Theyre still around!
Feds raid Mongols motorcycle gang
Multistate ATF investigation nets dozens; one in Tukwila
By PAUL SHUKOVSKY
Federal agents arrested a man in the Tukwila area Tuesday morning as part of a multistate, undercover investigation into the Mongols motorcycle gang.
William Shawley, of 13467 Macadam Road, is one of dozens of motorcycle gang members in six states arrested on warrants ranging from drug sales to murder. Deputy U.S. marshals escorted Shawley into federal magistrate court in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon to hear charges -- including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine -- that could send him to federal prison for life.
The arrest stems from the work of four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents who infiltrated the outlaw motorcycle gang, Agent Nick Starcevic of the Seattle ATF office said.
"The agents actually became patch members of the Mongols," Starcevic said. "They lived with these guys for three years."
At least 61 members of the Southern California-based Mongols Motorcycle Club were arrested under a federal racketeering indictment that included charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, as well as gun and drug violations, ATF spokesman Mike Hoffman said.
The sweep, dubbed Operation Black Rain, is expected to continue, agents said.
Federal and local agents had 110 federal arrest warrants and 160 search warrants that were being served across Southern California and in Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Ohio.
Shawley's was the only arrest made in Washington. There were four search warrants executed in Oregon, but no arrests.
In charging that the Mongols are a criminal enterprise, Shawley and the other alleged gang members are accused of conspiring to enrich themselves through control of the distribution of narcotics by using "intimidation, violence, threats of violence, assault and murder."
Shawley and others obtained guns, knives, bulletproof vests and explosives for use against rival gangs, the indictment says. The Mongols are generally accused of committing "acts of violence, including murder, against rival gang members, law enforcement or other persons who would challenged the authority of the Mongols organization."
At Shawley's court appearance Tuesday, a federal prosecutor said Shawley is named in numerous specific criminal acts listed in the indictment. For example, he is accused of capturing and torturing a man by breaking his knuckles with pliers and smashing his knees with a metal pipe.
Shawley allegedly possessed a .40-caliber handgun in August 2006 while doing cocaine at the Scrap Iron Kustom motorcycle shop in Van Nuys, Calif. A few days later, he allegedly delivered an automatic SKS assault rifle bearing a 60-round magazine and a 12-gauge shotgun to someone at a Mongols event. And he is accused of possessing two machine guns in anticipation of an attack on a rival gang in Riverside County, Calif.
On Oct. 1, 2006, Shawley is alleged to have told an undercover agent posing as a potential Mongols member "that patrons of a bar would be assaulted or killed if they disrespected Mongols members." He subsequently attacked a bar patron in the parking lot, the indictment says.
Because Shawley's alleged crimes took place in California, the U.S. Marshals Service will take him there for future court proceedings.