Pagans Soap Opera Nears End

February 23, 2017

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Pagans Soap Opera Nears End

The publicity soaked Pagans prescription pill case took another step toward oblivion last week when a club member named Patrick “Redneck” Treacy was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly conspiring with a Philadelphia osteopath in a scheme to sell prescription drugs on the black market.

The osteopath who wrote the prescriptions that made the scheme possible was William J. “Doctor Bear” O’Brien III. O’Brien was sentenced to 30 years in prison in October.

For the last two years the press in Philadelphia has been feeding off the scheme like a school of hungry sharks surrounding a foundering whale. Most of the stories written about the case have emphasized the involvement of the Pagans. Maybe it will all end soon but the way these things usually work is that a story that is equal parts hyperbole and cliché eventually becomes accepted as the historical truth.

What Happened

Osteopathy is an alternative form of medicine usually associated with massage and O’Brien had a hard time making a living at it. Among other things, his practice specialized in “pediatrics, geriatrics, physical therapy (and) acupuncture.” That wasn’t enough, He filed for bankruptcy in 2010. He had enough money left over to buy a hyperbaric chamber that seated 10 people. They are usually used on divers suffering from decompression sickness – or the bends. O’Brien thought he could cure people by having them sit in the pressurized chamber and breathe pure oxygen.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation disagreed, The Food and Drug Administration hadn’t approved the use of hyperbaric chambers to treat anything but the bends and altitude sickness. So the FBI raided his offices in 2011 and stole his chamber.

He had to do something so he started writing prescriptions. Between late 2012 and early 2014 O’Brien wrote 9,890 prescriptions for 378,914 oxycodone pills and 160,492 doses of methadone. He also sold some muscle relaxants and Xanax. He charged $250 for an initial consultation and $200 for each subsequent prescription.

A Pagan named Joseph Mehl got involved in March 2012 when O’Brien needed help recruiting patients. Mehl was a tow truck driver who referred accident victims to O’Brien. O’Brien paid Mehl for his service with pills.  Mehl was not greedy. He alerted some of his club brothers to the fact that there was some easy money to be made.

Your Phone Is Tapped

And this was all good with the government until an incarcerated Pagan named Sam “Bullet” Nocille was tape recorded complaining to his wife that he wasn’t getting his pill money. In one conversation, he complained that Peter “Nose” Marrandino was taking over the business while Nocille was in jail. “All of a sudden he’s changing the whole fuckin’ thing,” he complained. “It’s not gonna happen. The door was opened for him due to me.”

“Even that fat motherfucker Bill (O’Brien) in Levittown is gonna get it,” Nocille said in a tape recorded conversation.

Then the FBI noticed.

Eventually 10 people were indicted. One of them was a doctor. Two of them were women. Five of them were Pagans. The Philly press has been playing the Pagans angle ever since.

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9 Responses to “Pagans Soap Opera Nears End”

  1. charles barber Says:

    Thanks again to the rebel.

  2. Gandalf Says:

    The Boys Club is a Fav of mine but it’s hard not to agree with the regulars. Who doesn’t know the Prison phone ain’t recorded? For people who think Rebel & Co just tows the line for 1%ers… Here is a story proving them wrong.

  3. xplor Says:

    Cui bono, Pharmaceutical companies and doctors make the big money. While working as a birddog Redneck made chump change (nickels and dimes). If you are going to have a war on drugs go for the top. Why didn’t the AMA shut the Bear down years ago? Why drag it out until they caught a tow truck operator.

  4. Tom Barker Says:

    Sounds to me that what these guys did was not only criminal, it was stupid.

  5. rocco151 Says:

    “the way these things usually work is that a story that is equal parts hyperbole and cliché eventually becomes accepted as the historical truth”…

    Maybe it’s just me but I’d like to point out that Rebel’s work is always great but some lines strike a chord that really rings loudly on many levels of the motorcycle culture…this is one of them !

  6. Dasein Says:

    Paladin’s sure got the “for years” part right. In ’65, as I was being signed in for the night, the helpful cop suggested I hand my wallet over to my buddy. I then made the aforementioned phone call, alerting my GF I wouldn’t be seeing her, and a few weeks later, the FBI was contacting HER, wondering about me and the Draft Card I didn’t have, which was in that wallet. I’m wondering now if those calls ever WEREN’T monitored, and just how many convictions have been harvested from that honey pot.

  7. Sieg Says:

    Much as I hate to see anyone get in a trickbag behind this little bullshit, yeah, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for someone that talks bidness on a jailhouse phone. I mean, common sense, let alone the recorded announcement every minute…

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  8. bones_glass_1973 Says:

    First,what paladin said,no fu#$ing shit on the recorded conversations,….second,the onlt time\times my wed selling friends got busted was when they started fucking with pills

  9. Paladin Says:

    “And this was all good with the government until an incarcerated Pagan named Sam “Bullet” Nocille was tape recorded complaining to his wife that he wasn’t getting his pill money.”

    This is what happens when you sleep through the alarm that for years has been the wake up call informing those incarcerated that their phone conversations are recorded.

    Paladin

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