Linden Man Charged In West Virginia Racketeering Case Denied Bail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Linden man accused of bringing illegal gambling proceeds to West Virginia in 2008 was denied bail and will remain in custody pending trial in the racketeering case.

Sergio “Cano” Cuevas, 70, was arrested in October after a 44-count indictment was unsealed. Fifty-five defendants, including members of the Pagans and other smaller, associated biker clubs, are accused in the document of using violence and intimidation to control territory along the east coast from New Jersey to Florida.


Last week, Special Agent Rob Cunningham of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified that Cuevas took over as the Pagans’ president of presidents after co-defendant William Hankins Sr. retired last summer. In that position, Cuevas acted as a liaison between chapter presidents and members of the mother club, the Pagans’ board of directors, Cunningham said.

Hankins, 54, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to funnelling illegal gambling proceeds to the Pagans’ national president and vice president. Following his plea, Hankins told agents that Cuevas took his place, according to Cunningham.

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