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Former Mongols member wants motorcycle returned

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Four years to the day after federal agents arrested him and 77 other members of the Mongols motorcycle gang in a racketeering and conspiracy case, Al "The Suit" Cavazos will appear Tuesday in federal court.

Cavazos wants his good name restored and his $3,800 bike returned.

He may get the motorcycle back, his attorney said.

"It now looks like he will be the only defendant who will go to trial" seeking return of seized property, Cavazos' attorney Phillip Deitch said.

The bike was among included hundreds of rifles, pistols and shotguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, $178,361 in cash, 139 motorcycles, nine cartons of cigarettes, a Daisy BB gun, a Honda Civic, a GMC Yukon and assorted pieces of jewelry taken by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Oct. 9, 2008.

The ATF and federal prosecutors claimed the items represent booty and swag collected by a criminal organization involved in assaults, attempted murder and illegal drug sales over the course of several years.

In recent weeks U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter – known as "King David" to lawyers appearing in his courtroom – has returned several items to members of the gang including their bikes.

Several others – many doing federal time in connection with the case – have withdrawn claims to their motorcycles, guns and jewelry. Among those was Cavazos' nephew Ruben "Lil Rubes" Cavazos, Jr.

On the other hand, Cavazos' brother, Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, the former club president, had his claim tossed by Carter for not following federal court protocol, according to court documents.

In an email from federal prison, Cavazos indicated that might be a likely outcome.

"The ATF, realizing that we have purchased our motorcycles with monies earned through legal employment, has creatively expanded its reasons to rob United States citizens of their hard earned possessions," Cavazos wrote. "In this case (that was) our mode of transportation, our motorcycles."

But considering the fate of 11 other alleged gang members, Carter, known for being "tough but fair", ruled Monday that being Mongols didn't necessarily make the men drug pushers.

"In sum, the government has failed to show a substantial connection between these motorcycles and the Mongols' drug conspiracy,' Carter wrote.

In harsh terms, Carter has previously admonished prosecutors for their actions in the case, which is known as U.S. versus Assorted Firearms, according to Donald Charles Davis, a blogger atagingrebel.comand author of "Out Bad."

"If I was the taxpayers, I'd tear down the courthouse," Carter said. "Thirty percent of these things have nothing to do with justice."

Al Cavazos hoped to present evidence that members of the club were railroaded by Montebello police Sergeant Chris Cervantes and his partner, ATF agent John Ciccone, who built their RICO case by misrepresenting the details of a 2007 shooting outside Nicola's, a Commerce strip club.

Without ruling on the merit of Al "The Suit's" claim against Cervantes and Ciccone, Carter said Monday he will not retry the original conspiracy case.

"Such evidence is not relevant to the forfeiture issues in the civil case," Carter said in an order published Monday.

Cavazos said he was disappointed.

"Everyone pleaded guilty in this case for good reason," he said. "Because when the officers lie you don't have a chance."

A complaint Cavazos filed against Cervantes with the Montebello Police Department has been rejected.

David Santillian, national president of the club, has criticized Al's insistence on digging into the Nicola's shooting and said that the Cavazos brothers have been ejected from the Mongols.

"The Suit", "Doc" and "Lil Rubes" are considered "out bad", Santillian said.

Trial in federal court on the case begins Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in Los Angeles.

Samson Introduces the Legend Series

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Samson recently introduced the Legend Series (two individual pipes on one side) for baggers, dressers and most other Harley-Davidson models. The Legend Series offers a show quality finish with Samson’s exclusive Quad Chrome plating that provides ultimate adhesion and corrosion protection. (Sinister black ceramic finish available upon request) This high performance exhaust system has been designed and tuned to produce maximum horsepower, torque and awesome sound. Every exhaust manufactured by Samson is dyno tested before going into mass production for the ultimate in performance. The removable heat shields are pre-installed and the system is ready to bolt on right out of the box.

Samson exhaust systems are manufactured with a true double wall construction to prevent bluing due to the heat that is generated in a motorcycle exhaust. Every one of these systems is not only made to look great, but to also perform perfectly for your bike.
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Daytec Open House Sat Oct. 13

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Join us Saturday October 13 from 9-2 for our Open House event. We have several local vendors coming with all kinds of products for you to check out. Plus we are working on several different booths for your entertainment… I mean real horsepower! I don't want to spoil the surprise, so come check it out for yourself. You can enter your bike into our coolest bike contest too. We are going to be giving away great prizes for the coolest bikes. Don't think you have a chance? Remember, the most expensive bikes are not always the coolest… you never know what the crowd will go for, so come out and give it a shot. We are firing up our Harley-Davidson BBQ; good food, cool machines, nice weather, and good people. So come out and join us for a great afternoon! 

Meade Country Lowers Vendor Fees During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is pleased to announce that Meade County will be lowering the cost of vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In an unprecedented move County Commissioners on October 3, 2012 voted to effectively lower the cost of vendor permits during the annual rally. This pro-business decision will insure vendors have a reduced cost of business in high traffic venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip®. Vendors that reserve their permits online at least 30 days prior to the rally will receive a 10% discount, lowering their fee to $360. Vendor and permit information may be found on www.BuffaloChip.com  or by calling 605-347-9000.

In a landmark decision announced on October 3, 2012, Meade County Commissioners voted to lower vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and to make online registration available, making it easier, more cost effective and more profitable for rally vendors to conduct business in Meade County venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Vendors will now receive a lower rate of $360 when obtaining their permit online at least 30 day prior to the rally August 6-12, 2012. Rally vendors at the Rally’s major traffic centers and cornerstone venues such as the Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip® can now look forward to lower fees and increased margins in a business-friendly environment.

The Buffalo Chip® is located 3 miles east of the city of Sturgis and is known as the highest trafficked and most visited venue during the rally. Now lower fees and the ease of working in Meade County’s pro-business environment should see more vendors taking advantage of this milestone, cost lowering effort.

“All we have heard for a long time is how governments raise fees and put more restrictions on vendors every year,” say Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff. “Meade County has said it is pro-business and has demonstrated that commitment by taking the unprecedented measure of making it easier and less expensive to do rally business.  This will help all the high quality brands that choose to do business at the Buffalo Chip.  This will also improve the bottom line for all rally vendors in the County. It’s an impressive gesture and is certainly appreciated. We look forward to helping vendors do more business in a cost effective manner at motorcycling’s premiere entertainment and camping destination, the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. ”

For more information on vending opportunities at the Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip® during the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally please visit www.BuffaloChip.com or calling 605-347-9000.

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