Lester C. Robinson
Senior Special Agent/Supervisor/Manager
United States Treasury (retired)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Lester Robinson worked 47 years in his law enforcement career with several agencies, the Salinas, CA Police Department as a detective, U.S. Treasury, ATF , agent, supervisor and manager, U.S. Marshal Service as a special deputy, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Bureau and Sonoma County Sheriff Department as a Deputy Sheriff. He worked many under cover assignments, including 3 years of deep cover infiltrating outlaw motorcycle gangs including the Loosers, Bar Hoppers, Misfits and Hells Angels. He was the first Senior Special Agent promoted to this new position in San Francisco. He developed the first arson/bomb investigation squad in San Francisco. He constantly obtained witnesses, informants and confessions in the most unlikely cases. In an investigation of a cult with a compound in Missouri he developed a confession from a cult leader that resulted in locating all explosives and firearms resulting in a peaceful surrender. This was similar to Waco with a much different results. He obtained confessions from a subject that firebombed a police officers house and a confession from a subject that bombed a police department. His last assignment was to work in the U.S. Attorney's Office to manage ATF's interest in the Northwest Region to coordinate with 9 federal agencies as well as state and local agencies to produce high profile cases for prosecution. From his budget he directed many successful operations in organized crime and major gangs dealing in drugs and guns.
He attended instructor training at the ATF National Academy and became the instructor for conspiracy case laws and the laws of search and seizure. He became the class supervisor for new agent classes and made presentations to graduating students.
He made informational presentations at local, regional and national conferences on subjects of outlaw motorcycle gangs, criminal operations of Jamaican, Asian and Crips and Blood gangs. He frequently gave classes at police academies throughout the country. He was the guest speaker at the first International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Conference and re-appeared as a guest speaker at the 20th year conference with other international speakers. He was called before the U.S. Senate to testify and make a presentation as an expert on organized crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs. After retirement from ATF he worked to assist the U.S. Marshal in opening and conducting operations at the Oakland, CA field office. For the U.S. Department of State he conducted interviews of potential diplomats to confirm their national security status.
He graduated from Hartnell College and attended night law school in Fresno, CA but was transferred before completion of law school.