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CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Partners with ICE-HSI during Coordinated Takedown of Motorcycle Gang

Release Date: 
June 29, 2017

Alleged members and associates of the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang arrested.

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) participated in a multi-agency operation recently that led to 22 arrests across three states. The focus of this investigation was an organized crime group involved in racketeering, murder, robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault, among other charges.

“AMO is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to dismantle criminal enterprises that spread violence in our communities,” said Hunter Davis, Director, Air and Marine Operations at the San Diego Air and Marine Branch. “Providing situational awareness to ground agents from the air, enables agents to successfully execute their mission with vital information needed during and after critical events.”

AMO aircrews were airborne during June 16th’s Friday’s arrests, providing live video streams to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations’ mobile command centers. These video link systems provided real-time situational awareness to ground agents and to intelligence analysts via CBP’s common communications web portal, called BigPipe.

AMO ground team air coordinators from Tucson, Ariz., provided this feed to ground agents during the arrests, and conducted aircraft coordination and control during the apprehension phase.

AMO aircrews with Aircrew Rifle Operators onboard AS350 aircraft from the San Diego Air and Marine Branch remained overhead, increasing law enforcement coverage during this high-risk warrant service.

CBP’s AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. AMO secures our Nation from transnational threats through four core competencies: interdiction, investigation, domain awareness, and contingency operations and national taskings. Learn how AMO contributes these specialized law enforcement capabilities to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts, as well as to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners. View the AMO Fact Sheet for enforcement stats and figures.

View the DOJ’s news release at Twenty-Three Alleged Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Members and Associates Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges.

Last modified: 
January 25, 2018