Las Vegas Mongels, an Interesting History Lesson

Mongels still Free to wear Trademarked Patch

Several biker gangs have ties to Las Vegas, and perhaps one of the most notorious ones is that of the Mongels. This group has a reputation for committing heinous offenses ranging from drug trafficking to murder. Those who successfully complete an initiation into this group are rewarded with a patch bearing the gang’s logo, which is considered somewhat a badge of honor among other members.

In 2008, 61 members of this group were indicted in a racketeering scandal that was known as Black Rain. As a result of a sting operation, federal agents won an initial indictment against gang members who were wearing the group’s trademarked logo. As a result of this indictment, law enforcement officials were able to seize anything bearing the logo because it was technically a registered asset. The fact that the logo was registered allowed the government to seize anything marked with the logo in much the same way as other goods were seized during criminal raids.

The injunction by a federal judge sparked a great deal of controversy over whether the government was overstepping its bounds in ordering the Mongols to surrender their gear. In 2011, a U.S. District Court judge overturned the ruling by the lower court, thereby allowing the group to freely wear their trademarked emblem once again.

Although authorities originally claimed the injunction had shut down a Nevada chapter of the Mongols, the group is nonetheless thriving today. According to the group’s official website, there are several chapters throughout the southwestern United States as well as in Mexico and Canada.

The Potter Criminal Defense team can help individuals accused of gang activities receive a fair trial by defending the rights and values we all share including the assumption of innocence until proven guilty.  We encourage all members of society to be good citizens, but we also defend those who have been accused of crimes as we believe every Las Vegas citizen deserves a fair trial as a fundamental right afforded by the constitution.