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FBI says 4 men in custody, 2 wanted in drug bust of 'outlaw' motorcycle gang

FBI says four Northern California men involved with a notorious motorcycle gang are in custody and two more are wanted after the men were indicted on federal drug charges.
FBI says four Northern California men involved with a notorious motorcycle gang are in custody and two more are wanted after the men were indicted on federal drug charges.FBI

Four Northern California men involved with a notorious motorcycle gang are in custody and authorities are looking for two more after the men were indicted on federal drug charges.

Authorities say the six -- all members or associates of what the FBI calls the “Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle gang” -- were indicted on charges ranging from distributing methamphetamine to possession and conspiracy to distribute the drug. The indictments came after an investigation by the FBI and state and local agencies into the Sacramento-area chapter of the motorcycle gang.

Federal officials say the investigation into the group found it takes part in a number of illegal activities including the distribution of methamphetamine, buying illegal guns and the handling of stolen motorcycles.

The FBI said in a statement released Friday that as part of its investigation, the bureau used confidential sources and undercover agents to buy methamphetamine from Vagos members and their associates in the Sacramento area. Even with the indictments, the FBI says it is still investigating the gang.

Four of the men -- 37-year-old Leonard Walter, 45-year-old Michael Wright and 49-year-old Richard Cardenas, all of Sacramento, and 43-year-old James Cline, of nearby Rio Linda -- are being held after being indicted and charged with the distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the charges, the men are facing anywhere from five years up to life in prison.

At large, and considered fugitives, are 35-year-old Quentin Stallings and 50-year-old David Homan, both of Sacramento.

The FBI says the Vagos gang got its start in the 1960s in California and having expanded to nearly 600 members, has evolved into one of the largest outlaw motorcycle gangs in the western United States. The bureau says the gang has 24 chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, as well as in Mexico.

The gang, says on a website identifying itself as the “official Vagos MC World Site” that it got it start as a “motorcycle club, not gang.”