamara killed O'Donoghue in a revenge attack after he was knocked to the ground and stripped of his colours by three Road Tramps members outside a pub in Doon. He was convicted of O'Donoghue's murder on 31 September 2017 and was given a mandatory life sentence.[270] The Caballeros were reportedly granted full membership to the Bandidos as a result of McNamara's actions.[271] Road Tramps members Seamus Duggan, James McCormack and Raymond Neilon pleaded guilty to the robbery of McNamara and were given probation in October 2017.[272]

The first Bandidos chapter in Ireland was formed in Limerick in October 2016. The initiation ceremony was attended by influential Bandidos members from across Europe, and was observed by Gardai and Belgian police.[273]

Netherlands[edit]

The first Bandidos chapter in the Netherlands was established in Sittard on 15 March 2014 following a patch-over of a No Surrender chapter, and the club has since been under continuous attention by the Dutch law enforcement.[274] The Dutch Bandidos are closely allied with Satudarah, as both clubs have the Hells Angels as common enemy.[10] The day after the chapter's formation, an attack with explosives was carried out on the home of Bandidos president Harrie Ramakers, who was previously the vice-president of the Hells Angels' nomads chapter before defecting.[275] The explosion not only left Ramakers' house badly damaged, but also surrounding houses and parked cars. On 22 March 2014, another attack on his home damaged only a window of his house and a car window.[276] A second Bandidos chapter, also a former No Surrender branch, was founded in Alkmaar on 26 March 2014.[277] A fire was started at the Alkmaar chapter clubhouse located in Heerhugowaard on 29 March 2014, the first night in which there was no police surveillance on the premises.[278] On 7 May 2014, another attack was carried out on the residence of a member of the Bandidos, this time in the town of Susteren. Five houses and a car were damaged in the explosion, which was caused by a hand grenade.[279]

Harrie Ramakers was sentenced to ten months in prison on 21 July 2014 for prohibited weapons possession and possession of drugs. He and four other men, three of whom were members of the Bandidos, were arrested in March and police discovered weapons in his car and a large quantity of drugs at his residence in Geleen.[280] Ramakers is furthermore a suspect in several murder investigations.[281]

On 27 May 2015, a large police operation and raids on thirty locations across Limburg, Brabant and neighboring regions in Belgium and Germany, including several homes of club members, led to the discovery of five rocket launchers, many automatic weapons, explosives and illegal fireworks.[282] The raid was part of an ongoing police investigation involving large-scale drug trafficking; twenty people were arrested and accused of synthesizing and dealing of hard drugs, extortion and money laundering.[282]

A third Dutch Bandidos chapter was formed in Nijmegen in January 2017.[283]

On 20 December 2017, the Court of Utrecht, on the application of the public prosecutor, declared the activities of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club to be contrary to public order and, on the same grounds, banned and dissolved its Dutch faction.[284] "The prohibition will stop behavior that may disrupt or disrupts our society," was stated by the judge. The ban took effect immediately.[285] However, on 24 April 2020, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled that, while the national branch of the club remains banned, local chapters are permitted to continue.[286]

New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand's first Bandidos chapter was founded in South Auckland in 2012 by club members deported from Australia.[287] A second chapter was established after the club patched over a branch of the Rock Machine in Christchurch in November 2013. At that time, it was reported that there were more than twenty full-patched members in the country.[288]

Three Bandidos associates – Jesse James Winter, Alvin Rivesh Kumar and Nicholas Andrew Hanson, a club prospect – were imprisoned for a combined twenty-five years and nine months in November 2017 for the assault and stabbing of a man in Christchurch on 30 August 2015. Stephanie Jane McGrath, the woman who planned the attack, was also sentenced to six years in prison.[289]

Bandidos member Adrian Le'Ca was sentenced to fifteen years and nine months' imprisonment in February 2018 after pleading guilty to charges relating to the importation and possession for supply of methamphetamine and cocaine. Another man, Fred Uputaua, was sentenced to thirteen years and nine months in prison in September 2017 while Le'Ca's sister, Queenie Anne Matthews, and nephew, Meinata Piahana, were also convicted in the case and both were sentenced to eleven months' home detention in November 2017. The convictions followed Operation Cossack, a seven-month joint operation between Counties Manukau Police and the New Zealand Customs Service which recovered 14.9 kg of methamphetamine and 1.9 kg of cocaine in October 2016.[290] Police stated that the drugs had been imported with the help of the Thailand chapter of the Bandidos.[291]

Norway[edit]

Main articles: Nordic Biker War and 1997 Drammen bombing

Bandidos headquarters in Oslo.

The National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS, or Kripos) considers the Bandidos an organized criminal motorcycle club.[292] According to figures found in the Norwegian National Police Directorate for 2014, 62% of Bandidos members in Norway had previous criminal convictions.[293] The club has five chapters and approximately forty members in the country.[294] The Norwegian Bandidos are affiliated with the Chicanos[295] and X-Team,[296] and are allied with the Outlaws.[297]

The Bandidos were founded in Norway in 1995 during the Nordic Biker War, a conflict in which they feuded with the Hells Angels over territory and control of the drug trade.[298] The war started in southern Sweden in January 1994 when the Morbids Motorcycle Club, a small club with only six members, refused to capitulate to the Hells Angels and instead aligned themselves with the Bandidos. This affiliation drew the Bandidos into the conflict, which reached Norway on 19 February 1995 when there was a shooting involving members of Rabies MC and Customizers MC in Oslo. Customizers fired at Rabies members riding in a car, leaving one man wounded. Rabies later patched over to the Bandidos, while the Customizers joined the Hells Angels.[294] On 17 December 1995, two leading members of the Bronx '95 – a club founded in 1995 that was given hangaround status by the Bandidos and was intended to be the precursor to a Bandidos chapter in Trondheim – were shot and wounded while riding in a car. Three Hells Angels members were indicted for the shooting, but were acquitted of attempted murder in December 1996.[299] The incident effectively stopped the founding of a Bandidos chapter in Trondheim, a city that has since been seen as Hells Angels territory.[300] On 15 January 1996, a bomb was detonated at the clubhouse of Hells Angels hangaround club Screwdriver MC in Hamar, and on 18 January 1996, the Hells Angels Norway headquarters in Oslo was firebombed.[301] On 10 March 1996, the Hells Angels carried out twin attacks on Bandidos members returning from a weekend meeting in Helsinki, Finland; one attack took place at Kastrup Airport outside Copenhagen, Denmark, and the other at Oslo's Fornebu airport. The target of the ambush at Fornebu was Lars Harnes, who was shot and wounded with a handgun in the airport's arrivals lobby.[301] Hells Angels Oslo chapter president Torkjell "Rotta" ("Rat") Alsaker was found guilty of shooting Harnes and sentenced to three years in prison in November 1998.[302][303] On 15 July 1996, Bandidos Sweden members Michael Garcia Lerche Olsen and Jan Krogh Jensen were travelling to the Bandidos chapter in Drammen when they were intercepted and ambushed by Hells Angels members at Mjøndalen. Several shots were fired from a semi-automatic 7.65 caliber pistol, one of which hit Krogh Jensen in the head and killed him. It has been speculated that Lerche Olsen, a former member of the Hells Angels' Copenhagen chapter who was expelled from the club and later went on to become president of the Bandidos' chapter in Kattarp, near Helsingborg, was the intended target.[304] A Hells Angels member was acquitted of murdering Krogh Jensen on 11 June 1998[305] and the investigation into the killing was closed in 2000.[306] On 19 July 1996, four days after Krogh Jensen's death, a car occupied by a Hells Angels member and a companion was targeted in a drive-by shooting in Oslo; no one was injured. Two people associated with the Bandidos were charged in the case, and police believe the shooting was a retaliation for the killing of Jan Krogh Jensen. A car bomb exploded outside the Hells Angels clubhouse in Oslo on 30 October 1996; no persons were injured. A motorcycle shop in Alnabru, Oslo, where two Bandidos members worked, was bombed on 13 March 1997. No one was injured, and two men were charged in the case.[307] On 4 June 1997, the Bandidos' clubhouse in Drammen was reduced to rubble when a van bomb was detonated outside, killing Irene Astrid Bækkevold, a fifty-one-year-old woman who was driving past in her car. Her husband was among twenty-two people injured, none of whom were motorcycle club members.[308][309] After a four-and-a-half year investigation, seven men associated with the Hells Angels, including the Angels' national president Torkjell Alsaker, were convicted for their roles in the bombing.[310] Irene Bækkevold was the second civilian killed in the biker war, and the subsequent public backlash and increasing scrutiny from law enforcement forced the Bandidos and Hells Angels to end their conflict. The war formally concluded on 25 September 1997, as Danish representatives from both clubs called a truce and agreed to divide territory of criminal activity into geographical areas, and to cease expansion in the Nordic countries.[311] Since then, a cold war over territory and members has emerged in Norway, with the Bandidos allied with the Outlaws on one side, and the Hells Angels allied with the Coffin Cheaters on the other.[297]

Central figures of the Bandidos in Drammen started a debt collection agency called Bandidos Kapital & Invest in September 1999.[312] The company closed in February 2000 after it had been the subject of numerous police complaints and allegations of improper practices.[313]

After its founding in 2003, the Bandidos chapter in Kristiansand quickly took control of the local amphetamine market by coercing the local dealers into sourcing their drugs from the Bandidos or paying a 20% tax. A wave of violence and threats was carried out against a substantial number of drug dealers in the area.[314]

The president of the Bandidos' Fredrikstad chapter was sentenced to three years in prison for drug possession in November 2007. He had been found in possession of nineteen-and-a-half kilograms of hashish in November 2005. Two Moroccan dealers whom the Bandidos president sourced the drugs from were also convicted.[315]

Bandidos members were involved in a bar brawl that left a pub proprietor and two patrons injured in Fredrikstad on 17 April 2008. Five club members left the scene in a car which was later found at the Bandidos' clubhouse in Borge, where seven people were arrested.[316] In April 2009, three were found guilty of partaking in the violence and sentenced to six months', one-hundred-and-twenty days' and ninety days' prison sentences, while another two were acquitted.[317]

In October 2009, five Bandidos members were among eight men convicted of the extortion of an auto shop in Fredrikstad which took place in January 2009. The five bikers had been hired by three former employees of the shop to pressure the owner for both money and assets. One of the convicted men was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, while the other seven were sentenced to six months'.[318] After a retrial in January 2011, the five club members were again found guilty and were sentenced to a combined twenty-one years in prison.[319]

Three former Bandidos members were acquitted of anti-organized crime legislation charges, but were convicted of extortion and accepting money to carry out contract killings along with a fourth man by Jæren District Court in July 2013.[320]

Twelve Bandidos were arrested as approximately one-hundred-and-twenty club members gathered in Oslo for an international meeting in August 2013. Four Swedish bikers with criminal records were arrested and deported, three Norwegian members were arrested for drug possession, and six others – five German and one Polish – were refused entry to the country upon arrival at the airport.[321]

Police carried out a raid at the Bandidos' clubhouse in Randesund, Fredrikstad on 11 April 2014 and arrested two men and a woman. The raid was executed after another man had been found in possession of a small quantity of drugs after leaving the clubhouse.[322]

Several people were arrested following a drug raid on the Bandidos' clubhouse in Porsgrunn on 23 January 2020.[323]

Portugal[edit]

On 24 March 2018, a group of Bandidos members meeting at a restaurant in Prior Velho were attacked by approximately twenty members of the Hells Angels armed with knives, sticks, iron bars and hammers. Seven people were injured, including three in serious condition. One of those most seriously hurt was a German Bandidos chapter president. Authorities believe a potential target of the attack was Mário Machado, a member of the Bandidos-affiliated Red & Gold gang and former leader of the Portuguese Hammerskins, who escaped harm as he was late to the meeting.[324] Machado previously shot in the leg and wounded Pedro "Thor" Silva, president of the Hells Angels' nomads faction on the Algarve, in 2009 after Silva did not authorize the formation of a skinhead group in the area.[325]

Sweden[edit]

Main article: Nordic Biker War

A villa in Huddingeused as a headquarters by the Bandidos. The club was evicted from the premises in 2013.[326]

Police in Sweden believe that the Bandidos Motorcycle Club makes money primarily through illegal activities, including drug offenses, violent crimes, protection activities, robberies, extortion, weapons offenses, illegal gambling, money laundering and other economic crimes.[327] According to a police report from 2018, 88% of Bandidos members in the country are convicted criminals, having been convicted of a total of 2,096 crimes.[328] The Swedish Bandidos have run extensive extortion rackets by offering restaurants and bars "protection" from other criminal gangs.[329] The club has eight chapters in Sweden[330] and has prominently recruited members of non-Swedish ethnicity.[331] Affiliates of the Bandidos in Sweden include the Chicanos, Diablos and X-Team.[332]

The Bandidos were established in Sweden after patching over the Morbids Motorcycle Club in Helsingborg as a probationary chapter in January 1994. The chapter formally became full-patch Bandidos on 28 January 1995.[333] The Morbids had previously acted as a Hells Angels hangaround club and vied with other clubs for the right to become the Angels' first Swedish chapter; the Malmö-based Dirty Dräggels proved victorious in that contest when they were patched over on 27 February 1993. The Morbids were later offered a path to Hells Angels membership on the condition that they merge with the Rebels, a rival club with whom they had previously clashed. Rejecting the offer, they instead aligned with the Danish Bandidos chapter. Shortly after the founding of the Helsingborg Bandidos, the Rebels – a Hells Angels support club at that point – carried out a shooting attack on the Bandidos' clubhouse. A second attack on the clubhouse was launched a week later, on 26 January 1994, when Hells Angels member Thomas Möller fired a high-caliber submachine gun from the roof of a van, resulting in a Bandidos member losing a finger.[133] On 13 February 1994, fifteen Danish Bandidos members were ambushed by Hells Angels associates at a club in Helsingborg, resulting in thirteen gunshots being fired and Hells Angels-affiliated Rednecks member Joakim Boman being shot dead. At least two others – Hells Angels hangaround Johnny Larsen and a Bandidos member – were wounded.[214] This signaled the beginning of the Nordic Biker War, a turf war involving the Bandidos, Hells Angels and numerous support clubs which escalated into Finland, Norway then Denmark and lasted for over three years. The Bandidos and their support clubs are suspected by police in at least thirty-six break-ins that occurred at Swedish and Danish Army weapons depots between 1994 and 1997, resulting in the theft of at least sixteen Bofors anti-tank missiles, ten machine guns, around three-hundred handguns, sixty-seven fully-automatic rifles, two-hundred-and-five rifles of various calibres, hundreds of hand grenades and land mines, and seventeen kilograms of explosives plus detonators.[133] A Bandidos member killed a fellow inmate at Helsingborg prison in November 1994.[334] On 17 July 1995, Bandidos Sweden president Michael "Joe" Ljunggren was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle on the E4 south of Markaryd in Småland. He had been returning from a meeting with the Undertakers Motorcycle Club – a Finnish club that became a Bandidos probationary chapter the following month before being patched over in October 1996 – in Helsinki. Ljunggren's murder remains a cold case,[335] and there have been differing theories surrounding his killing. One assumption is that he was followed and killed by the Helsinki Hells Angels (Undertakers members fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Angels' clubhouse in Helsinki eight days after Ljunggren's murder in a presumed revenge attack), while another is that he was killed by his own club in an internal feud.[331] The Bandidos fired an anti-tank missile into the Hells Angels' clubhouse in Hasslarp on 31 July 1995. Dan Lynge, a Danish police officer who infiltrated the club, carried out surveillance on the compound with a Swedish Bandidos prospect in the days before the attack.[336] On 6 December 1995, a shootout involving two vehicles took place on a motorway outside Helsingborg, leaving a Hells Angels member with a leg wound.[134] A hand grenade left by the car of a Hells Angels hangaround in Helsingborg on 29 February 1996 failed to explode. Another gunfight between two cars happened in Helsingborg on 5 March 1996, resulting in a Bandidos prospect suffering serious injuries.[134] In the early hours of 11 April 1996, the Hells Angels' compound in Hasslarp was targeted again, this time with two rockets. The clubhouse was severely damaged, but no-one was injured or killed.[337] Bandidos Sweden president Mikael "Mike" Svensson was shot in the leg while driving near the Hells Angels' Hasslarp headquarters on 23 July 1996. His car was hit by several bullets.[338] On 4 August 1996, a Hells Angel was injured by gunfire while driving his car in Helsingborg. On 27 August 1996, sixteen rounds were fired at the car of a Bandidos member in Stockholm, although he was not hit.[301] The following day, the vice-president of the Hells Angels' Helsingborg chapter survived being shot three times after he was attacked by three men at his garage. Bandidos and Hells Angels are believed to have exchanged fire on a Helsingborg street on 15 September 1996.[134] A rocket was fired on the Hells Angels' Helsingborg chapter on 24 September 1996, and a similar operation was conducted against the same clubhouse four days later. A missile launcher was tied to the second story of an adjacent abandoned factory, and a string rigged to the trigger and attached to the Bandidos' getaway car pulled the cord. The rocket cut through electrical wires over a railway track before hitting the compound. Two hand grenades and a smoke grenade were also thrown into the building. There were no injuries in either attack.[133] On 3 October 1996, a large explosion outside the Hells Angels clubhouse in Malmö injured four people and caused widespread damage to buildings within several hundred yards. Four bikers inside the building were not injured, and twenty families had to be evacuated from their homes.[339] A member of the Bandidos' Helsingborg chapter was involved in a shootout outside his home on 13 January 1997 with two people who fled by car. A member of the Stockholm Hells Angels later visited a hospital with a bullet wound. On 22 March 1997, yet another anti-tank missile was fired at the Helsingborg Hells Angels clubhouse. This time, the grenade failed to explode. The clubhouse of the Aphuset Motorcycle Club – a Bandidos support club – was bombed on 28 April 1997. A simultaneous bombing of a garage used by Bandidos supporters was also carried out. Internal pressure, as well as increased scrutiny from law enforcement and public backlash – particularly in Denmark and Norway, where innocent bystanders had been killed in attacks by bikers – brought an end to the conflict, which officially ceased on 25 September 1997 when the rival clubs established a truce.[134]

The Bandidos and Hells Angels remained the dominant gangs in Sweden until the mid-2000s when street gangs began to appear, challenging the bikers' monopoly over the country's criminal rackets.[340] In response to the changing criminal landscape, the Bandidos formed the X-Team, a street gang whose members act as the Bandidos' foot soldiers and carry out street-level crime.[341]

Bandidos Sweden president Mehdi Seyyed was sentenced to nine years in prison on 14 January 2009 for two counts of attempted murder. He bombed two cars in Gothenburg, on 19 and 20 September 2006, with hand grenades, in acts of revenge as the victims had previously testified against him. Four other Bandidos members received shorter sentences for their involvement in the attacks. Testimony in the case was provided by a former X-Team member whom Seyyed had previously assaulted.[342]

Andreas Olsson, president of the Stockholm Bandidos, was arrested in October 2006 after 3.6 kilograms of amphetamine were found in his backpack as he returned from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was sentenced to a ten-year prison sentence.[343]

Patrick Huisman, the president of the Ludvika Bandidos and a former member of White Aryan Resistance and the Brödraskapet, was arrested in April 2007 and charged with extortion. He was sentenced to one year and six months in prison.[344]

In July 2007, Bandidos Säffle chapter president Anders Gustafsson was charged with the attempted extortion of kr

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Rival gang members indicted for alleged roles in shootout at Central Lubbock restaurant


Members of rival motorcycle gangs were indicted Tuesday for their alleged roles in a November shootout between two biker gangs at a Central Lubbock restaurant. 

Alfredo Paez, a reported member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and reported Kinfolk Motorcycle Club members Michael Roberts, 36 and Danny Gollihugh, 41, are charged with a count of engaging in organized criminal activity namely aggravated assault, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of five years to life in prison.

The Bandidos and Kinfolk motorcycle clubs are considered by law enforcement to be rival criminal street gangs, according to court documents. 

The charge stems from a Nov. 12 shooting between the Bandidos and Kinfolk motorcycle clubs at the 50th Street Caboose in the 5000 block of 50th Street. Lubbock police responded to a 10:30 p.m. call about a gang shooting at the restaurant but found no victims at the scene. 

However, a later call came in about one person, later identified as a Bandidos member, taken by private vehicle to Covenant Medical Center for a gunshot wound in his lower right leg and left arm, according to court records. 

A restaurant employee told police Kinfolk members were playing pool when a Bandidos member approached them and started an altercation, according to an arrest warrant. 

Footage from the business' security cameras showed four Kinfolk members including Roberts and Gollihugh playing pool when five Bandidos members, including Paez, enter the restaurant. 

One of the Bandidos members, later identified as the man who was shot, could be seen approaching Roberts and pointing at one of him.

Roberts could be seen drawing a pistol and making a feinting motion at the Bandidos member, who grabs a pool ball and appears to threaten to throw it at the Kinfolk members. 

Gollihugh and another Kinfolk member could be seen drawing firearms and the Bandidos member sets the ball down and walks to the north door. 

Meanwhile, Paez could be seen drawing his pistol as the altercation unfolds, taking cover in a corner out of view of the Kinfolk members. 

The Bandidos members, except Paez, could be seen quickly leaving the area, but gathering outside the entrance. The Bandidos member who challenged the Kinfolks could be seen standing in the doorway as the Kinfolk members aim their guns at the doors and windows. 

Roberts could be seen firing his gun at the entrance where the Bandidos gathered, injuring one of them, court records state.  

Paez could be seen heading off camera to a south doorway. However, a hand gun emerges through the doorway and multiple shots are fired. 

Investigators believe Paez fired 10 rounds at the Kinfolk members before running out of the restaurant. Multiple restaurant patrons were in the line of Paez's fire, the warrant states. 

A Texas Anti-Gang Unit investigator identified Paez, Gollihigh and another Kinfolk member. Warrants for their arrests were issued on Nov. 13. 

Gollihugh was arrested Nov. 18 during a traffic stop. One of his passengers was identified as Roberts, who matched the description of the Kinfolk member who reportedly fired first at the Bandidos. Roberts was arrested on an unrelated warrant and was served with the warrant in connection with the shooting while he was being interviewed at the Major Crimes Unit. 

Roberts and Gollihugh were booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Roberts was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released on bond on Nov. 17.

Paez was arrested Dec. 3 and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center with a bond set at $100,000. Court records show he bonded out of jail on Dec. 16. 

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Bandidos Motorcycle Club

Motorcycle gang and organized crime syndicate

"Bandidos" redirects here. For the 1967 film, see Bandidos (film).

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Bandido Nation,[1] is a one percenter motorcycle club[6][7][8] with a worldwide membership. Formed in San Leon, Texas in 1966, the Bandidos MC is estimated to have between 2,000 and 2,500 members[5] and 303 chapters, located in 22 countries,[4] making it the second-largest motorcycle club in the world behind the Hells Angels.[9]

Numerous law enforcement and international intelligence agencies classify the Bandidos as an organized crime syndicate.[10][11]

History[edit]

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club was founded by 36-year-old dockworker Donald Eugene Chambers on March 4, 1966, in San Leon, Texas.[12] Chambers named the club in honor of the Mexican bandits who lived by their own rules, and he recruited members from biker bars locally in Houston as well as in Corpus Christi, Galveston, and San Antonio.[12] Like other outlaw motorcycle clubs, they call themselves "one percenters", a phrase coined by the former president of the American Motorcyclist Association who once stated that 99 percent of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens and 1 percent "outlaws."[12] By the early 1970s, the club had over one hundred members, including many Vietnam War veterans.[12]

Ronald Jerome "Ronnie" Hodge took over from Chambers as the Bandidos' president in 1972. Hodge was nicknamed "Mr. Prospect" because of the short amount of time in which he was awarded his club membership, and he later became known as "Step Mother" in deference to Chambers' moniker "Mother".[13] Under Hodge's leadership, the Bandidos became an international motorcycle club when the first foreign chapter was established in Sydney, Australia in 1983. The Australian branch was founded by Anthony Mark "Snodgrass" Spencer, who had previously encountered Bandidos members during a visit to the United States.[14] Ronnie Hodge was sentenced to five years in prison in December 1988 for conspiring to bomb homes and automobiles belonging to members of a rival club, and he died of heart disease in 1992.[15][12]

In 1989, the club was established in Europe when a chapter was formed in Marseille, France.[16] Subsequent expansion into the Nordic countries in the 1990s led to a violent feud with the Hells Angels.[17] The third Bandidos international president, James Edward "Sprocket" Lang, as well as his successor, Charles Craig "Jaws" Johnston, were each sentenced to ten years' imprisonment on drug charges in November 1998.[18] George Wegers, who served as international president between 1998 and 2005, was convicted of racketeering charges in October 2006.[19]

The Bandidos embarked on a failed endeavor to establish themselves in Canada between 2000 and 2007 after merging with the Quebec-based Rock Machine Motorcycle Club.[20]

According to the club's website, the Bandidos' Western Hemisphere chapters became autonomous from the international chapters in Europe and Australia on July 17, 2007.[21] The American chapters began wearing a redesigned patch in 2011.[22]

Insignia[edit]

The Bandidos' insignia, known as the "Fat Mexican", consists of a caricature of a Mexican bandit wearing a sombrero and holding a sword in one hand and a pistol in the other.[23] The design is credited to the club's founder, Donald Chambers.[24] The "Fat Mexican" bears a resemblance to the Frito Bandito – a cartoon mascot of the Fritos corn chips brand – and according to Bandidos lore, Chambers took the club's name and logo from the mascot.[25] However, the Frito Bandito was not developed until 1967, the year after the Bandidos' foundation.[24] In addition to the "Fat Mexican" and diamond-shaped "1%er" emblems, club members also wear other patches on leather or denim vests – known as colors. These patches consist of red lettering displayed on a gold background. The Bandidos' colors were inspired by those of the United States Marine Corps and chosen by Chambers, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.[5] Patches denoting a member's rank and chapter are worn, as are various other patches which have specific meanings. Although the particular meaning of each patch is not publicly known, various law enforcement agencies have identified Bandidos patches which they believe are related to criminal activity.[26] For example, police have reported that the "Expect No Mercy" patch is awarded to those who have committed murder on behalf of the club, while the "TCB" ("Taking Care of Business") patch is worn by club officers and nomads. Similar to the "Expect No Mercy" patch, the "CDG" ("Coup de Grâce") patch reportedly signifies a member who has committed a significant act of violence.[27]

The Bandidos' mottos include "Cut one, we all bleed",[9] "God forgives, Bandidos don't",[1] "Our colors don't run"[28] and "We are the people our parents warned us about".[29] Another, more generic, saying of the club is "Bandidos forever, forever Bandidos" ("BFFB").[30]

Membership[edit]

Bandidos members must be male[31] and own at least one Harley-Davidson motorcycle (although other American-made motorcycles can also be allowed).[32] Prospective members must undertake a three-stage process before being initiated, beginning as a "hangaround", before becoming a "prospect" and then "probation". The length of this process is decided by each chapter president, and ends when the chapter's members vote unanimously to allow the probationary member to enter the club. A screening process is carried out to prevent infiltration by law enforcement. Upon joining the Bandidos, each member must sign their motorcycle over to the club.[32]

Each club chapter follows a structured hierarchy, with a president, vice-president, sergeant-at-arms, road captain and secretary/treasurer. Members must abide by various by-laws, such as not wearing the club patch while riding in a car or truck, and are required to attend meetings (known as "Church") four times per month.[33] These rules also dictate that any member who fails to attend mandatory group motorcycle rides is fined and must forfeit the title of his motorcycle.[34] Another requirement is that Bandidos must follow the philosophy "All members are your brothers and your family", and must "not fear authority and have a general disdain for the rules of society". Any member who cooperates with law enforcement, for example, is susceptible to disciplinary action. All Bandidos regalia, including tattoos, is considered club property. Membership fees are required, and are used to cover club expenses, such as funeral costs, and contribute to a legal defense fund.[32] Club bylaws state that any member who commits suicide will not receive a Bandidos funeral.[35]

The Bandidos have an estimated membership of between 2,000 and 2,500 worldwide.[5] In the United States, the majority of the club consists of white and Hispanic males.[12]

Organization[edit]

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is organized by local chapters, with state and regional officers, as well as a national chapter made up of four regional vice-presidents and a national president. The leadership of the club consists of an international president, known as "El Presidente", who has authority over every club chapter.[33] The club also has nomad chapters, made up of members not bound by geographical location, which are responsible for security, counterintelligence and internal discipline.[33][36] The Bandidos' "mother chapter" is based in Houston, Texas.[3]

The club has 303 chapters worldwide, located in twenty-two countries in North America, Oceania, Europe and Asia.[4]

North America[edit]

The United States is home to ninety-three Bandidos chapters, located in sixteen states.[5] The club is concentrated in Texas[37] but extends into Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Washington and Oklahoma.[38]

The Bandidos expanded into Canada following a merger with the Rock Machine Motorcycle Club in Quebec in 2000. After establishing further chapters in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba, the club's operations in Canada ceased in November 2007 as a result of infighting, law enforcement efforts, and pulled status from the club's American leadership.[39]

Oceania[edit]

The first Australian chapter was formed in 1983, in Sydney, by former members of the Comanchero Motorcycle Club.[40] The club has since expanded substantially in Australia and there are forty-five Bandidos chapters throughout the country.[41]

The Bandidos have a small but growing presence in New Zealand after a rocky start in 2012.[42][43] They claim to have more than a dozen patched members and prospects in the Christchurch area.[44]

Europe[edit]

Bandidos clubhouse in Bochum, Germany.

There are approximately ninety Bandidos chapters in Europe.[45] The first European chapter opened in Marseille in France in 1989.[46] This was followed by expansion into the Nordic countries, with branches being established in Denmark in 1993,[47] Sweden in 1994,[48] and Finland and Norway in 1995.[49][50]

The German department of the Bandidos was chartered in 2000.[51] Chapters were then founded in Italy in 2001[52] and on the Channel Islands in 2003.[53]

The Bandidos formed its first chapter in the Netherlands in 2014. The club was prohibited in the country in 2017, however.[54]

In recent years the club has also expanded heavily into Spain, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, England and Ireland. Additionally, it is reportedly considering establishing a presence in Russia and Eastern Europe.[55][56]

Asia[edit]

In 2001, the Bandidos were established in Thailand via a merger with the Diablos Motorcycle Club in Pattaya. The club further expanded to Malaysia and Singapore in 2006.[57]

The first chapter opened in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2016 and it is considered the first international motorcycle club to open in the Middle East.[58]

Support clubs[edit]

Like the Hells Angels,[59][60][61] the Bandidos also have a number of "support" clubs.[6][62][63][64] These groups usually wear reverse colors (gold border with red background rather than the Bandidos' red-border–and–gold background). They also commonly wear a unique patch (known as the "Heart Patch") consisting of a round patch in Bandidos colors on the front upper left of the colors (vest), as worn by the member. Most of these clubs are regional.[65][66] Some of the most notable Bandidos MC support clubs include the Chicanos Motorcycle Club, the Diablos Motorcycle Club and the X-Team.

Criminal allegations and incidents[edit]

Main article: Bandidos MC criminal allegations and incidents

The United States Department of Justice and Europol consider the Bandidos to be a criminal organization.[67][11] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) also identify the club as one of the "big four" motorcycle gangs, along with the Hells Angels, Outlaws and Pagans, and contend that the club is responsible for organized crime activity such as drug dealing, arms trafficking, prostitution, extortion, money laundering and murder.[68][10][69]

While individual chapters had previously been banned in Germany, the Netherlands became the first country to prohibit the club as a whole in December 2017 when a court in Utrecht outlawed both the Dutch department of the Bandidos and the international organization on the grounds that the club forms a threat to public order.[70]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcGod Forgives, Bandidos Don’tCrikey (2 May 2006)
  2. ^ abcKessler, Mori (August 27, 2013). "Law agencies prep, keep watch, as outlaw biker club rides in for holiday weekend | St George News". St George News. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  3. ^ abBandidos Motorcycle Club bandidosmcunitedstates.com
  4. ^ abcNumber of Hells Angels charters and Bandidos chapters worldwideStatista (May 24, 2012)
  5. ^ abcdeDurando, Jessica (May 18, 2015). "Bandidos: 5 things to know about second-most dangerous motorcycle gang | USA Today". USA Today. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  6. ^ abBarker, Tom (September 2005). "One Percent Biker Clubs -- A Description". Trends in Organized Crime. 9 (1). Springer New York. pp. 101–112. doi:10.1007/s12117-005-1005-0. ISSN 1084-4791.
  7. ^2003 Annual Report Organized Crime in Canada(PDF). Crime Intelligence Service Canada. 2003. ISBN . Archived from the original(PDF) on 2008-12-18.
  8. ^"FBI and DEA arrest top Bandidos Motorcycle Leaders in San Antonio, Houston". San Antonio Express-News.
  9. ^ abHow the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs Michael E. Miller, The Washington Post (May 18, 2015)
  10. ^ ab2005 National Gang Threat Assessment National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association (2005)
  11. ^ abOutlaw motorcycle gangsEuropol
  12. ^ abcdefTexas Monthly: "The Gang’s All Here" by Skip Hollansworth APRIL 2007
  13. ^History BandidosMC.eu
  14. ^Milperra - the spark that started the bikie violence Paul Kent, The Daily Telegraph (11 April 2009)
  15. ^Explosives Incidents ReportBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (1988)
  16. ^Rockerclubs in BerlinBerliner Morgenpost (11 February 2008)
  17. ^Biker wars dredge up something rotten in the state of Denmark Sarah Helm, The Independent (12 May 1996)
  18. ^Leader of bike gang gets 5 yearsSan Antonio Express-News (November 4, 1998)
  19. ^Johnson, Gene (2006). "Bandidos Leader Sentenced to 20 Months". FoxNews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  20. ^Bandidos abandon Canadian expansion Peter Edwards, Toronto Star (18 October 2007)
  21. ^USA Based Motorcycle Clubs kicking out or shutting down chapters overseas. Was it smart expanding into different countries in the first place? HarleyLiberty.com (May 15, 2018)
  22. ^Ex-Bandido says national president kicked predecessor out over TV interview Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News (April 6, 2018)
  23. ^Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Aspects of the One-Percenter Culture for Emergency Department Personnel to Consider Anand N. Bosmia, James F. Quinn, Todd B. Peterson, Christoph J. Griessenauer, and R. Shane Tubbs, National Center for Biotechnology Information (July 15, 2014)
  24. ^ abAre the Bandidos Named After A Corn Chip Mascot? Amrita Khalid, Bustle (May 19, 2015)
  25. ^12 facts about the biker gangs involved in the Twin Peaks shooting Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News (May 18, 2015)
  26. ^Ein Bandido packt aus Melanie Pothman, Westfälische Rundschau (6 November 2009)
  27. ^Polisen: Det betyder märkena på Bandidosvästarna Sandra Divinyi, Göteborgs-Posten (17 June 2016)
  28. ^Who Are The Bandidos?CityNews (16 June 2006)
  29. ^'We are the people our parents warned us about' Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle (June 6, 2015)
  30. ^The Gang’s All Here Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly (April 2007)
  31. ^Can Women Join Motorcycle Clubs? Abby Johnston, Bustle (May 21, 2015)
  32. ^ abc20 Rules The Bandidos Make Their Members Follow Andre Nalin, TheThings.com (September 3, 2019)
  33. ^ abcThe Infamous ‘One Percenters’: A Review of the Criminality, Subculture, and Structure of Modern Biker Gangs Danielle Shields (2012)
  34. ^Federal indictment details life, self-law of Bandidos Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle (January 7, 2016)
  35. ^The Fat Mexican Alex Caine (2009)
  36. ^Into The Abyss: A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs Mike Carlie, Missouri State University (2002)
  37. ^Waco biker shoot-out: Facts about the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle gangsNewsbeat (18 May 2015)
  38. ^Outlaw motorcycle gangs – USA overviewNational Institute of Justice (1991)
  39. ^Hells Angels under pressure as outlaw motorcycle clubs from across the globe expand into Canada Adrian Humphreys, National Post (6 June 2015)
  40. ^James Morton, Susanna Lobez (2010). Dangerous to Know: An Australasian Crime Compendium. Melbourne University Publishing. ISBN .
  41. ^Australian Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs & their Territories Rhys McKay, Who (27 March 2019)
  42. ^"Notorious gangs eye up Christchurch". The Press. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  43. ^"Bad News travels fast - back to prison", 15/07/2012, stuff.co.nz
  44. ^"Christchurch gangs face police scrutiny", 15/12/2014, BLAIR ENSOR, stuff.co.nz
  45. ^Biker club 'in Channel Islands'BBC News (19 October 2007)
  46. ^Les bikers vers une nouvelle guerre Alain Lallemand, Le Soir (12 November 2014)
  47. ^Two killed in rocket attack in escalating biker gang violenceThe Irish Times (7 October 1996)
  48. ^Sweden Democrats oust former biker gang bossThe Local (1 November 2014)
  49. ^Bandidoksen Suomen johtajan ampunut mies pääsee vankilasta vapaaksi Asta Tenhunen, Savon Sanomat (9 March 2017)
  50. ^Politiet åpent til stede på Bandidos-jubileumAftenposten (22 October 2010)
  51. ^Motorradclubs und ihre UnterstützerBerliner Morgenpost (24 November 2008)
  52. ^Les Gangs de Motards Criminalisés: Une expansion internationale Xavier Raufer, Institut de Criminologie de Paris
  53. ^Inside the biker gangs: the truth about guns, drugs and organised crimeBelfast Telegraph (4 July 2008)
  54. ^Court bans Dutch arm of Bandidos motorcycle gangBelfast Telegraph (20 December 2017)
  55. ^Walter Roberts. Biker Gangs. RW Press. pp. 10–. ISBN .
  56. ^Ronald M. Holmes; Richard Tewksbury; George Higgins (2 December 2011). Introduction to Gangs in America. CRC Press. pp. 86–. ISBN .
  57. ^History BMCAsia.com
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  59. ^Caine, Alex (2009). Befriend and Betray: Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods. Macmillan. p. 187. ISBN .
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  61. ^Hazlehurst, Cameron (1998). Gangs and youth subcultures: international explorations. Transaction Publishers. p. 18. ISBN .
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  65. ^"A m i g o s M C". A m i g o s M C. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  66. ^"Hombres MC • Seattle • Wash • Chapter - WELCOME". Hombresmc.net. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
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  68. ^FBI 2013 National Gang Intelligence Center reportfbi.gov (2013)
  69. ^2004 Annual ReportArchived 2009-12-22 at the Wayback Machine- Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, cisc.gc.ca
  70. ^Dutch court bans motorcycle gang Bandidos Janene Pieters, NL Times (20 December 2017)

Books and newspaper articles[edit]

  • Winterhalder, Edward; De Clercq, Wil (2008), The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos - Bikers United Against the Hells Angels, ECW Press, ISBN 
  • Winterhalder, Edward (2006), Out in Bad Standings: Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club - the Making of a Worldwide Dynasty, Blockhead City Press, ISBN 
  • Edwards, Peter (2010), The Bandido Massacre; A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, (ISBN 978-1-55468-044-3)
  • Coulthart, Ross and McNab, Duncan, Dead Man Running: An Insider's Story on One of the World's Most Feared Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, the Bandidos Allen & Unwin, 2008, (ISBN 1-74175-463-1)

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BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN from PORI wrote on 17. October 2021 at 15:01

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY VILLE FROM RIVERTOWN CHAPTER FINLAND TO YOUR NEW STATUS IN BANDIDO NATION

LOVE ,LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN
FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN from PORI wrote on 17. October 2021 at 14:57

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDOS MC PERLEBERG TO YOUR 15TH ANNIVERSERY

LOVE ,LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN
FINLAND

Midstate Chapter from Griffith wrote on 17. October 2021 at 11:12

On Behalf off Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter we would like to Congratulate Bandido Bulldog 1%er Mid-East Chapter on his new status as full patch member we done Brother

Love, Loyalty and Respect
Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter Australia

BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE from ROTTERDAM wrote on 17. October 2021 at 11:05

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDOS MC PERLEBERG ON THEIR 15TH ANNIVERSARY!!!
THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT HOSPITALITY AND THE AWESOME PARTY.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE, ROTTERDAM

BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE from ROTTERDAM wrote on 17. October 2021 at 11:04

FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY VILLE TERVAHAUTA FROM BMC CHAPTER RIVERTOWN, FINLAND ON HIS NEW STATUS

WELL DONE BROTHER

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE, ROTTERDAM

DIABLOS MC from FINLAND wrote on 17. October 2021 at 10:54

BIG FAT CONGRATS TO BANDIDO VILLE FROM BANDIDOS MC RIVERTOWN VANTAA FINLAND FOR YOUR NEW STATUS AS A PROBATIONARY.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
DIABLOS MC FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC MID-EAST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA from LEETON wrote on 17. October 2021 at 9:21

We like to congratulate Bandido Wally 1%er on his new position and Probationary Judd and Probationary Phil on their new positions.

Love, Loyalty and Respect
BANDIDOS MC MID-EAST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA

BANDIDOS MC MID-EAST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA from LEETON wrote on 17. October 2021 at 9:18

BANDIDOS MC MID-EAST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE BANDIDO BULLDOG 1%ER ON RECEIVING HIS BOTTOM ROCKER.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC MID-EAST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 17. October 2021 at 8:55

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY VILLE OF BMC RIVERTOWN FINLAND ON HIS NEW STATUS.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

BANDIDOS MC ESTONIA from TALLINN wrote on 17. October 2021 at 7:34

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO
BANDIDO PROBATIONARY VILLE "PIKKU-VILLE" TERVAHAUTA
ON HIS NEW STATUS.
WELL DONE!!!

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC TALLINN
ESTONIA

CENTRAL WEST CHAPTER AUSTRALIA from Central West wrote on 17. October 2021 at 6:18

On behalf of BANDIDOS MC CENTRAL WEST CHAPTER we would like to congratulate Bandido Wally 1%ER on your new full patch status and Bandido Probationary Phill on your new status. Well earned Brothers. BFFB

Love Loyalty and Respect
Bandidos MC Central West Chapter Australia

Midstate Chapter from Griffith wrote on 16. October 2021 at 19:22

On Behalf off Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter we would like to Congratulate Bandido Wally 1%er on his new status as full patch member also from Central West Congratulations to Probationary Phil on his new Status
Love Loyalty and Respect
Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter Australia

Bandido Damo 1%ER from Darwin wrote on 16. October 2021 at 8:45

Bandidos MC Top End Australia would like to congratulate Bandido Prospect Toby on your new status aswell as Bandido Tubby 1%ER for receiving Vice President . We wish our brother Bandido Mac 1% ER all the best with his move back to Newcastle I hope you enjoyed your time with us brother.

Love, Loyalty And Respect
Bandido Damo 1%ER
President Top End Australia

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 16. October 2021 at 8:27

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY MARTIN FROM BMC CHAPTER RÜGEN ON HIS NEW STATUS.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

Midstate Chapter from Griffith wrote on 16. October 2021 at 8:13

On Behalf off Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter we would like to Congratulate Probationary Judd on his new status and Diablo Lodmonsta on his new status.

Love, Loyalty and Respect
Bandidos MC Midstate Chapter Australia

BANDIDO TABASCO 1%er from Tacoma Washington USA wrote on 15. October 2021 at 23:13

CONGRATS TO PERLEBERG GERMANY CHAPTER ON YOUR 15TH ANNIVERSARY AND ESPECIALLY TO OUR GOOD BROTHER BANDIDO TODDI 1%er LAST ORIGINAL MEMBER. BRUDER ICH BIN STOLZ AUF DICH.
LAß UNS NOCH VIEL FEIERN. MACHS' GUT!!

BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE from ROTTERDAM wrote on 15. October 2021 at 14:40

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY MARTIN FROM BMC CHAPTER RÜGEN ON HIS NEW STATUS

WELL DONE BROTHER

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE, ROTTERDAM

BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN from KUNGÄLV wrote on 15. October 2021 at 3:25

CONGRATULATIONS TO TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER TO 25 YEARS. BANDIDOS ORGIAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND BANDIDO MARH 1%ER 10 YEARS FROM BANDIDOS MC DENMARK.

LOVE. LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN

BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN from KUNGÄLV wrote on 15. October 2021 at 3:21

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORD CITY CHAPTER NORWAY TO YOUR 15 YEARS IN BANDIDO-NATION.

LOVE. LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN

BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN from KUNGÄLV wrote on 15. October 2021 at 3:19

CONGRATULATIONS TO BMC PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND ON THEIR FULL PATCH STATUS AND WELCOME TO BMC AGDE, FRANCE IN BANDIDO-NATION

LOVE. LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC KUNGÄLV/SWEDEN

BANDIDOS MC FREDRIKSTAD from FREDRIKSTAD wrote on 14. October 2021 at 23:48

BIG FAT GRATULATION TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORDCITY ON HIS 15TH ANNIVERSARY.
LOVE, LOYALTY & RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC FREDRIKSTAD

BANDIDOS MC TALLINN ESTONIA from TALLINN wrote on 14. October 2021 at 22:00

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO
BANDIDO ARILD 1%er
FROM STAVANGER CHAPTER NORWAY
ON HIS 15 YEARS AS A FULL PATCH MEMBER

WELL DONE!!!

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC TALLINN
ESTONIA

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY from ESPOO wrote on 14. October 2021 at 21:26

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW FULLPATCH CHAPTER BMC AGDE, FRANCE.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY ESPOO FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY from ESPOO wrote on 14. October 2021 at 21:24

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORD CITY CHAPTER NORWAY TO YOUR 15 YEARS ON TOP
WELL DONE BROTHER!!!

LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY ESPOO FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY from ESPOO wrote on 14. October 2021 at 21:22

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER TO 25 YEARS ON TOP BANDIDOS ORGIAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND BANDIDO MARH 1%ER 10 YEARS FROM BANDIDOS MC DENMARK.

LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT

BANDIDOS MC ROCK CITY ESPOO FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC EAST CENTRO from MOSS NORWAY wrote on 14. October 2021 at 10:39

BIG FAT CONGRATS TO OUR BROTHER BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER, STAVANGER CHAPTER NORWAY. 15 YEARS AS A FULL PATCH MEMBER.WELL DONE BROTHER .
BANDIDOS FOREVER FOREVER BANDIDOS
LOVE, LOYALTY &RESPECT

BANDIDOS MC EAST CENTRO CHAPTER
MOSS NORWAY

BANDIDOS MC DOWNTOWN from HELSINKI FINLAND wrote on 14. October 2021 at 9:45

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORD CITY CHAPTER NORWAY TO YOUR 15 YEARS ON TOP
WELL DONE BROTHER!!!

LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC DOWNTOWN
FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC TALLINN ESTONIA from TALLINN wrote on 13. October 2021 at 19:44

BIG FAT CONGRATULATION TO
BANDIDO NIKOLAY "BORODA" KOSUKIS
FROM CHAPTER ARCADIA, ODESSA UKRAINE
FOR THE NEW STATUS AS PROBATIONARY

WELL DONE!!!

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC TALLINN
ESTONIA

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 13. October 2021 at 16:53

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER BMC SWORD CITY, STAVANGER NORWAY ON 15 YEARS IN BANDIDOS MC, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN from PORI wrote on 13. October 2021 at 16:12

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORD CITY CHAPTER NORWAY TO YOUR 15 YEARS ON TOP
WELL DONE BROTHER

LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC PORT TOWN
FINLAND

BANDIDOS MC GUNNERSIDE from PORSGRUNN wrote on 13. October 2021 at 14:48

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORD CITY, NORWAY WITH 15 YEARS IN BANDIDOS MC!

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
FROM YOUR BROTHERS IN BMC GUNNERSIDE

BANDIDOS MC SWORDCITY from STAVANGER wrote on 13. October 2021 at 14:06

CONGRATULATION TO OUR PRESIDENT AND BROTHER BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER BMC SWORDCITY WITH 15 YEARS ON TOP AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND FOR LEADING THE WAY!
WE ARE MORE THEN GRATEFUL!
WELL DONE!!!!

BIG FAT
LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
FROM YOUR BROTHERS IN BANDIDOS MC SWORDCITY
NORWAY

BANDIDO JON ERIK 1%ER from OSLO wrote on 13. October 2021 at 13:47

BIG FAT CONGRATULATION TO MY BROTHER BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER STAVANGER NORWAY WITH YOUR 15 YEARS ANNIVERSARY. 15 YEARS ON TOP!
WELL DONE.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDO JON ERIK 1%ER

BANDIDOS MC EAST COUNTY from DRAMMEN wrote on 13. October 2021 at 13:34

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD1%ER
ON YOUR 15 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN BANDIDO NATION GOOD WORK BROTHER

LOVE LOYALTY AND RESPECT
FROM YOUR BROTHERS IN
BANDIDOS MC EAST COUNTY
DRAMMEN NORWAY

BANDIDOS MC CAPITAL from OSLO wrote on 13. October 2021 at 13:34

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ARILD 1%ER SWORDCITY, NORWAY
WITH 15 YEARS IN
BANDIDOS MOTORCYCLECLUB.

LOVE, LOTALTY AND RESPECT
BMC CAPITAL
OSLO, NORWAY

Bandidos MC Greece from Athens wrote on 13. October 2021 at 13:06

Congratulations to Bandidos Kopenhagen and congratulations to Bandido Niels 1% for 25 years anniversary, Bandido Orgian 1%er - 15. years and Bandido Palermo 1%er for 10. years and Bandido Marh 1%er - 10 years in the Best Nation WW.
BANDIDOS MC GREECE

BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE from ROTTERDAM wrote on 12. October 2021 at 10:04

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDOS MC COPENHAGEN ON THEIR PARTY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER FOR 25 YEARS ON TOP THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION, BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ORJAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND MARK 1%ER 10 YEARS!!!!

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE, ROTTERDAM

BANDIDOS MC DOWNTOWN from HELSINKI FINLAND wrote on 12. October 2021 at 6:40

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER TO 25 YEARS ON TOP BANDIDOS ORGIAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND BANDIDO MARH 1%ER 10 YEARS FROM BANDIDOS MC DENMARK.

LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC DOWNTOWN
FINLAND

Bandido Probationary Jordie from Darwin wrote on 12. October 2021 at 2:33

Wishing a big fat Red and Gold Happy Birthday to our Brother BANDIDO DAMO 1%ER TOP END PRESIDENT, May it be filled with laughter from family and Brothers

Love, Loyalty & Respect
Bandidos MC Top End Chapter

BANDIDO MOMES 1%ER from INGOLSTADT wrote on 11. October 2021 at 17:39

CONGRATULATION TO BANDIDO PALL AND BANDIDO JON FROM REYKJAVIK - ICELAND CHAPTER FOR THERE NEW STATUS AS PROBAT. THANKS TO THE WHOLE CHAPTER FOR THE PERFECT WEEKEND:

LOVE . LOYALTY & RESPECT
BANDIDO MOMES 1%ER
VIDA MIEMBRO - ENM - GERMANEN
BMC - INGOLSTADT _ GERMANY

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 11. October 2021 at 16:02

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO SAMARA 1%ER
BANDIDO SEVEN 1%ER FROM BMC PHUKET CHAPTER ON THEIR FULL PATCH STATUS WELL DONE BROTHERS.
LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 11. October 2021 at 15:59

CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY PALL SAEVAR HALLDORSSON AND BANDIDO PROBATIONARY JON GISLASON FROM BMC REYKJAVIK, ICELAND ON THEIR NEW STATUS.
WELL DONE BROTHERS

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

Inquisitors MC Old Town from Warsaw wrote on 11. October 2021 at 15:56

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BMC PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND ON THEIR FULL PATCH STATUS AND BIG FAT WELCOME TO BMC AGDE, FRANCE.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
INQUISITORS MC OLD TOWN
SYLB!!!

Inquisitors MC Old Town from Warsaw wrote on 11. October 2021 at 15:54

CONGRATULATIONS TO TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER TO 25 YEARS ON TOP BANDIDOS ORGIAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND BANDIDO MARH 1%ER 10 YEARS FROM BANDIDOS MC DENMARK
LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
INQUISITORS MC OLD TOWN
SYLB!!!

BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE from ROTTERDAM wrote on 11. October 2021 at 6:46

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO PROBATIONARY PALL SAEVAR HALLDORSSON AND BANDIDO PROBATIONARY JON GISLASON FROM BMC REYKJAVIK, ICELAND ON THEIR NEW STATUS.
WELL DONE BROTHERS

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC HARBORSIDE, ROTTERDAM

Bandidos MC Nijmegen from Nijmegen wrote on 10. October 2021 at 23:23

BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDOS MC COPENHAGEN ON THEIR PARTY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO NIELS 1%ER FOR 25 YEARS ON TOP THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION, BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS TO BANDIDO ORGIAN 1%ER 15 YEARS, BANDIDO PALERMO 1%ER 10 YEARS AND MARH 1%ER 10 YEARS, THANK YOU ALL FOR LEADING THE WAY.

LOVE, LOYALTY AND RESPECT
BANDIDOS MC NIJMEGEN EASTBORDER CHAPTER

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