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COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION 20TH ANNUAL PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY AWARDS PROGRAM "FOR A SPECTACULAR FUTURE: QUALITY COUNTS!" Fiscal Year 2005-06 Application

Title of Program or Project (Limited to 50 characters, including spaces): ONE PERCENTER TASK FORCE

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Few departments have sufficient resources to combat the threat posed by ongoing organized criminal enterprises like outlaw motorcycle gangs. These selfproclaimed "outlaws" deal in firearms, explosives, drugs, and too often, death. Through a clear example of outstanding interagency cooperation, senior investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), formed a task force to address the looming threat posed by these gangs. Nine years and several hugely successful investigations later, the experienced investigators from both agencies have made dozens of arrests and obtained convictions for violations ranging from drug and firearms sales, to murder. They have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property and seized literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. No single agency could have produced the results enjoyed by these highly experienced investigators. The synergistic effect of this multi-agency effort merits consideration for the Interagency Cooperation Award and the workforce excellence award.

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SUBMITTING DEPARTMENT NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS (INCLUDE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER) Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Bureau 11515 South Colima Road, Room #C-111 Whittier, California 90604 (562) 946-7010 - Office (562) 944-5982 - Fax PROGRAM MANAGER'S NAME TELEPHONE NUMBER

Stephen B. Johnson, Captain

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(323) 526-5325 (SIGNATURE ON FILE) Martha Y. Zavala, Network Manager

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(323) 526-5115 (SIGNATURE ON FILE) Larry L. Waldie, Undersheriff We support plain language

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION 20TH ANNUAL PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY AWARDS PROGRAM "FOR A SPECTACULAR FUTURE: QUALITY COUNTS!" Fiscal Year 2005-06 Application

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 350 South Figueroa Street, Suite 800 Los Angeles, CA 90071

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PROBLEM Unfortunately, several notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs call the Southwestern United States home. Among them, the Hell's Angels, the Sundowners, the Mongols, the Devil's Disciples and the Vagos. These self proclaimed "outlaws" deal in stolen firearms, drugs, and stolen property. They participate in assaults, extortion, witness intimidation, murder and are known to often terrorize those around them. SOLUTION Formed in 1997, the "One Percenter Task Force" based in Los Angeles, California, is comprised of investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Major Crimes Bureau, Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Detail, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This partnership of highly experienced and motivated investigators vowed to take the fight to these heinous groups. In 1999, the One Percenter Task Force targeted the Sundowners Motorcycle Club. The Sundowners is a documented outlaw motorcycle organization which has close ties with the Hells Angels and whose members are involved in narcotics and firearms trafficking. ATF Special Agent (SA) John Carr served as the case agent on a seven-month investigation where a confidential informant became a member of the organization. As a result of undercover purchases made by the informant during the seven-month investigation, a total of three federal search/arrest warrants were executed at the clubhouse and members' residences. As a result of those warrants, a total of 14 firearms, approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, and one stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle were recovered from various members of the organization. Two members were charged with federal firearms and narcotics violations. Beginning in April 2000, Special Agent John Carr of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Sheriff's Detectives Michael "Bubba" Williams and David Luther, started an organized crime and drug distribution investigation of the Vagos motorcycle gang. During the course of the three-year investigation, a total of approximately 15 undercover purchases of evidence, which included firearms and narcotics, were made by an informant from members and associates of the organization. Hundreds of hours were also spent on surveillance of members of the criminal organization where recordings were obtained of undercover meetings between members and other associates of the organization. Ultimately, over 130 law enforcement agents and officers from the ATF, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE), executed a total of 26 warrants at the homes or businesses of members of the Vagos motorcycle gang and their associates. The

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execution of the warrants took place throughout southern California, Nevada and Arizona. As a result of these warrants, a total of 17 members (including high-ranking officers of the organization) and associates were arrested for violations of federal firearms and narcotics laws, as well as various violations of state laws. A total of 85 firearms were seized which included machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, silencers and assault weapons. Also, approximately one and a half pounds of methamphetamine and over two pounds of cocaine were seized along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. A majority of the defendants pled guilty in federal and state courts and faced lengthy prison sentences. Concurrently, the One Percenter Task Force was conducting a three-year long undercover investigation into the criminal activities of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle organization. Law enforcement widely regards this organization as one of the most violent motorcycle gangs currently in existence in California. During this investigation, an ATF special agent worked for over two years in an undercover capacity; becoming a member and, eventually an officer, of one of the Mongols Chapters. ATF Case Agent John Ciccone, assisted by ATF Special Agents John Carr, Darrin Kozlowski and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detectives Williams and Luther as a close support team, supported the ATF undercover agent. In their undercover capacity, Detective Williams and Luther would penetrate the many social events attended by the undercover agent and other outlaw motorcycle gang members. They provided a significant amount of confidence and comfort to the undercover agent by being nearby during many of these extremely dangerous and tense situations. Detectives Williams and Luther assisted ATF in directing a massive, nationwide takedown. A total of 76 search warrants involving five federal judicial districts and three states were served. Detectives Williams and Luther played a major role in implementing the tactical phase and coordination of the deployment of 300 ATF agents, and 400 LASD deputies, and countless support personnel. On May 19, 2001, Operation Ivan IV, one of the largest single coordinated enforcement actions in ATF and LASD history took place. There were 51 arrests and over 100 firearms seized. Two kilos of cocaine, 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, $43,000 in currency, explosives, and 21 stolen motorcycles were also seized. At this time, a total of 51 defendants have been charged and convicted of both federal and state crimes ranging from murder, firearms trafficking, narcotics trafficking and trafficking in stolen motorcycles. Beginning in April 2003, and continuing until March 2006, the One Percenter Task Force began a second three year-long undercover investigation into the trafficking of firearms and narcotics by members of the Vagos motorcycle gang. The investigation was dubbed "Operation 22 Green." During the course of this investigation, two confidential informants were used to infiltrate the violent, secretive organization. These informants became actual members of the Vagos and were able to obtain both audio and video recordings of secret meetings, officers' meetings, and other incriminating conversations in which the informants had been engaged. Several of these recordings will ultimately be used to support federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) prosecutions against certain members and officers of the Vagos gang. The informants made approximately 25 undercover purchases of evidence from members or their associates. Evidence purchased included: handguns, rifles, shotguns, assault weapons, ammunition, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine. Some of the more significant recordings obtained by the informants involved two Vagos members confessing to a murder they had committed during a home invasion robbery. Other recordings included members of the Vagos who were bragging about physical assaults of citizens they had committed during Vagos functions and while frequenting public establishments.

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Title of Program or Project (Limited to 50 characters, including spaces): ONE PERCENTER TASK FORCE

Toward the end of the investigation, Detectives Williams and Luther assisted ATF in directing a massive, statewide takedown. A total of 86 search and/or arrest warrants, spanning five Southern California counties, were served. Detectives Williams and Luther, assisted by Detective Shelli Kelly of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, played the primary role in implementing the tactical phase and coordination of the deployment of over 800 law enforcement personnel. On March 9, 2006, "Operation 22 Green" became the largest single coordinated enforcement action in ATF and LASD history. Forty individuals were arrested. They have been charged and many have already been convicted of both federal and state crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, firearms trafficking, narcotics trafficking and trafficking in stolen motorcycles. Law enforcement seized 134 firearms, 305.6 grams of methamphetamine, 46.2 grams of cocaine, $15,000 in currency, explosives, four stolen motorcycles and thousands of rounds of ammunition and numerous items of gang indicia. The One Percenter Task Force continues to target outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Los Angeles County area. BENEFITS The benefits to the citizens of Los Angeles County can not be overstated. Several dozen hardcore gang members engaged in criminal activity ranging from thefts to drug and firearms trafficking, to murder, are in prison serving lengthy sentences. Undoubtedly, innocent lives have been saved and hundreds of weapons destined for the streets have been recovered and destroyed. The investigators assigned to this team have endured countless late hours away from their families and friends often relying only upon each other to protect the citizens of Los Angeles County from these violent predators. No single agency could have achieved the same results. The partnership displayed by these two main agencies (and to a smaller extent several other agencies) have been a "force multiplier" and have saved the County of Los Angeles hundreds of thousands of dollars in man hours, and investigative expenses which would have greatly exceeded either agency's budget allotted for these types of investigations.

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BENEFITS No single agency could have achieved the same results. The partnership made many man hours available to the County of Los Angeles to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of increased service to the public.

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