Pagans Busted Again

September 16, 2010

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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 Charges

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 Spin

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.”

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90 Responses to “Pagans Busted Again”

  1. Rashomon Says:

    Not that it’s relevant to this conversation but that Canadian cop who caught a beating in Cancun was pretty funny. Who in their right mind wanders around a bar taking pictures of people at that hour of the night and doesn’t expect a beating. Go figure.–montreal-cop-home-after-severe-beating-in-cancun-bar?bn=1

  2. Grumbler Says:

    This blog has quite a few posts and links to articles about the 16:

    Was riding around in MD/VA/DC on a ’67 TR6R with 10″ over forks and apes during that era. Used to hang with a bunch of indie bikers based in Alexandria, VA. Most of them, like the 16 back then, owned pre-unit construction Triumphs. Spent time BSing at Sonny Routts in Hyattsville, MD. He raced a Triumph double engine drag bike that cut high 10s in the 1/4. Never really talked with Sonny as he was always too fucking busy in his shop churning out 750 kits.

    I’ve read Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw’s Tale by John Hall as fiction rather than as a biography. His writing style was excruciating rather than enjoyable. More like intellectual masturbation for his own self-gratification. Infringing on club business in order to sell a wildly embellished book was and is unconscionable.

  3. RVN69 Says:

    Bought an S&S Super B for my 75 Superglide from Routts in Hyattsville, he hooked me up with somebody interested in my 72 Triumph Trident that I got when I got back from Nam. Small world!

    Honesta Mors, Turpi vita Potior

  4. Grumbler Says:

    RVN69 – Small world! I frequented the Triumph dealer in DC which was located by the RR tracks. It was a rectangular building (narrow front) with small showroom in front, and long counter on left with repair shop in back. Had large chainlink fence on right, and a Triumph with sidehack that was used to pickup customer bikes.

    Any chance you used to hang at People’s Drugs in the Georgetown District? That was a popular spot to meet other bikers, and was where I saw the 16 on their stunning pre-unit construction Triumphs for the first time. Still recall the helmets and faceshields that matched colors of their metalflake gas tanks.

  5. RVN69 Says:

    Nah, I’m from the Western Maryland Mountains. When the USMC stationed me in Northern Va upon my return from Nam I bought the Triumph from a dealership in Perryville Md, near the old Bainbridge Naval Training Center and then learned about Routts. Most of my time when not on duty was spent riding in West Va, and Central and Western Md. First met 16’s members in western Md. Read that Redneck past blog, funny thing is a member of my club grew up in Northern Va, he was there when the Avengers and 16’s battled! He knew some of the 16’s and when they saw him hanging around right before the festivities started they told him to get lost!

    Honesta Mors, Turpi Vita Potior.

  6. Grumbler Says:

    RVN69 – Never did ride northeast of Baltimore. Only went as far as Shepardstown, WV which was about 60 miles northwest of DC. As a poor college student, had to earn gas money by making beer runs btw DC and MD in addition to working p/t as a newspaper inserter at WaPo. Didn’t go to Nam — got 4F (hearing loss) on my draft card. Only lived there for two years with a summer hiatus in California. My only regret wss losing touch with all the friends I made there. Didn’t think to get their contact info before returning to CA that summer. Expected to return that Fall, but let’s just say that my world blew-up in my face (not into rehashing a sob story). Haven’t been back since.

  7. bob Says:

    remember the “Jugs by Routt” t-shirts?

  8. BigV Says:

    To see the goodness that is a Jugs by Routt T-shirt click below:

    WARNING: Not Safe For Work


  9. RVN69 Says:

    Grumbler & BigV,
    I had got one of those shirts the first time I visited Routt’s. That option wasn’t open to me as my 750 Triumph was a Trident 3 cylinder, ran like a scalded cat until the center cylinder exhaust valve burned!! That happened to me twice before I found a different set of exhaust with less back pressure on the center cylinder. Wore that shirt till I wore it out!!!

  10. Apple Pie Says:

    Just wondering what ever came of “Diamond Jesse”…anyone know?

  11. BigV Says:

    Read this quick ma’am because it will go down once they know we can see it:

  12. WV Fritz Says:

    I believe Floyd B. Moore goes for sentencing on the 25th of this month.


    he may write a book with Doc.
    Respect, Steve

  14. KK Says:

    PFFP I’d be curious to know what OUR gov’t spent on these cases.

  15. RVN69 Says:

    When asked if it was necessary to arrest, detain and charge 55 people in order to disrupt Pagans leadership, Goodwin said prosecutions typically start with the least culpable and work their way up.

    KK, as the above quote shows, this was really never about criminal activity, and the FBI and BATF have never cared about the taxpayers money wasted in their never ending effort to justify their jobs. The Feds only care about keeping and enhancing their jobs, and if it is necessary to fuck over and jail innocent people and waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money to do it, well then so be it.

    Much Respect to the Pagan Nation.

    Honesta Mors, Turpi Vita Potior.

  16. KK Says:

    RVN69: I hear you on that post loud & CLEAR. I never mentioned it before on a post but thanks for making the path a bit wider. 76-81 USMC.

    An honorable death is better than a vile life


  17. RVN69 Says:

    Semper Fi, USMC 68-72 RVN 69-70
    Your the first to comment on the latin, don’t know how many actually know what it means, but to me words to live by.

  18. Jabba Says:

    Didn’t know what it meant, but I looked it up the first time I noticed it some while back.

    I assumed it was a USMC motto and respected it as such – didn’t think civilian opinion mattered much (can’t abide listening to the “military opinion” of those who’ve never seen, or can imagine, a warzone).

    For what it’s worth, words to live by gentlemen.

    Much respect.


  19. RVN69 Says:

    I respect your opinion regardless of the subject. The Official US Marines motto is “Semper Fidelis” or Always Faithful. Other less official motto’s are “Death before Dishonor”, “First to Fight” or my favorite, “USMC, when it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight”!

    Honesta Mors, Turpi Vita Potior.

  20. NO CLUB Says:

    Does this have anything to do with the pagan airlifted to the hospital?You can’t pay out beatings without expecting pay-back.

  21. Not Surprised Says:

    No Club:

    WTF are you trying to uhm say?

  22. chevyweight Says:

    WTF is “conspiring to assault an innocent person with a billiard ball” ?! so then when i scratch the ball off the table it could be pre meditated atempted assult with a deadly weapon…lol

    i think the atf has a hard on for bikers because they are jeleous. im not a phsyc major and its just my therory but i think it has to do something with the fact that they are for the most part the same race white(anglo) or white washed and of the same age range(30- 50),, the common ATFer wouldn’t be jealous of the lifestyle of a street gangbanger from the ghetto, you know- minority race teenager listening to rap w/ pants sagging selling crack ridin in a lowlow,, kinda like what GW said above:
    “How about going after some really dangerous inner city thugs, who are not committing the crime of wearing boots, but they are raping and killing innocent people on a nightly basis. Oh wait, that’s right. Then you wouldn’t be getting paid to ride bikes and drink beer.”

    it’s kinda like the high school kid who’s too pussy to ditch school to go to a keg party,, he would have some pent up resentment to the kids who went and if they got busted then he would get some pleasure knowing they wern’t able to get away with it,, bottom line is he’s jelous he didn’t have the balls to go,, but if the principal sent him under cover to bust the party then he would be able to go and enjoy the party under the comfort that he is protected by the principal and that he won’t get busted,, like a worm he would let everyone else take the fall for his lack of character.
    – this may explain why a lot of cops tend to act like such dicks when they bust all people not just bikers,, youv’e all seen either first hand or on tv when a cop pulls someone over and finds something insignificant like a 1mm. roach clip in the ash tray and all of a sudden they get a hard on that goes right up their ass and they start goin, ” whoa hey hey hey look what we got here, oh yeah you’re goin to jail buddy!!”
    i mean thats just seems to be the dick head mentallity these swine generally have, but the bigger picture of course is the gov and how they want to destroy citizens (consumers,taxslaves)rights. funny how if your too poor to afford a lawyer they put you in prison(slave labor factory) and if you are rich they threaten to put you in there with the “monsters” unless you start paying out the ass.

    i got a bunch of good links but i don’t want to bombard this page with it,, maybe i’ll foward to the editor – –

    id like to see more class action lawsuits on behalf of all clubs for violation of civil constitutional rights, unfair rico standards, harrasment slander etc, and get restraining orders against these maggots.. more illegal shit goes down at your average frat party than what these ATF’s come up with from their deep lengthy and expensive investigations – meanwhile they let 2500 guns walk into mexico, FATF FTF FTFR FTS FTP FRICO
    (sorry for the long post)

  23. Phuquehed Says:

    Great post, Chevyweight! You’re right on the money about the mentality of most cops and why and how it got that way. Bitch about it is, they read this and they *KNOW* it’s true and it only pisses them off more because it makes them look bad and as we all know, cops aren’t allowed to look bad. I’m sure there’s some kind of psychobabble word or term for them, I just don’t know it. It’s just a shame that those kind of LEO’s even exist and are allowed to have any kind of power over the common citizen.

    Fuck ’em all I say. They get respect from me only per individual action, other than that, they’re nothing but jack-booted thugs.

  24. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    more illegal shit goes down at your average frat party than what these ATF’s come up with from their deep lengthy and expensive investigations – meanwhile they let 2500 guns walk into mexico

    Spot on with the frat party comment. Torture (of the pledges), rape, dope use and trafficking, underage kids drinking fatal amounts of booze, et cetera–all the stuff of which bikers are falsely accused, yet when the frat boys do it “for real” the pigs usually turn a blind eye. Classism (hypocrisy) much?

    Oh, and whenever two bikers play a game of pool, they are probably “conspiring to murder” by virtue of holding pool balls and cue sticks, which along with boots are weapons of mass destruction, according to the ATF.

    YYZ “Boots are made for ridin'” Skinhead

  25. Hope&Pray Says:

    To start off, I would like to say thank you to a lot of you.

    One of those men are my father and my best friend, and there isn’t one day that goes by that I’m not angry about what has happened. He is almost fifty years old, and has hardly been active for the last few years. Its amazing to me how much a fed can lie, and get away with..

    At this point, all I do is hope and prey every day that I will see him outide of bars again.

  26. KK Says:

    Phila,PA (PaganNews) –Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Phila, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers “duct taped inside several fast food restaurant dumpsters,” according to police officials. “Something just went wrong,” said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. “Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong.”
    The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups, “growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats,” decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event “in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanton use of leather in their clothing and motor bike seats.” “In fact,” said the organizer, “motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it…ergo, they should stop.”
    According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage 1960′s era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting “you’re murderers” to passers by. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.
    “They peed on me!!!” charged one activist. “They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me ‘La Trene’, and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!”
    “I…I was trying to show my outrage at a man with a heavy leather jacket, and beard and he…he didn’t even care. I called him a murderer, and all he said was, ‘You can’t prove that.’ Next thing I know he forced me to ride on the back of his motorcycle all day, and would not let me off, because his girl friend was out of town and I was almost a woman.”
    Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers “farted on their heads.”
    Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed “surprise” at the allegations.
    “That’s preposterous,” said one high-ranking member of the biker organizing committee. “We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be more friendly than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome.”
    When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and ‘farting on their heads,’ the organizer declined to comment in detail. “That’s just our secret handshake,” assured the organizer.
    For more on this story, check with your local diamonds.
    Support the Pagan Nation!

  27. Scully Says:

    LMAO – that’s some funny shit, I don’t care who ya are.

  28. The Skum Says:

    Just goes to there aint no pleasing some people!
    I wana paty with these folks! Good old fashion American fun!

  29. Jabba Says:

    KK – Oh man, I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. Absolutely brilliant!

    More power to the Pagan Nation – and Much Respect to the Pagan Sense of Humour!!


  30. KK Says:

    Jabba, Hello I always enjoy your posts not much of a poster per say. I’m usually just a reader out here on the site.

    I have gone thru some tough times lately with brothers,friends passing away, sentenced for bs charges and just plain OLE bad news.

    This article was sent to me and it really cheered me up so I decided to do the same for all the other posters out here who I have admired when reading thier posts like yourself or RVN69,BIGV,FRITZ,WHITE BEAR,SLED TRAMP, ETC. ETC.

    Another article and video(change of subject) that you might have interest in is at this cop links :

    You can even hear the cop say to the biker ” I’ll make something up” referring to the charges he is about to give the biker, unreal.

    Some typical BS harrasment by law enforcement.

    Ok my friend stay cool and healthy!!.


    “I started out with nothing and still have most of it left”

  31. Shyster Says:

    That is one Pig who was got.


  32. Jabba Says:

    KK – Excellent man, I’ve seen the Piggott video before, never fails to get me really pissed off. Fuckin’ arsehole should’ve been made to pay some of that $90K out of his own pocket.

    Tough times? Good luck to you & yours my friend, we all knows what that’s like.

    Stay in the wind.



  33. KK Says:

    Just a quick follow up to the latest profiling of motorcycles in Wash.

  34. RVN69 Says:

    Hang in there, Tough Times don’t last forever, tough people do.

    Honesta Mors, Turpi Vita Potior.

  35. BigV Says:

    KK: Hang tough, man. It’s hard to live with any principles in this world, and in this economy it’s even more difficult to just get by.

    I had to sell my Shovelhead project, and more than likely my Softail is next. I hate like hell to do it, as they are the only things I own that I feel any closeness or pride in as far personal possession. I know that’s nothing in comparison to what you, your club, and guys like Rebel have gone through lately, but I can sympathize with what it’s taking to get by.

    You have my respect and admiration for having what it takes to be patch holder, and while that don’t even buy a coke, know that the way of life isn’t dead yet and there are still a few people left out there that still have whole soul and some principles left. So while you’re pretty damn close to being alone in this country(world) – you’re not yet completely alone.

    Stay strong and don’t let the bastards get you down.

  36. Cc Says:

    Stupid video!!

  37. colleen Says:

    I am his Sister in Law. He is a bad person!

  38. keri Says:

    well first and foremost My father is Kenneth hogman vandiver and my ucle is jason roadbloack blaire ! for those of you who support the “pagan nation” is rediculous that shit put my family in prison now iam fatherless with no family !!! fuck the police and FUCK THE PAGANS !!! they are toxic i fucking hate them all ! i love my family and miss them everyday if anyone of you have an issue with what i said please feel free to email me because IDGAF !!! [email protected] like i said anyone have something to say SPEAK

  39. keri Says:

    well first and foremost My father is Kenneth hogman vandiver and my ucle is jason roadbloack blaire ! for those of you who support the “pagan nation” is rediculous that shit put my family in prison now iam fatherless with no family !!! fuck the police and FUCK THE PAGANS !!! they are toxic i fucking hate them all ! i love my family and miss them everyday if anyone of you have an issue with what i said please feel free to email me because IDGAF !!! [email protected] like i said anyone have something to say SPEAK i wont be back on here to read any replies THANKS

  40. keri Says:

    not to mention the fact that J.R is a snitch he is already out of prison while my whole family sits inside for years and years i wont see MY people until iam old myself FUCK EM

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