måndag 11 mars 2013

Inside Berlin's Gang Scene - A Merger Makes Hells Angels Stronger, And Smarter

BERLIN - The Berlin chapters of the Bandidos gang, whose members have a reputation for being armed and dangerous, had been considerably weakened of late with many members in jail. But the Berliner Morgenpost has learned from law enforcement officials that all 15 members of the “Midtown” chapter of the Bandidos – the last remaining chapter in Berlin -- have joined forces with their former arch-enemy, the Hells Angels.

This represents a nightmare for Berlin police. The rival groups often kept each other in check by violently trying to put a spoke in the wheel of their respective (illegal) activities -- but they are now united under one banner.

Head honcho of the newly-merged entity is a Turkish ex-boxer, Kadir P. A few years back he created a sensation when he took 70 Bandidos members with him and defected to the Hells Angels. According to one investigator familiar with the gang scene, Kadir P.’s successful tactics are a “cleverly woven web.”

In police circles, he’s known as “Kadir Capone” after the legendary mafia boss. “The virtually complete disappearance of the Bandidos in Berlin opens the doors wide to organized crime in our city,” this source says.

The defection itself took place earlier this year, and went completely unnoticed. The former Bandidos are not yet full Hells Angels; they remain “prospects” until they prove their value to the community. However becoming a “prospect” immediately shows that the new members are already considered important to that community.

Intelligent thug
In the past, Hells Angels and Bandidos in Berlin and its surrounding area were known for their vicious knife and machete fights during which many members suffered severe injuries and the near amputation of limbs.
According to one crime investigator: “With that history, the fact that these guys are now joining forces as if nothing happened shows that bottom line all that really matters to them is money.”

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