Alleged Vagos gang associate speaks out from behind bars

SACRAMENTO - In a jailhouse interview with News10, a suspected associate of a motorcycle gang accused of drug trafficking denied that he had gang ties.

"I can't tell you about the Vagos. I'm so far away from being a Vagos you couldn't even imagine," James Cline Jr. said. "I'm a hard-working grandfather. I got mixed up for a second. I haven't done anything to hurt anybody though."

The FBI calls the Vagos the biggest outlaw motorcycle gang in the area and said it has ties to an international, highly-organized criminal network. On Wednesday, federal agents capped off more than a year's worth of undercover work that resulted in four arrests. Several Vagos members are named in the FBI criminal complaint, which states that the Vagos trafficked in Meth, illegal weapons, and stolen motorcycles.

In the criminal complaint, James Cline Jr. is accused of being a drug supplier. The FBI also arrested accused gang members Leonard Walter and Michael Write and accused drug supplier Richard Cardenas.

Court documents show that the FBI used an undercover employee who coordinated a series of drug purchases that led to the arrests.

Cline said he was never affiliated with the Vagos motorcycle gang or with any other motorcycle gang. He also said he wasn't even aware of the charges against him. The indictment accuses him of selling drugs to Vagos members and an undercover officer.

Cline is being held at Sacramento County Jail. There is a federal hold on him so he is ineligible for bail.


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