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President of Bandidos motorcycle gang arrested

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BY: Chris Quintana

New Mexico -

The local head of a national motorcycle gang was arrested Friday on charges of assault.

According to the Santa Fe Police Department, Lucas Miller, 29, 2927 Alamosa Drive, is the president of the Santa Fe's chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, a group the FBI has deemed an "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang."

Miller was charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault for his involvement in the assault on a 36-year-old man, a 61-year-old man and a woman in her late 50s at an El Paso bar Aug. 18.

A Santa Fe Police Department news release on Monday stated that the department's SWAT team arrested Miller Friday morning without incident. Four others were arrested on the same charges, one in Albuquerque and three in El Paso.

None of the victims had gang affiliations. The 61-year-old man and the woman were hospitalized. They're expected to recover from their injuries.

Celina Westervelt, the department's public information officer, said officials will extradite Miller so he can stand trial in Texas. She said police had known Miller was the local head of the Bandidos. Officers seized one of Miller's coats that identified him as the local captain.

Online court records in New Mexico indicate Miller has a few speeding violations.

Westervelt said his arrest probably won't affect the gang's activity in Santa Fe, but she added they may lay low for a time. Members of the Bandidos gang, however, have been arrested on charges ranging from drug-trafficking to assault in California, Colorado and Texas.

The Albuquerque Journal reported in August that the FBI warned of a potential clash between the Bandidos and the Vagos motorcycle gang in the Duke City.

In Santa Fe, former police officer Ben Chavarria resigned from the force following an internal investigation after he served as a pallbearer at a funeral for a member of the Bandidos. Chavarria denied any involvement with the gang.


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Posted on 9/9/2013 10:52 PM | 1%er News

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