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Sheriff's deputies break up motorcycle gang's congregation

Posted: March 11, 2009 9:37 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Sheriff's deputies cited 24 suspected outlaw motorcycle gang members and broke up a group of 300 who congregated in Canyon Country over the weekend and prompted complaints from residents, officials said Wednesday.

"What concerns me is this is the second time in as many months we have seen these large, disruptive groups pour into the Santa Clarita area," said Capt. Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

"Although the gathering itself is not unlawful, some of the actions of these individuals and the motorcycles they are riding are illegal," La Berge said in a statement.

The motorcycle motorcade of suspected gang members, believed to be associated with the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang, stretched for miles over Sand Canyon Road, crossing Soledad Canyon Road Sunday morning.

They wound up in the 16000 block of Sierra Highway near Vasquez Canyon Road, where residents complained of noise and of the cyclists blocking roads.

"Our primary goal is to ensure public safety and peace in response to community complaints and concerns about these bikers," La Berge said.

"We will do whatever it takes to accomplish just that."


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