The Mongols Biker Gang which was originally formed in Montebello, California, in 1969 started as a mainstream motorcycle club.
Riding motorcycles with your mates is the very essence of any motorcycle club, it’s all good and fun, so long as you don’t mix up the biking and comradeship with a spot of organized crime. Because in that case, that motorcycle club will become a gang that’s involved in drug deals and theft.
Speaking of motorcycle gangs, we can’t forget one of the most popular ones: The Mongols Biker Gang which is considered one of the most dangerous gangs in America.The Mongols Biker Gang which was originally formed in Montebello, California, in 1969 started as a mainstream motorcycle club but ended up turning into one of the most controversial motorcycle communities in the US in less than 15 years.
So without further ado here’s everything you need to know about the Mongols Biker Gang.
The Mongols Biker Gang was formed in the late 1960s in East Los Angelos by David Santillan. The Mongols are mostly known to frequently commit violent crimes including assault, intimidation, and murder in defense of their territory, and to uphold the reputation of the club. They were also engaged in racially motivated violence against African-American gang members, and even black civilians not affiliated with any type of gang. And because of their crimes, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms named the Mongols as the single “most violent and dangerous OMG in America”.
A majority of the Mongols membership consists of Hispanic males who live in the Los Angeles area, and many are former street gang members with a long history of using violence to settle grievances. According to the Law enforcement officials, there are approximately 2,000 full-patched members in The Mongols Gang which is relatively small compared to other gangs like “Hells Angels”. But despite their size, they successfully wrested control of Southern California from the Hells Angels, in the 1980s, after a protracted gang war.
Mongols members have a long history in the illegal drug trade money laundering, robbery, extortion, murder, and assault. These crimes made this gang one of the most feared clubs in the US, and at one point, Mongols had as many as 270 warrants issued against them at once. As a result, they were banned from wearing their trademark logo. The decision was then reversed but they were fined with a half-million-dollar fine which appeared to be just a tap on the wrist for these self-proclaimed outlaws.
In 2002, members of the Mongols and the Hells Angels had a confrontation at the Harrah’s Laughlin Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, that left three bikers dead. On February 23, 2007, Hells Angels members James Hannigan and Rodney Cox were sentenced to two years in prison for their respective roles in the death of these bikers.
In 2008, the club was infiltrated by four ATF agents in an operation called Black Rain. The operation led to the arrest of 38 Mongols, including the Mongols’ National President at the time, Ruben Doc Cavazos who was later voted out the club.
On October 4, 2008, Mongols member Christopher Ablett turned himself in to authorities in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, after going on the run for murdering Hells Angels President Mark “Papa” Guardado in San Francisco. His bond had been set at $5 million.
On December 20, 2008, in Las Vegas, Mongols members arrived at “A Special Memories Wedding Chapel” for a fellow member’s wedding to find a local Hells Angels charter were just finishing up their own ceremony. KTNV Channel 13 news reported that the Hells Angels attacked the Mongols members, sending three to a hospital, two of whom suffered from stab wounds. No arrests were made and local authorities report that they are looking for suspects involved in the attack.
On October 28, 2014, in San Gabriel, California, Mongols member David Martinez allegedly shot and killed Pomona Police SWAT Team member Shaun Diamond. Diamond was shot in the back of the base of his neck with a shotgun during the service of a search warrant. Martinez shot Diamond after the officer turned away from the doorway following the breaching procedure. Officer Diamond died at dawn, October 29, 2014, at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Judge M. L. Villar, at the preliminary hearing, added a special gang allegation to the capital murder charges after the prosecution connected him to a Mongols chapter in Montebello, California. Martinez faces the death penalty if convicted.
The Mongols Biker Gang is one of the most dangerous gangs in America, to the point that authorities banned Mongols from wearing their jackets or any other item that had their logo on it. But the decision was later overturned by a California judge as it violated both the First and Eighth Amendment which gives them the freedom to join any club.
Another fact you may not know is that the Mongols members have their own coded language to communicate with each other in secret situations. For example, Code 55 means that all gang members should hide all gang affiliation by not wearing their jackets, patches, or anything that has the logo of The Mongols.