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According to evidence introduced at trial, Sears was a member of the Connecticut chapter of the Diablos, a national outlaw motorcycle gang founded in 1964 in San Bernardino, California, and run by defendant John Baltas, current national president of the Diablos.
The Diablos is a national outlaw motorcycle gang founded in 1964 in San Bernardino, California, and run by defendant John Baltas, current national president of the Diablos.
Record-Journal - City forecloses on home owned by Diablos leader
MERIDEN - The city has filed a lawsuit to foreclose on a three-family house owned by John J. 'Jack' Baltas, the reputed leader of the Diablos Motorcycle Club.
The city also gave Baltas
a $6,000 interest-free loan in 1981 to make improvements to the property.Under terms of the agreement, the loan must be repaid when the property transfers.Baltas
, who ran for City Council in 1993 and 1995, has been in federal prison in Otisville, NY, since his
1998 conviction on cocaine smuggling, stolen vehicle and gun dealing charges.
The tax bills, which were mailed to his
prison address, went delinquent starting in 2005.
In December of that year, federal and state agents raided the clubhouse, and other locations associated with the club, and arrested 15 people on various charges including drug and gun possession.
The foreclosure suit names several banks that may have an interest in the property.It also shows that Baltas
had a habit of mortgaging the property to post bail for people.
Once the debts are paid, any remaining money would go to Baltas
.The house was assessed at $78,680 in the 2006 revaluation, for an estimated market value of $112,400.
Among those arrested were Stefano ...
Among those arrested were Stefano Bertoldo, the president of the Diablos' Connecticut chapter, and John J. Baltas Sr., the founder and national president of the Diablos.
Donald K. Stern, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and Barry W. Mawn, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today that Jack Baltas, age 57, of 168 Grove Street, Meriden, Connecticut, the national president of the Diablos, and Daniel Lafreniere, age 50, of 36 Shady Brook Lane in Springfield, formerly the Sergeant-at-arms of the Massachusetts Chapter, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute two kilograms of heroin.
U.S. Attorney Stern stated, "The conviction of Jack Baltas
, the heart and soul of the Diablos
, removes the glue that holds the Diablos