Seventeen members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were arrested in a series of raids yesterday in New York and New Jersey. The raids culminate “a 21-month undercover investigation led by ATF Special Agents who gained access to the internal operations of the” motorcycle club and grand jury indictments in two separate, federal jurisdictions.
A 31 count indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York was unsealed yesterday. A 12 count indictment filed in the Southern District of New York had not been released to the public as of Thursday, September 16, 2010. This page has legally obtained a copy of that sealed indictment.
The Southern District indictment accuses Tracy Lahey, Douglas “Doc” Yeomans, Robert “Comanche” Santiago, Sergio “Cano” Cuevos, Ezra Arthur “Izzo” Davis, Walter Tarrats and Harold “Wiz” Legg with possessing cocaine, possessing firearms while possessing cocaine, aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm, transporting a firearm across state lines and using and enjoying cocaine while possessing a firearm. The firearm is a “Hi-Point 9 millimeter rifle which had previously been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.”
Lahey, Yeomans and Davis are also named in the Eastern District Indictment.
The Eastern District Indictment is longer and more dramatic. It begins with the prejudicial surplusage: “Outlaw motorcycle clubs, also known as “one percent clubs” or “one-percenters” were national criminal organizations not recognized or chartered by motorcycle sporting groups such as the American Motorcyclist Association. The largest outlaw clubs in the United States included the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club (the ‘Pagans’) and the Hell’s Angels (sic.)”
This indictment accuses John Richard “JR” Ebeling, Jason “Roadblock” Blair, Kenneth “Hogman” Van Diver, Robert “Boston Bob” Hamilton, Derek “Pop Up” Dekker, Timothy “Pita” Fowler, Raymond “Bluto” Hamilton, Edward “Cuz” Samborski, Robert “Hellboy” Deronde and Robert “Boobie” Leonardis with an array of interesting crimes.
Those crimes include: Conspiring to obtain a Harley-Davidson Springer Softail by extortion, being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiring to murder members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, possessing and distributing oxycodone, crank, cocaine and “cocaine base” (which is usually distributed among little homesteads in the jungles of Columbia and Peru), talking about killing Hells Angels while fondling a gun, kicking someone with a dangerous weapon – to wit a foot clad with a motorcycle boot, having a pistol in one’s pocket while kicking an innocent person with a foot clad in a motorcycle boot, possessing an “improvised explosive device” (just like the Taliban) which was a beer can filled with gun powder, conspiring to assault an innocent person with a billiard ball, filing the serial number off a handgun, transporting the extorted Harley-Davidson Springer Softail across the Hudson River, assaulting an innocent person with a pipe wrench, simultaneously possessing a gun and various drugs and, finally, attempting to talk someone out of talking to the police.
If convicted the accused men face up to life imprisonment.
The indictments “are the result of Operation On The Road Again, a multiagency investigation led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the District of Massachusetts; ATF Field Divisions from New York, Newark, Boston, and Baltimore; and the Suffolk County Police Department. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; New York State Police; Nassau County Police Department; Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office; New York City Police Department; New Jersey Office of the FBI; New Jersey State Police; Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office; Maryland State Police; and Wilmington, Delaware, Police Department.”
Ronald B. Turk, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stated in writing: “Today’s arrests affirm ATF’s commitment to making our neighborhoods safer. Targeting and arresting armed violent criminals remains one of our top priorities and we, along with our partners, will continue this fight. We have targeted several out-of-state firearms, explosives, and narcotics suppliers of this outlaw motorcycle gang and will continue to combat all of these illegal activities. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the ATF undercover special agents who gained access to the Pagans inner circles. By doing this, they put their lives on hold and at risk to ensure a complete and thorough investigation.”
Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York agreed to be quoted as saying: “As this case suggests, violent and criminal motorcycle gangs are not quaint vestiges of the past. Some of the defendants allegedly plied their criminal trade not in the inner city but in quiet communities like the Catskills. I especially applaud the work of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Today’s Indictments stand as a tribute to the cooperative efforts of law enforcement at all levels.”