UPDATED: SANTA BARBARA – 8:45 p.m. – The search for members of one of California’s most notorious crime organizations had state agents knocking on doors in Santa Barbara Thursday morning.
The Vagos Motorcycle Gang, is known for alleged criminal activity primarily in San Bernardino County.
Their Santa Barbara connection has yet to be confirmed by authorities.
But sources tell THESBNN the president of the Vagos’s local chapter lived here until recently.
A member of the Vagos Motorcycle Gang was recently arrested in the shooting of a rival gang member in a Nevada casino.
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Santa Barbara part of major outlaw motorcycle gang investigationSANTA BARBARA – 10:38 a.m. – California Department of Justice firearms and narcotics agents were in Santa Barbara Thursday in what’s being called one of the largest investigations of its kind into criminal activity by an outlaw motorcycle gang.
The Santa Barbara Police Department’s Bearcat armored vehicle assisted in the D.O.J.’s search of an apartment complex on the 1400 block of Lou Dillon Lane.
The D.O.J. is uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the case.
Officials aren’t releasing the name of the motorcycle gang or details on the search warrants.
A department spokesman told THESBNN this morning “agents are still in the field looking for suspects and evidence and we’re not going to tip our hand.”
Seven California counties were targeted.
Sources tell THESBNN agents were in Santa Barbara looking for the president of the gang’s local chapter.
There were no arrests.
Details will be released at a 2 p.m. press conference at the San Bernardino Police Department.