Gangland Undercover (History)


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Further to just starting the thread Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels (History) | AVForums, I thought I should start this one too, on another TV show of interest to SOA fans ...

Factually based 6-part miniseries premiered in the US back in February
- and here on History UK at 10pm on Tuesday 8th September.

Written and created by Charles Falco, a former ATF confidential informant who infiltrated an outlaw motorcycle gang, based on his 2013 memoir, Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs.

The only man brave enough to sneak into three outlaw biker gangs and live to tell the tale, Charles Falco, author of “Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws,” goes from convict to infiltrator as he secretly documents the Vagos’ illegal activities and ultimately brings them to justice. With the real Charles Falco starting each episode in a silhouetted interview, his story is brought to life in this fact-based docudrama series that sees Falco work as an informant for the Feds on a covert mission inside the dangerous Vagos’ world of violence, murder and drug trafficking. Having climbed the gang’s ranks while facilitating 62 arrests, Charles Falco exposes how he crippled the criminal enterprise from the core of the biker underworld in this mind-blowing true story GANGLAND UNDERCOVER.
Charles Falco was born and raised in Los Angeles. Falco was a privately contracted infiltrator for the ATF and is currently one of the foremost biker gang experts in the United States. He is one of only three men in the world who have successfully infiltrated three of the world’s largest and deadliest biker gangs and the only private contractor in the world that has accomplished this feat.

Despite lacking any experience with motorcycle gangs, Charles Falco infiltrated the Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths to justice.

His dedication was profound; Falco spent almost three years infiltrating the Vagos gang and rose to second in command of the Victorville, California chapter. He even served time in San Bernardino’s Murder Unit and endured solitary confinement to protect his cover and the investigations. Falco recorded confessions of gangland-style killings and nearly became a target himself before he sought refuge in the Witness Protection Program. But discontent to remain on the sidelines and motivated by a strong sense of duty, Falco eventually left the program and volunteered his talents again to infiltrate the Mongols and Outlaws, rising in rank to vice president of the Petersburg, Virginia Outlaws chapter.

His efforts culminated in 62 arrests of members for various crimes, including assault and murder. Executing one of this country’s most successful RICO prosecutions and effectively crippling the criminal enterprise, Falco’s engrossing narrative shows the dangers of the biker underworld.

Falco has a graduate degree in criminal justice and currently works as a lead instructor for a national law enforcement training institute.
Sons of Anarchy may have just ended, but the History Channel is jumping in the saddle — Gangland Uncover, premiering Tuesday, February 24, is based on the 2013 memoirVagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs by Charles Falco, the DEA's most daring undercover agent of California biker gangs. In 2001, Falco was earning over $500,000 a year dealing methamphetamine when the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raided his Southern California home and offered him a choice: Spend 22 years in prison without parole, or become an undercover informant. Falco joined with the DEA, spent a few years working small drug cases, and was then given a bigger assignment, this time with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — infiltrate the Vagos Motorcycle Club, a biker gang considered to be the "largest urban terroris" organization in the U.S. at the time. Gangland Undercover offers a real-life look into how these gangs operate, so Falco says not to expect any Hollywood theatrics. "Sons Of Anarchy tries to give a romantic view of that lifestyle," he says, speaking in a laid-back drawl from an undisclosed location (Falco is still in the Witness Protection Program.) "There is no romantic view. These guys are thugs, and more than anything, they're murderers, drug dealers, and bullies. They don't like normal society and they hate normal civilians."
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