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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of federal case against Sacramento motorcycle club members?

Q: I was wondering what happened to the federal case against the Sacramento Vagos Motorcycle Club. We heard about the arrest, then nothing else has been said.

Ben, Sacramento

A: Four federal indictments were issued in August 2014 charging several Sacramento-area residents, described by federal authorities as members and associates of an outlaw motorcycle gang, with drug trafficking.

The first indictment charged James Cline of Rio Linda, and Leonard Walter and Michael Wright, both of Sacramento, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. Three separate indictments charged Sacramento residents Richard Cardenas, Quentin Stallings and David Homan with distribution of methamphetamine.

According to federal court online records Stallings, under a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to distribution of at least 5 grams of methamphetamine and awaits sentencing. Cline, Walter, Wright, Cardenas and Homan entered not-guilty pleas at their arraignments and are awaiting trial.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee at the time the indictments were issued, court documents indicated that the federal investigation targeted three Sacramento-area chapters of the Vagos. The motorcycle club began in the 1960s in California and has evolved into one of the largest outlaw motorcycle gangs in the western United States, according to the Department of Justice. Authorities said the investigation confirmed that the Sacramento-area Vagos were involved in illegal activities that included distributing methamphetamine, purchasing illegal weapons and handling stolen motorcycles.