Motorcycle Gangmembers Arrested

Monday, March 18, 2013
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Five members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club were arrested by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies on Friday night after a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 154 and 101 around 8 p.m.

The incident began when two motorcycles were stopped for running a red light, which caused three other bikers to stop in the middle of the highway and wait, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. Since they were all wearing gear sporting the logo of the Vagos Club — which originated in San Bernadino in the 1960s and includes more than 600 members today — the deputies with the Sheriff’s Gang Enforcement Unit searched the vehicles and found semi-automatic handguns in the saddlebags.

Arrested on concealed firearm and gang enhancement charges were Kirk Koester, 46, president of the San Luis Obispo chapter of the Vagos, from Cayucos; his wife, Shannon Koester, 41, also of Cayucos; Byron Posey, 38, of Paso Robles; Daniel Chapman, 46, of Paso Robles; and John Gallagher, 41, of San Luis Obispo.


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We are just as pleased to see non Latino gang members busted as our typical brown skinned SB morons.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Big deal, a bunch of old guys running around on motorcycles with leather jackets carrying handguns. Who cares.... A gang enhancement on the charges? Ludicrous.

Riceman (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is it ludicrous that a gang enhancement was placed on them? This is a motorcycle gang that has been classified as such by the FBI, ATF, and California Attorney General's Office. There's no good reason that they should have been carrying handguns. Good arrest.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Motorcycle gang---how quaint. And armed with weapons. How ordinary. Have fun dancing to the jailhouse rock music, boys!

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@itliansburg- I agree but latinos aren't completely off the hook yet, because after all the gang is called "Vagos" so somewhere, somehow, latinos are to blame.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 4:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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