By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal magistrate has denied bond to a motorcycle gang leader an indictment accuses of day-to-day management of a far-reaching racketeering conspiracy centered on a conflict with a rival motorcycle gang.

The San Antonio Express-News ( ) reports U.S. Magistrate Henry Bemporad ruled Tuesday in San Antonio that John Xavier Portillo (pohr-TEE’-yoh) posed too great a public danger to remain free.

A 23-page indictment says Portillo, as national vice president and a period as interim national president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, managed such rackets as drug trafficking and used murder and other violence to control those enterprises. It also accused Portillo of declaring war on the rival Cossacks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

That led to a series of attacks by the Bandidos on the Cossacks, some of them deadly.


Information from: San Antonio Express-News,

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