Running head: Infiltrating the Mongols
“Infiltrating the Mongols Motorcycle Gang”
Gabriel A. Chavarria
Special Agent William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a passion for motorcycles and a dislike for paperwork. Then one day when a “confidential informant” contacted his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang. Queen quickly seized this opportunity, not realizing that he was beginning the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of the ATF. This paper gives various details as to what took place during the span of this two and a half year operation which uncovered the Mongols Motorcycle Club as an organized crime group and yielded 53 convictions of its members.
Infiltrating the Mongols
Modern “outlaw motorcycle gangs” (OMG’s) are just as sophisticated, organized and dangerous as traditional Mafia families. They have spread around the globe, with chapters as far as Mexico and Europe (Mongols). Like the Mafia, they form an impenetrable society; the distinction being the deliberate violence these biker organizations create. Where the Mafia hides its illegal activities in legitimacy, OMG’s proudly wreak havoc while identifying themselves as Hells Angels, Pagans, or as in the subject of this particular undercover investigation - Mongols.
William Queen, a veteran Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a U.S. Army Special Forces Vietnam veteran was fed up with the hassle of desk work. His desire for a more exciting assignment was answered in late February 1998 when a phone call came in from fellow Special Agent John Ciccone, from an ATF division in downtown Los Angeles. Ciccone knew that Queen had been hanging out with the...