Charges dropped against motorcycle club president

Jan 11, 2012, 5:07 AM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – Criminal charges have been dropped against the international president of the Vagos (VAH’-gohs) motorcycle club.

The Sun of San Bernardino reports (
http://bit.ly/xnjuX6) that prosecutors announced during a court hearing Tuesday that the charges against Pastor Palafox had been dismissed. They wouldn’t say why, citing an ongoing investigation. But a defense attorney says prosecutors lacked probable cause to pursue a case.

Palafox had been charged with vehicle theft involving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, possession of the stolen motorcycle and street terrorism.

He was one of several arrested during an 18-month, seven-county sweep against the Vagos club last year. Authorities say drugs and hundreds of weapons, including a rocket launcher, were seized during the operation.

Two co-defendants in the case still face charges and are scheduled to return to court Feb. 14.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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