An internal affairs investigation is under way and taking a look at the New Mexico corrections department after word surfaced that a number of corrections officers are involved in a motorcycle club.
The investigation is looking into whether or not a group of corrections officers are members of Los Hermanos motorcycle club, based out of Las Vegas, NM. Authorities say Maj. Adino Castillo, former head of security at a prison facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been transferred to a different state facility after his attempts to start a Santa Fe chapter of Los Hermanos came to light.
Those same sources say Castillo’s plan to form a rival chapter pissed off members of the notoriously tur-conscious Bandidos motorcycle gang and led the gang to threaten prison guards Castillo recruited to ride with Los Hermanos. The New Mexico Corrections department put out a statement which confirmed that an investigation is underway and that the probe involved more than one officer.
When the story came to light, Castillo voluntarily transferred to a facility in Grants, N.M.
Outside sources say at least a dozen guards are full-patch members of Los Hermanos and received preferential treatment from Castillo based on their club affiliation. The department plans to update its employee code of ethics regarding the conduct of its officers while on – and off – duty as a result of the investigation.
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