Posted: Mar 17, 2013 2:35 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Gang Enforcement Unit arrested five people who are allegedly associated with a San Luis Obispo County Chapter of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
The arrests were made following a routine traffic stop.
It happened near the intersection of Highway 154 at Highway 101 around 8 p.m. Friday night.
The five motorcyclists were reportedly riding together when two failed to stop at a red light. Officials stopped the two motorcyclists, and the three others stopped in the middle of the Highway waiting for the other members of their group.
Officials say all of the riders were wearing Vagos Motorcycle Club insignia. The club is a known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
During the stop, officials found concealed semi-automatic handguns in the motorcycle saddlebags.
After investigating the situation, Detectives from the Sheriff's Gang Enforcement Unit arrested all five motorcyclists on firearms related charges with gang enhancements.
Detectives arrested 46-year-old Kirk Koester (pictured) of Cayucos, the club's San Luis Obispo Chapter President, and his wife, 41-year-old Shannon Koester of Cayucos. They also arrested 38-year-old Byron Posey of Paso Robles, 46-year-old Daniel Chapman of Paso Robles, and 41-year-old John Gallagher of San Luis Obispo.
All five were booked into the county jail charged with possession of a concealed firearm, being an active participant of a criminal street gang in possession of a concealed firearm, and gang enhancement allegations.
The case has been turned over to the District Attorney's office.
No arraignment date has been set.
There are over 600 Vagos Motorcycle Club members in the country. The club originated in San Bernadino County in the 1960's.
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