Pagans Bad Month

November 18, 2014

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The Pagans are having a bad month. The former club president and a former chapter president were sentenced to prison last week and the prosecutor who put them there claims the club isn’t very dangerous anymore.

A Pennsylvania judge named Debra Pezze sentenced former club president Dennis “Rooster” Katona to 40 to 80 months in jail after finding him guilty of  drug possession with intent to distribute. Police found about three ounces of cocaine and three ounces of methamphetamine in Katona’s bedroom after a 30-man Swat team raided his home in June 2011. Police alleged the drugs had a street value of $20,000. During his non-jury trial Katona’s lawyer, a man named Paul D. Boas, argued that there was no proof the drugs belong to his client. Apparently, Judge Pezze thought there was.

During the long buildup to Katona’s trial his lawyer claimed the former Pagan president had been entrapped by a Pennsylvania State Trooper named Robert W. Stauffer. Boas also accused prosecutors of hiding evidence that could clear his client. Katona spent a year in jail, was unable to work and eventually went broke. Not long after that, he and his wife Sherri were sued by Verizon Communications Inc. for $5,388. While Katona was on home arrest a drunk driver named Ronald S. Thomas borrowed Katona’s car and hit a utility pole. Verizon then sued Katona for the cost.


Also last week a former Pagans chapter president named Raymond “Pete” Overly pled guilty to racketeering and was sentenced by a state judge named Chris Feliciani to three years in prison. Overly was indicted in 2008. The main charge against him was that he sold drugs at cost to other Pagans. Police alleged he ran a “Pagans drug trafficking network” that imported cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Atlanta then sold the drugs in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Overly was one of six Pagans charged after a three-year-long investigation, The other defendants were either sentenced to short prison sentences or probation.

Overly disappeared after he was indicted and turned up in Middleburg, Florida last May. Seventeen of the charges against him were dropped when he agreed to plead guilty. The prosecutor, Michael Ahwesh, admitted the case against Overly had problems. “The events occurred eight years ago,” he said. “Some of the witnesses changed circumstances. They are not in the best of shape, and a couple just disappeared.”


Ahwesh prosecuted both Overly and Katona and he made some unexpected remarks about the reputed criminality of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. He said the Pagans weren’t involved in any drug business that might have been conducted by Overly. Six years ago the grand jury alleged the Pagans “made money for the gang by selling drugs.” Last week Ahwesh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Overly “was using Pagan prospects to deliver the drugs. None of those guys ever became Pagans.”

After Katona’s sentencing, the ever chatty Ahwesh told the Tribune-Review the Pagans weren’t the threat to law and order they were once alleged to have been. “They’re still around but not as active as they were,” the prosecutor said. “They’re getting old and not being replaced.”

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21 Responses to “Pagans Bad Month”

  1. RVN69 Says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t take any bets on the Pagan’s MC going away any time soon, at least not as long as there are men who love motorcycles, freedom, honor and brotherhood.

    Respect to the Pagan’s MC

  2. CN Says:

    Making that statement has to be the definition of transparency for bait and entrap. “Call em’ weak and they’ll go out and prove us wrong, these knuckle draggers can’t resist”, said the short man with the inferiority complex from the Midwest with the uneven mustache. But little Steven Cook was wrong again and nobody hung out with him at the Ramada after the Conference, having all gone home to calculate their overtime for attendance. Steven left the next day and noticed the oil in his Prius hadn’t been changed so he stopped off at the Jiffy Lube next to the Interstate. The kid running the joint looked at him while he tried to hard sell him windshield wipers he didn’t need. “You look familiar” said the mechanic. Steven’s day started to look up. “Aren’t you ….aren’t you…wait don’t tell me, oh snap, you’re that Hitler guy I saw on the History Channel!” Little Steven’s chin sunk low on his snap on tie. That was the third time he’d heard that over the weekend.

  3. popeye Says:

    Thats some funny shit. steve cook a legend in his own mind

  4. KneesInTheBreeze Says:

    I’m still stuck on the fact that a Pagans chapter president wound up down here in lil ol’ Middleburg, FL. Former home of the asshole IO prospect who murdered Zach Tipton. And also home to a BPMC chapter.

  5. dirk diggler Says:

    Steve Cook is a dink

  6. 7of9 Says:

    What is it about Middleburg, Florida? We had so many jokes in Jax for people from Middleburg and it seems like, if you’re going to try to disappear into redneck heaven, it’s Middleburg.

  7. RtC Says:

    Ya know, the amounts found are what the fuckin’ REAL STREET GANGS sell
    every DAY! But yet the feds go after bikers BECAUSE… They can’t infiltrate the REAL GANGS, so they have to go after the LAST AMERICAN
    COWBOYS in order to justify their means. Thats just fucking sad. Pick on
    the little guy! Imagine that! FUCK YOU FEDS! I hope some wet-back wastes
    your ass! You are wasting our time & money PLUS you are killing innocent
    people everyday! What the fuc is wrong with you poor bullied children?!

  8. 7of9 Says:

    KneesInTheBreeze – Middleburg is a pretty cheap place to live and commute to Jacksonville for work. It’s also outside JSO jurisdiction and, from what I understand, the Middleburg police are a little more relaxed and less corrupt? It might explain the IO prospect living there, since he was military and likely not making a ton of money (hey, it’s better than Mayport!) and would explain lower costs for a BPMC clubhouse.

  9. Whitepride Says:

    Three ounces of blow and three ounces of meth sounds like a party with friends! Shouldn’t even be a charge! When are people gonna wake up and see that if you want to stop illegal drugs then just make them legal and the government would save billions of dollars!

  10. Whitepride Says:

    @7of9. I got friends in Orange Park and Fruit Cove. I love it down there! No cold weather. No snow. Maybe someday I can move down there part time and be able to ride year round. I used to not mind riding in the cold but now that I’m getting old and my body is beat up it hurts more and more every winter to be out in the cold.

  11. Blind Tom Says:

    Whitepride, respect. The government is the number-one supplier of drugs worldwide legal and otherwise. It’s not in their interest to make them legal.

  12. panamaa Says:

    7of9 , KneesInTheBreeze,

    Middleburg is a great place to hide. I lived there-abouts for over 30 years, but unless your a redneck you stand out like a sore thumb… I wonder how Mr.Overly ended up there being from Pennsylvania?

    And your right about the cops, they pretty much leave you alone unless your being an asshole…..


  13. BMW Says:

    Condolences to the Pagan Nation on the temporary loss of their leaders. The leaders here, like so many mc leaders everywhere, seem to have been set up by a corrupt and false law enforcement that can’t or won’t do anything about criminal street gangs selling TONS of coke and meth every week. White bikers make a great target for these corrupt officials, since Sharpton, the ACLU and such don’t care about a bunch of white lower middle class motorcycle riders.
    Sounds to me like the persecutor is baiting the Pagans, hoping someone is Pissed off enough or dumb enough to do something to try to prove him wrong. If the Pagans are indeed older, perhaps they are smart enough to recognize the biker/bear baiting that is taking place. Persecutors like to have their victims set up like ducks on a firing range, ready to take them down. You can bet the Penny State Troopers and Fibbies are just waiting to see if the Pagans or some of their rivals is willing to take the bait. I can see them listening into everyone’s phones, waiting for a sign that the baiting works.


  14. FF Says:

    Rooster’s case is another example of the federal governments targeting, vilifying and persecuting enemies of the state.

    The bastards in Washington DC are all criminal scumbags who destroy millions of citizens lives daily with unconstitutional laws that they illegally pass and who’s goon squads of local, state and federal pigs enforce by threats of violence and incarceration.

    Whether the drugs were his or not, Rooster was charged with possession of what amounts to the usage that would supply a dozen DNC fundraisers in the Hampton’s or Martha’s Vineyard on a weekend jaunt. But the amount really is insignificant. Whether it’s two ounces or two tenths of a gram ie Jason Fogle, if they want to get you, they will.

    Polite society thinks that somehow we shold all sleep safer tonight because a middle aged white guy who likes to ride motorcycles is behind bars…

    I wonder how many red, white and blue law-abiding mom and apple pie betcha by golly church on Sunday the right to vote American citizens would pass the smell test if a 30 man SWAT team arbitrarily kicked down their door at O Dark Thirty and tore their houses apart?

    Or how many people would walk away unscathed if the FBI, ATF, IRS et al ruthlessly and relentlessly pursued them leaving no stone unturned until something, ANYTHING could be found that would inevitably lead to a conviction and a prison sentence?

    Not too many of us, I would imagine. But alas, we’ve become a nation too consumed with our bread and circuses, our indulgences and selfishness. We really don’t give a shit about one another, do we? We point our fingers at the other, we pile on, we do anything we can to keep the target off our own backs but deep down inside, we know we’re just as guilty— if that is even the right word— as the guy who’s locked up in a cell who can’t even take a shit in peace without some creepy guard videotaping him.

    Novartis International AG raked in a cool $57 billion dollars in 2013. Novartis is the number one supplier of Methylphenidate, it’s trade name, Ritalin. The customers? Children. Mostly little boys.

    Millions of them. Every day. A new generation of mindless junkies and consumers. medicated and indoctrinated. But they got their drugs from a guy with a medical PHD, not a biker, so it’s ok. The cops said so. the politicians said so. Don’t think about it, don’t ask questions, just drink your six pack of corporate piss and watch the manchild on the tv who’s pumped up full of HGH, gorilla testosterone, and Anabolic Steroids who catches the ball and runs really, really fast.

    America, kill your sons.

  15. KneesInTheBreeze Says:

    Yeah I live here in Middleburg, and I like it here. I just thought it was interesting how a Pagan from PA wound up here. As someone else said, a Yankee would definitely stand out around here. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go listen to some Waylon pound some PBR, beat my wife and kick my dog.
    And Clay County sheriffs are pricks just like cops everywhere.

  16. Fiat Lux Says:

    To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. — Proudhon (1851)

  17. stocker Says:

    Uh, the 16 Have a Chapter in Florida, uh they are allied with the AOA
    and NUNYA.

  18. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    The Rooster is out bad according to the Pagan’s Nation rank and file.

  19. hjc1975 Says:

    I’m for the mc, they are the last real Americans

  20. "ISSUES,PA Says:

    Why are all the fat cats in Harrisburg and in DC, worried about the “Boys”? Unlike the Crew here in Pa. And other places I rode for many years I was always treated well and I always knew where I stood with them unlike the people who run the state and country who are so F n dirty that when they get busted for everything from bribes to Molesting kids that they get sent to a Country Club that they call prison and not in with the Freedom seekers like the Crew so they can share their opinions about the facts of life and how things should run in this country! Now you may put me on a “Watch list” I say to the Members of the Pagan’s MC “KEEP YOUR FACES IN THE WIND AND LET THE RUBBBER SIDE DRAG,”

  21. grant philpot Says:

    its funny , the wods come to me about how regfan is shot but not dead and all is not a nigger but anyone still speaking their minds is treated like one still should be royal treatment for you leukemia or not cancer is cancer of the soul or of the body, or of the speech /speak, or of the scene or of there of . you can not get anymore criminal than to hide behind crimes in justce systems to put on the run decentcy because of your own failures and truths that is that you are criminal pagans are innocenti

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