BY: Frank C. Girardot
California - MONTEBELLO - A former Mongol believes a rift among top officers within the Montebello Police Department will help him and his brother prove the 2008 federal indictment that brought down their motorcycle club was built on lies.
Al "The Suit" Cavazos based his claim on a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in June by Montebello police officers Gregory Wilsey, Brian Dragoo, Kimberly Lundy and Ricardo Rojas against the city.
"The suit shows there's a cover-up," Cavazos said. "I want to put them on the witness stand and ask them about the cover-ups involving members of the Montebello Police Department."
Cavazos said he will subpoena the officers to appear in federal court this fall when he attempts to get three motorcycles seized by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives returned. The motorcycles belong to him, his brother Ruben "Doc" Cavazos and Rueben's son Ruben "Little Rubes" Cavazos, Jr.
Without naming the officer, a portion of the Wilsey, Dragoo, Lundy and Rojas lawsuit details the 2011 arrest in San Diego of Chris Cervantes, a Montebello police officer.
In their action against the city, Wilsey and Dragoo said Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure interfered with an internal affairs investigation into Cervantes' arrest, which "implied McClure was trying to sweep the matter under the rug."
McClure has declined to discuss the allegations.
Cavazos and his brother Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, onetime president of the motorcycle club, said Cervantes and and his partner John Ciccone, a special agent with the ATF, provided false evidence to a federal grand jury in a racketeering case against the Mongols.
Their testimony involved a July 2007 shooting outside Nicola's, a Commerce topless bar frequented by Mongols and various street gang associates. It resulted in federal time for 78 members of the club and a state prison rap for the convicted shooter.
David "Little Dave" Santillian, the Mongols' current president, has declined to discuss the case. He said the club no longer associates with the Cavazos brothers, whom he describes as "out bad."
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