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Sting in North Texas Nets 28 “Outlaw” Motorcycle Gang Members

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

“Rebel Rider Ben” may ride no more. The 58-year-old of Alvarado, Tex., known to his mother as Benjamin Edward Neuner, sold five guns, 15 boxes of ammunition, smoke grenades and gun magazines to undercover FBI agents, reports the Star-Telegram newspaper. Neuner changed the rifling on the guns to make the bullets harder to trace, alleges a criminal complaint, and also possessed a machine gun.

Neuner was one of 28 “outlaw” motorcycle gang members — most of whom are in the Ft. Worth, Tex. area — charged in criminal complaints in a major crackdown on trafficking guns and drugs. The gangs included the Bandido Motorcycle Outlaw Gang (BMOG) and its affiliates the Bandidos, Homeboys and Rebels.

The charges are the result of a multi-year investigation into motorcycle gangs, says the Star-Telegram, mostly in the Fort Worth, Tex. area, but arrests were made in Denver and San Antonio as well.

Others arrested sold drugs to undercover agents, including John Pena Medellin, 61, also known as “Papa John” and “Uncle John.” Medellin is being accused of conspiring to possess more than 100 grams of heroin with intent to distribute.

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Washington Post Editorial: Administration Reverses Proposal to Cut ATF Budget

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By The Washington Post
Editorial

WASHINGTON — MANY PRESIDENTS, fearful of alienating the powerful gun lobby, have neglected the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Funding requests are often skimpy, making it that much more difficult for the emaciated agency to crack down on illegal sales and trafficking of firearms.

The Obama administration was headed in this direction in mid-December, just weeks before the Arizona shootings that took the lives of six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). As The Post’s James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz reported, the administration contemplated reducing the ATF’s budget by some 13 percent – a $160 million cut that would have brought the agency’s budget to $1.09 billion and put in jeopardy key programs.

The administration wisely – and in this political climate, bravely – appears to have had a change of heart. “As part of the president’s commitment to strengthening core law enforcement and homeland security functions – even as we make tough choices across the government – the 2012 budget includes robust support for Southwest border security, including an increase above current funding levels for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” according to Margaret L. Reilly, a spokeswoman at the Office of Management and Budget. In plain English: The administration is promising to increase the ATF’s budget beyond the $1.13 billion currently included in the 2011 continuing resolution. OMB declined to provide the exact dollar amount.

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