note: The information below was
taken from the website of the Southeastern Connecticut Gang Activities Group. I know very little
about motorcycle/biker gangs, so I am relying upon that group to provide
accurate information. I can not testify to the accuracy of the material
myself. If you know of an Internet site that provides more accurate
information, please let me know
The club was formed in 1966 in Houston by Donald Eugene Chambers. He
forms an outlaw motorcycle club to control drug trafficking and prostitution
in Texas. He sees a T.V. commercial with the Frito Bandido raising hell to
sell potato chips. Chambers calls his gang the Bandidos. He even adopts the
fat, machete and pistol welding cartoon cowboy as the club's colors.
The Bandidos, also called the Bandido Nation, are the fastest growing outlaw
motorcycle gang in the U.S.. The club has about 30 chapters and 500 members.
It even has an Australian chapter, acquired with much bloodletting. The club
is concentrated in Texas and extends into Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas,
New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota and Washington State. The Bandidos are
run by a mother chapter made up of a president, four regional vice
presidents and regional and local chapter officers.
The Bandidos are involved in drug trafficking, prostitution, contract
murder, fencing, extortion, stealing and running weapons, welfare and bank
fraud, and arson. The bikers make most of their money manufacturing and
selling methamphetamine. Club members and associates who are pilots smuggle
drugs and guns across the border and state lines.
A NOMAD chapter takes care of Bandido security,
counterintelligence and internal discipline. The chapter is made up of
charter members who have been with the club for more than 5 years. The elite
group does not live in one area, although many of its members gravitate to
Lubbock, Texas. The chapter compiles files on police forces and outlaw
motorcycle gangs they-consider enemies.
The Bandidos' alliance with the Outlaws began in 1978 in an effort to expand
their drug network. The Outlaws provide the Bandidos with cocaine that they
get from Colombian and Cuban suppliers. Both clubs socialize in Bandidos
controlled towns. They also own a nightclub together in Oklahoma City. The
clubs consider themselves sister organizations and wear each other's tattoos.