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Legal Case: The Mongols Motorcycle Club

             there are about 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, prison gangs each with about 1.4 million members that are criminally active today, (FBI). The majority of these gangs are sophisticated and well organized; they use violence to gain power and control to boost their illegal money-making activities. This growing number of gangs and its members have caused a great deal of concern, many citizens all over the country who want to get rid of them once and for all. An attempt addressing neighborhoods gang problems a gang injunction was created to regulate the gang's public behavior. A gang injunction is a restraining order against a group; it's a civil suit that seeks a court order declaring the gang's public behavior a nuisance and asking for special rules directed toward its activity (LAPD). A few years ago, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted an injunction that allows law enforcement officers to stop and seize any person wearing the Mongols logo. .
             Mongols are a motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate formed in Montebello, California, in 1969. It is estimated that there are 500 to 600 fully patched members in California and 14 other states in the U.S. as well in 13 countries internationally. Mongols have a long history of run in with the law and law enforcement involving drug dealing, money laundering, robbery, extortion, firearm violations, murder, and assault among others. There have been two successful infiltrations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover agents becoming fully patched members; gathering evidence against them and successfully convicting them of the charges against them. The most successful and controversial infiltration, Operation Black Rain occurred in October 21, 2008 were 110 arrest warrants and 136 search warrants were issued and sixty-one Mongol members were arrested including at that time the clubs president Ruben "Doc" Cavazos were taken into federal custody (Risling).

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