The crusade against the Rock Hell City Nomads charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club claimed another victim two and a half weeks ago. Jason Brian “Trouble” Fogle, a former prospect with the charter was sentenced in state court by Judge Clifton Newman to six years in prison for selling two tenths of a gram of methamphetamine to a confidential informant named Marty “Cowboy” Deloach.
Fogle is a former member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club who prospected with the Rock Hill charter. He avoided federal charges because he left the Hells Angels on good terms with the intention of returning before a federal indictment charged 22 people with racketeering. Fogle was arrested on June 6, 2012. The federal indictees were arrested the next day.
Fogle was originally charged by a cop named M.S. Merckle with four counts of distribution/manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of common law conspiracy. The Aging Rebel has not yet determined what part Merckle played in the federal investigation.
Deloach had agreed to testify at the federal trial but did not.
Fogle was represented by an attorney named Emily Howard. On her advice, he pled guilty to the single narcotics charge and the four redundant charges were dropped. Since the amount of actual methamphetamine he sold Deloach was minuscule, Fogle anticipated a maximum sentence of one year.
Fogle’s is a sad and familiar tale of American justice.
“We waited all day for the sentencing,” Fogle’s wife Sheri said. “At four-thirty we were told the judge wouldn’t get to our case that day so we asked the lawyer if we should get a room to stay over. She told us the case would be transferred to another judge upstairs. It only took him a couple minutes to sentence Jason to six years.”
“I’m still in shock,” she said. “Six years this man has to be away from his family, miss his son’s high school graduation and miss his daughter’s graduation from kindergarten. There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t ask ‘Can I call my Daddy? Is my Daddy okay?’ She sat at the kitchen table the other night with pen and paper writing her Dad a letter. This was devastating to my family. It’s unreal. Six years for two tenths of a gram of dope.”