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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Marijuana Rip Crews Becoming More Common in California, Outlaw Biker Archive Mistakenly Broken Into

 "Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Despite legal cannabis being available in California since 2016 (1996 for medical marijuana patients), the black market for marijuana is still vast, some say even bigger than prior to legalization due in part to high taxes and operating/licensing costs for legitimate growers and dispensaries. It has become largely unprofitable and impractical for Mexican cartels to smuggle massive amounts of weed across the border into California.

The quality and THC levels of even illegal grows in California have far surpassed the Mexican-grown strains to the point of California weed being smuggled in reverse and finding its way into illegal dispensaries in places such as Culiacan, Sinaloa.

Many, including organized crime groups such as the Sinaloa Cartel, Hells Angels, and other bikers, and various Asian groups including Chinese and Mong have set up large-scale illegal or semi-legal grow ops, often in suburban tract homes, out in massive deserts or forest areas and industrial warehouses. These illegal grows, are often busted by local authorities and shut down with little more than confiscations and fines being the punishment (additional charges can include contaminating a water supply, stealing electricity, and money laundering.) These illegal grow ops have also been sites of violence and death, whether due to robberies, business disputes, or internal issues.

Another aspect of the black market marijuana problems plaguing California, especially regarding gang members in more downtown areas, is simply robbing legitimate cannabis products and flower in order to sell on the black market. It is then sold primarily using social media including Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat to advertise not only the green goods for sale but brag about and show off their crimes, lifestyle, and even incriminating their own friends.

The latter of that showing off has helped to implicate members of a long-time Sureño-13 gang based in South East Los Angeles, in multiple rip-offs and attempted rip-offs of marijuana cultivation warehouses to sell on the black market.

Breaking into the Wrong Warehouse

On July 12, 2023, an armed crew rammed an older Tahoe into the roll-up door of a warehouse in Los Angeles. No weed was to be found, but little did they know the warehouse housed the most extensive archive collection of historic outlaw biker and street gang memorabilia. That warehouse was home to the Outlaw Archive, maintained by Bo Bushnell with the help of attorney Paul Zuckerman.

The archived textiles (including patches, vests/cuts, flags, and patterns), photo albums, film, and other items are stored behind a large bank vault. Surrounding the vault sat several classic lowrider cars, Porsches, and several motorcycles, many having belonged to prominent members of various clubs.

None of the collection was taken, with the vault being skipped over entirely as they were looking for cannabis and attempted to kick down a bathroom door looking for it. On the surveillance camera footage, most of the gang members are wearing masks and hoodies, brandishing pistols, and yellow crowbars, and in some cases, in other break-ins, have carried long guns.

But one of the potential thieves who entered the warehouse without a mask or gloves helped Bo and Outlaw Archive followers to identify the gang involved, including that alleged man, known as "Spazz." 

This led down the rabbit hole of other possible members involved in the break-in and/or selling stolen marijuana; their American muscle cars, SUVs, relatives, houses, and businesses including a record label. The gang tied to this and several other marijuana-related burglaries in the Los Angeles area is suspected to be the Hang Out Boys.

Hang Out Boys 13 Gang History

The Hang Out Boys, or HOB Gang, is primarily a Mexican-American gang, on the East Side of South Los Angeles, California. The HOB Gang is a Sureño gang allied with the Mexican Mafia/La eMe. Several rivalries have existed between nearby gangs such as Florencia 13 and the 38th Street Gang. 

In 2011, Roy Galvan, a member of the 41st Street Gang was acquitted of the shooting killing of HOB member Joey Gutierrez. Roy then sued the city of Los Angeles and his two arresting officers.

The gang is based largely in the Newton area, within the jurisdiction of the Newton Community LAPD Police Station #13 (no relation). The Central Bureau station saw the SLA Army Shootout in 1974, Black Panther shootouts, and the LA riots in 1965, 1992, and 2020. Some of these events are proudly displayed on Newton's four-leaf clover with 3 bullet holes logo).

Outlaw Biker Collection

While this may be the first break-in at the warehouse, it is not their first issue with those who live on the edges of society. Bo began the collection after years of collecting punk rock history and producing a documentary on its art. 

During this time, street gang and motorcycle club photos were offered for sale, and eventually, seeing their value and significance, purchased them and the collection has grown from there.

In early 2014, when word got out that he had various Hells Angels patches, Bushnell says, he got a call from a man who identified himself only as Doug and told him he was messing with the wrong people and was going to get hurt. Bushnell figured out Doug was a Hells Angel who went by "Dougie Poo", so he called the biker back and convinced him to meet.

Through Dougie Poo, a one-time HA President of the founding Berdoo Chapter in the 1960s, he began to meet other bikers as well, including Buzzard, Raunchy Pat, the Judge (an outlaw biker felon turned California Judge), and Bill the Shark.

The men told him about the early days of motorcycle gangs. Back then, Bo says, “It wasn’t about being a steroided-out monster looking for a fight.” They saw themselves as “a bunch of 20-somethings who wanted to ride, get loaded and live like 12-year-olds, forever.”

Outlaw Archive, or the RICO project as it is called, has published several limited-run books with some of the photos and files in the collection. Including collaborating with Dougie Poo and former Hells Angel and Merry Prankster, and Grateful Dead graphic artist "Gut" Terk. The collection ranges from early like the Straight Satans based in Venice, to early Hells Angels patches, cuts, and memorabilia as well as more recent items, and the rights to films and books. The existing clubs claim any item that belonged to a club member or has their logo as property of the club. 

So there have been death threats regarding his possession of the club artifacts. (The Hells Angels have sued multiple clothing companies, Toys R Us, and even Disney for using their trademarked Death Head insignia or name without permission).

Word reached the Hells Angels organization that Bushnell was intending to publish a book "Halfway to Berdoo" in 2015. Two members who had told Bushnell their stories were called into a meeting, Bushnell said and told that if the book was published and contained details they’d provided, the members and their families would be killed. Bushnell received the same message.

According to former Hells Angels attorney Fritz Clapp, who for 30 years represented the club in trademark cases and became an early Bushnell supporter, the threats were real and credible.

“He had death threats, actual death threats,” Clapp said. “He was afraid for his life.”

As an insurance policy, Bushnell posted proof of the threats on his Instagram page. Former club attorney Clapp contacted an Angels representative and tried to talk the club down, Clapp said. He put Bushnell in touch with the club’s criminal attorney.

After Bushnell published, and the Angels were sent a copy, the furor died down. Since that time, the threats seem to have come in waves towards the archive from current Hells Angels members and other supporters, as well as keyboard warriors/Instagram gangsters. But praise from former members, like former Ventura President George Christie, Sr., viewed as the second most powerful Hells Angel for many years behind Oakland Chapter founder Ralph "Sonny" Bargar, has appreciated the historical significance and care of the outlaw artifacts. Bargar, when asked, said he had nothing to comment on it.

Trolling the Hang Out Boys Online

Outlaw Archive, in addition to trolling those HOB and affiliated gang members responsible for breaking into their warehouse, has been providing video footage from similar break-ins. Even some that have occurred since the exposing of the gang and their methods on the @outlawarchive Instagram account.

Several of the videos shared include similar perpetrators, tattoos, vehicles, tools, and methods. The surveillance videos, usually timecoded early in the morning, show the same MO of backing up a large SUV (likely stolen) into warehouse roll-up doors. The armed men stand guard in the street until the security gates have been breached. During one such incident, the men threatened and pistol-whipped an innocent bystander (possibly a security guard) who was already there when they began their burglary.

Then, the nearly dozen guys flood into the warehouses, seemingly with no planning or coordination with what they are looking for, as evidenced by their break-in of the Outlaw Archive "RICO" collection. There, looking for marijuana, they skipped over millions of dollars worth of cars, motorcycles, cameras, and a bank vault housing the largest archive of outlaw biker memorabilia. 

Oddly enough, Bo also is an avid collector of LA street gang history as well including historic photos of Crips and Bloods members and has several police and prison files on the Mexican Mafia.

This armed smash-and-grab seems to be the standard MO for the Hang Out Boys rip crew. But they are not the only ones breaking into dispensaries, distribution centers, and grow spots. In recent years, the number of break-ins, at retail dispensaries especially has also increased.

Increase in Cannabis Targeted Burglaries & Robberies

According to state data obtained by MJBizDaily, reported break-ins and burglaries at California cannabis businesses more than doubled from 2021 to 2022. In 2022, licensed businesses in California reported 329 break-ins or burglaries with losses, according to California Department of Cannabis Control figures. That’s more than double the 147 burglaries reported in 2021. The worst hit was Los Angeles County with 111 reported incidents, a third of all reported cannabis burglaries in California.

This year, according to multiple interviews, the crimes have become more sophisticated, with break-in crews armed with sophisticated tools and appearing at distribution warehouses that don’t have a publicly listed address.

That’s led business owners to suspect an “inside job”: someone currently or formerly employed in the industry, who would know where to go and what to look for, and whose identity would be in the state-mandated database of qualified cannabis employees.

But since the break-ins have continued and law enforcement has made few arrests, frustrated and exhausted business owners say they’ve been forced to take matters into their own hands offering rewards and conducting their own investigations.

Following a 12-man break-in at Urbn Leaf dispensary on Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, Ed Schmults, CEO of Urbn Leaf said in a statement. “Due to the product we carry we are more vulnerable to break-ins than traditional retailers, and as the state continues to raise taxes on cannabis businesses our ability to protect ourselves is marginalized. As tax-paying businesses, cannabis dispensaries deserve the same protection from authorities granted to traditional storefronts.” The value of the cannabis is around $11,000, KCAL reported, citing comments from a security guard.

In the Bay Area, at a Stiiizy location, armed assailants kidnapped an employee and drove him across the Bay Bridge to Oakland and back before forcing him to open up locked areas.

Near Sacramento, the dispensary and distribution center, Delta Boyz, has turned to hiring security guards armed with AR-15 rifles, at the suggestion of law enforcement. The monthly tab is $20,000 per month, which “eats away at our margins,” owner Sebastian Maldonado said. And Maldonado is well aware of the risk of a shootout, which could lead to him losing his business licenses. “It’s just an absolute nightmare,” he said.

Even with well-armed guards, the break-ins have continued. After he lost $250,000 during a late-January heist, carloads of burglars showed up four times in March, Maldonado said. Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies made an arrest, and that was only after Maldonado's company took matters into its own hands.

After a March 5 break-in, Maldonado said, “we followed one of the cars full of our weed” all the way from Isleton to the Sacramento city limits, about a 45-minute drive on twisty country roads and Interstate 5, he said. Waiting Sheriff’s deputies intercepted the alleged burglars at a highway off-ramp and arrested them, but even then, Maldonado didn’t recover any losses. The stolen product is sitting in a Sheriff’s Department evidence locker, getting stale. He said they have had over $1 million in losses in the last three years due to break-in thefts.

LA Sheriff Deputy Led Armed Robbery in 2018

And in Los Angeles County, a now-former LA Sherrif Deputy was convicted of leading a $2 million armed robbery of a marijuana distribution warehouse. He was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for orchestrating the armed robbery, staged as a legitimate law enforcement search, at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse where more than half a ton of marijuana and over $600,000 in cash was stolen.

During the early morning hours of October 29, 2018, Sheriff Deputy Marc Antrim and his co-conspirators dressed as armed LASD deputies approached the warehouse in an LASD Ford Explorer. Upon arrival, Antrim flashed his LASD badge and a fake search warrant to the security guards to gain entry to the warehouse.

Antrim, an off-duty patrol deputy based out of Temple City, and two fake deputies sported LASD clothing, wore duty belts, and carried firearms. One fake deputy also visibly carried a long gun. At the beginning of the two-hour robbery, Antrim and his co-conspirators detained the three warehouse security guards in the back cage of the LASD Ford Explorer.

Soon after the guards were detained, a fourth man arrived at the warehouse in a large rental truck, and all four men began loading marijuana into the truck. When Los Angeles Police Department officers legitimately responded to a call for service at the warehouse during the robbery, Antrim falsely told the LAPD officers that he was an LASD narcotics deputy conducting a legitimate search. After LAPD officers left the warehouse, other co-conspirators arrived and the robbery continued, allowing the fake law enforcement crew to steal even more marijuana and two large safes containing over half a million dollars in cash.


  1. Purdue pharma went door to door saying oxy was non addictive. Let's talk about real shit.

    1. You should create your own website. Write a report on that. Then shut your trap and enjoy BB.

  2. Sorry I jumped the gun, I only read the title and had to quickly race to the comment’s. Your a day late and a dollar short. Sembrando mota en California ya paso de moda. These kid jackers are nothing new. Growing Bud for a profit is VERY DIFFICULT. So trust me when I say… If u are really about it, and your taking care of your garden, NOBODY is gonna jack u. Fall asleep and u will wake up with NO garden… G.C.

    1. So what' next with the mota you think? So many farmers have gone out of business

    2. 10:54 Hate to side bust but here I go. What I see in Central Cali is a lot of regular working people getting into growing to make a quick profit for the year. These people invest and if they harvest product sell at wholesale.
      Many have beginners luck, get more involved and aspire to be "druglords". More often than not in the next season they start getting raided . If they're lucky they just lose their investment and lament while others also get incarcerated and later on deported.
      Plug up with more serious traffickers and watch them get caught up in more serious investigations. The game ain't forever pero no quieren entender.

    3. @8:22 Very well said and for the most part that’s really how it went down in the Central Valley, but that was YEARS AGO when the out door pack was at least $1,000. Back then A regular 9 to 5er could make an extra $50,000 for there house hold planting 12 plants in there back yard netting them 5lb per plant at $1,000 per, minus operational cost, but them days are over. The only ppl that truly made money from those ppl in particular were the local used car dealerships,local bars, the local tamboraso bands and of course the local gold diggers . Most of them were BROKE by Christmas…G.C.

    4. 12:06 the whole valley is basically the same market. I remember an oz of 🔥cristal being 1k when perico was 450-500 in the mid 2000s.
      Now people say the perico went down to those mid 2000s # and windows are practically free. IDK. I wonder if it can stand up to the baking soda test?
      It was said the outdoor rama was going to go for 4 bills but unfortunately for them they lost it just like last year. Muy malo el negocio

    5. @5:37, El PinPin or Caspita del Diablo is super cheap rn. I’m assuming it’s cook back grade but I can’t stamp it. On the east coast it’s more than 500-600 a zip but not much more. I was told it was because supply outpaced demand during the pandemic shutdown, but who really knows why. I’m surprised someone hasn’t created a superficial drought to jack up the prices.

  3. California is now a 3rd world cess pool....the cops won't do their jobs and nobody is being prosecuted.....I love it as it is making my property in Arizona more valuable month to month.

    1. Az😆😂🤣

    2. California is technically a 2nd class cesspool. Arizona, now that’s a 3rd class cesspool…

    3. 9:46pm, ok grandpa. It’s nap time

    4. California is still doing vastly better than most Southern states which have been 5th world cesspools for decades.

    5. 1109 doing better as in higher drug addiction and people crappng have ñ the streets?
      California has been dragging the USA into the gutter for decades….

    6. 12:34 lmao have you been to Arkansas, West Virginia, etc? Whole towns devastated by pills and meth. The only difference is that in California is concentrated in the cities.

    7. We know why these rats hate on the south and its nothing to do with green,pills,or drugs

    8. 12:34
      Actually, the southern states have had higher addiction, violent crime, obesity, teen pregnancies, divorces, pregnancies out of wedlock, heart disease, diabetes... But everyone turns a blind eye and point the finger at the richest state, California. Before you pass judgment with absurd statements take time to study the issue at hand so you don't appear as a dumb automaton repeating what you most likely heard from another dumb automaton.

    9. 4:58 tells us why people on here hate on the South?

    10. 613 BS none of that is true stop making up shit
      California rich? Sure at a price of morals
      Overtaxed over regulated smog homelessness child trafficking woke libero state
      Utah has asked for help bc they don’t want the California “refuges” lol
      And Texas sure as hell don’t and none of the other southern states
      The beaches are better in Alabama and Florida
      Nobody wants Californians in their state…. They have low morals and bad politics

    11. 3:03
      It's all true, verify the research yourself instead of hand waving it away with "BS none of that is true stop making up shit". Also, California is the 5th largest in economy in the world, bigger than even most countries, and it's the richest state in the U.S. in GDP.

    12. "The FBI's final 2012 crime statistics confirm a long-term and somewhat puzzling fact — the South has more violent crime than the rest of America"

      "When comparing teen birth rates by state, the ten states with the highest number of teen moms were almost all southern states: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Nevada"

      "People living in the South are disproportionately affected by fatal heart conditions, including heart attacks, hypertension, coronary artery disease and strokes"

      "According to research published Monday in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal CirculationTrusted Source, several Southern states below the Mason-Dixon line experience more heart disease-related deaths compared with the rest of the country"

      You can search the quotes to get the sources. If you prefer peer review - I doubt you care about serious research since you hand wave away inconvenient truths - journals let me know.

  4. The 5th to last pic is from an absolutely nuts video from Compton… the tender got shot in the face but still let off a clip of rounds at the punkass kids…

    It’s on YouTube titled something like “Compton pot shop robbery”

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    1. Speaking of ripping off… 🦉

  6. Really good read!

  7. This happens because a gram of "hydro" wich is not real dro grown bud 99% of the time is 15 dollars a gram because of greed of goverment. The legal growers are paying a shitload on just permits.

    1. You realize that most indoor nowadays is definitely hydro I wish it was more soil
      Grown indoor nowadays but it's definitely almost all dro if grown indoors buy large companies

  8. Pretty fascinating. Thanks Socalj

  9. That's Super old news... We were jacking Fooos for Pz back in 2004... 2005..2006...2007.. it was just what we did... It's part of the game... Who were they going to tell....

    1. @3:51 yup u right it’s old news. Jack boys have been around for a very long time. NEVER happened to because I had 24 hour watch.
      Not saying they didn’t try.
      Let’s just say there’s a few J boys walking around with 2

  10. Eventually theyre gonna rob the wrong group and get picked up and disappeared. Its happened to rippers up north

  11. Por esas ratas la llevamos todos

  12. The marijuana market has collapsed weed is not worth anything anymore unless it’s super good indoor exotic packs. And even those have lost 70% of their value. During COVID the market was at its highest with high end packs going for 3.5k all the way to 5k.. depps and outdoor or greenhouse packs were atleast 1-1.5k. And that was a deal back then. Also people had a lot of money there was assistance COVID money ppp money people didn’t have to pay their rent anymore everyone had lots of cash.. now the same outdoor flgreenhouse packs can go for 100$ a pound…exotic indoor packs are around 900-1.2.. lathe market has collapsed and is dead with no sight of going back to how it was. So even if they do steal marijuana they won’t make much money because it’s not worth anything!!

    1. Now you know why “illicit drugs” are illegal..

  13. Thats them dirty low bottoms or what we call that area out here in la since its on the 30s,20s and teens area of streets , they hitting all the grow labs in their area, its a grimy area in LA by USC , that low bottom area is so gang infested BUT they are hitting non protected growers , these fools are not hitting any protected cartel, eme , or bigger player (gang) growers , its just funny that an “outlaw” biker is putting some flockers on blast , the irony

  14. Imagine holding hells angels memorabilia and acting like that lol, mr.rat. Im sure all the angels he befriended are super duper proud of him.

  15. I've been keeping up with the soap opera. Dudes trolling them Edgar's hard. If they ever get jammed up I'd like to see BB post it. This is one of those stories where "BB had it before it made the 6 o clock news"

    1. Trolling or snitching for his own benefit. He should have a sit down with his favorite hells angels chapter and cry a river to them. Im sure they can come up with a resolution and make the star witnesses also. Win win for everyone.

    2. I was also keeping up with the Edgar story but it got taken down.

    3. 728 "Ratting" and "snitching" is what criminals do amongst eachother. He's not a criminal therefore it's not considered ratting nor Snitching. Its called reporting a crime. If we had less people like the Edgar's and more people like the archives guy who are willing to report a crime the world would be a way better place. Fuck them Edgar's.

    4. 1047.. SNITCHING is snitching anyway you put it. The archive guy did not learn any codes from his meetings with any 1%er. Hope all his biker guy friends are proud of him and keep building up his collection. As for the “ Edgars” they’ll do their time, but I’m sure the cycle will continue. Like someone stated it’s nothing new.

    5. When an old lady's pursed gets snatched and she calls the police, she's not snitching, she's reporting a crime. When someone's home gets broken into while they're away and they return and proced to file a police report, it's not snitching, again it's reporting a crime. Again, snitching is something done amongst criminals, not the regular population.

    6. 9:07 💯🎯. In many countries criminals have cops etcetera on their payroll and do give them information to affect their enemy operations besides trying to murder them. Part of the game. But when criminals testify in court against their enemies to save their ass than those MF are POS scum.
      Some MF have even testified against their own socios, compadres and parientes. How low can you go? That's how some of those merciless murderers who thought they owned the world end up.


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