News Item: BREAKING: "America's Most Wanted" fugitive released from jail
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Saturday 28 March 2009 - 12:36:52

Brandon Cheville, a fugitive featured on Fox's America's Most Wanted last November who was arrested Tuesday in Boone by the U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, was released from Polk County Jail Thursday, March 26.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters signed the release Thursday, ordering the defendant to be released after processing on several conditions, until Cheville's court date Monday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Des Moines.

The conditions included in the release require the defendant to maintain or actively seek employment; have no contact with any co-defendants; refrain from possessing a firearm, destructive device or other dangerous weapons; refrain from excessive use of alcohol; refrain from use or unlawful possession of a narcotic drug or other controlled substance; submit to any method of testing for prohibited substances; refrain from obstructing or tampering with the efficiency and accuracy of prohibited substance testing; abide by a curfew that would restrict the defendant from leaving his residence from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily; participate in electronic monitoring or other location verification systems; report to the pretrial services office any contact with law enforcement personnel; permit a probation officer to visit him at his residence; and submit to substance abuse and mental health screenings.

Cheville is also restricted to remain in Boone, Story, Dallas or Polk County, and is only allowed to travel to California for court appearances and to visit with counsel, the conditions of release states.

The defendant was not released on bond, but was released provided that he promises to appear at all proceedings as required and to surrender for service of any sentence imposed.

Cheville was arrested without incident Tuesday, March 24, after being sought on a federal arrest warrant issued in the Central District of California charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as violations of federal racketeering statutes.

The defendant, also known as "Suicide," is a reported member of the Mongols motorcycle gang.

A large pre-dawn raid on the Mongols motorcycle gang occurred Oct. 21, 2008, when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Las Vegas Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Montebello, Calif. Police raided 88 locations in several states to serve more than 100 warrants against the gang members for crimes ranging from racketeering to murder. Sixty-four members were arrested in the initial sweep, dubbed "Operation Black Rain," however Cheville was not arrested in the operation.

The raid was the result of an undercover operation where four undercover agents infiltrated the gang, after passing a series of tests including polygraphs, for a period of three years.

In the indictment that was brought before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Cheville was named several times in very specific overt acts. The indictment includes the following statements:

* April 22, 2006, in Los Angeles, defendant Cheville arranged to purchase one kilogram of cocaine with a confidential government informant.

* April 29, 2006, defendants Munz, Shawley, Buss, Cheville and Mccauley carried firearms and attended a Mongols party in Temecula, Calif.

* May 5, 2006, defendants Munz, Buss, Shawley and Cheville attacked a rival "Hell's Angels" gang member in a casino in Las Vegas.

* August 13, 2006, in San Diego, defendant Cheville advised an undercover law enforcement officer who was posing as a potential Mongols member that he must be willing to kill and die for the Mongols if he wanted to join the organization.

* August 18, 2006, defendants Buss, Shawley and Cheville, and an unindicted co-conspirator, delivered an automatic, SKS assault rifle, bearing a 60-round magazine, and a 12-gauge shotgun to an unindicted co-conspirator at a Mongols event in Temecula, Calif.

* January 21, 2008, by telephone using coded language, defendant Munz instructed a Mongols "prospect" that he would be required to report to defendants Cheville and an unindicted co-conspirator every day, as a condition to his re-instated Mongols membership.

* February 4, 2008, by telephone using coded language, defendant Munz advised defendant Cheville that law enforcement officers were looking for him and an unindicted co-conspirator at the residence of defendant Shawley in connection with the investigation of the murder of C.T. and that Cheville and others needed to remove evidence of their crimes from their residences.

Officials at the Polk County Jail in Des Moines confirmed the release.

This news item is from White Trash Networks
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