'Operation Blue and White' Nets 14 Peckerwoods Members

    SAN DIEGO, May 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Davy Aguilera, Assistant
 Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of
 Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Earl Wenworth,
 Assistant Sheriff, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, announced today
 the arrest of 14 people, capping an 11-month undercover investigation into
 alleged firearms and drug trafficking violations by the Peckerwoods outlaw
 motorcycle gang.
     Operation Blue and White targeted members and associates of the
 Peckerwoods who were involved in criminal acts including firearm
 violations, narcotics trafficking and violent confrontations. Undercover
 ATF agents purchased one stolen firearm, methamphetamine, marijuana and a
 variety of pills to include Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet. Those arrested
 face a variety of state violations, including illegal possession of
 firearms, sales and distribution of narcotics, assault likely to cause
 great bodily injury, commercial burglary and possession of stolen property.
     In addition to those arrested today, nine state search warrants were
 executed. As a result of these search warrants, an additional 24 firearms
 (assault weapons, handguns, shotguns and rifles), 1-1/2 pound of marijuana,
 24 marijuana plants from a grow house, 600 tablets of Oxycodone, 100
 tablets of Percocet, 50 tablets of Vicodin, and 1-1/2 ounces of
 methamphetamine were taken into custody.
     Those arrested for alleged state violations were:
     -- Ronald Luetticke of Lakeside, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods president)
     -- Randal Luetticke of Santee, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods vice president)
     -- Darrel Denniston of Santee, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods sergeant-at-arms)
     -- Michaelle Denniston of Santee, Calif., for making criminal threats.
     -- Charles Anthony Giallombardo of La Mesa, Calif., for sales of a
        controlled substance. (Peckerwoods treasurer)
     -- Margaret Young of La Mesa, Calif., for sales of a controlled substance.
     -- Shawn Davidson of Lakeside, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods secretary)
     -- Randy Luetticke Jr. of Santee, Calif., for assault likely to cause
        great bodily harm. (Peckerwoods prospect)
     -- Jason Bradford of La Mesa, Calif., for receiving stolen property.
        (Peckerwoods prospect)
     -- Joseph Santos of Santee, California, for assault likely to cause great
        bodily injury. (Peckerwoods prospect)
     -- Michael Caviness of El Cajon, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods member)
     -- Merle Willman of Lakeside, Calif., for assault likely to cause great
        bodily harm. (Peckerwoods associate)
     -- Dean Deluke of Santee, Calif., for possession of a controlled substance
        for sales. (Peckerwoods associate)
     -- Adam Hamilton of Santee, Calif., for possession of a controlled
        substance. (Peckerwoods associate)
     In addition to ATF, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, La Mesa
 Police Department, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, El Cajon
 Police Department, California Highway Patrol, San Diego County Probation,
 California State Parole, San Diego County District Attorney's Office, San
 Diego County District Attorney's Investigators and the U.S. Attorney's
 Office for the Southern Judicial District of California assisted in this
 investigation.
     More information on ATF and its programs to reduce violent crime is at
 http://www.atf.gov.
     Contact: Susan K. Raichel, ATF PIO
     Office: (213) 534-2411
     Cellular: (213) 925-4547
 
 

SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

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