Swat Good Friday

April 24, 2019

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Swat Good Friday

Pretty obviously, the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of liquor, cigarettes and things that go boom (the ATF) is desperate to run the Pagans out of New England.

The Pagans are comparatively new to the region. The American Outlaws Association and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have been there since the early 1970s. The entry of the Pagans into the mix comes with many new enforcement opportunities for all the brave heroes’ who keep us safe from the motorcycle menace.

As most people except the press knows, the ATF is the motorcycle club police. All policing in America is now federalized. And the ATF likes to stay in the background and leave the headlines to its “law enforcement partners.”

Read Between The Lines

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett, Massachusetts “Chief of Police Steven Mazzie” announced Monday “that three men were arraigned today following a Friday night raid on a clubhouse affiliated with the Pagan Motorcycle Club.”

The press release continues: “On Friday, April 19, at approximately 10:15 p.m. the Middlesex State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team executed a search warrant at an alleged Pagan Motorcycle Clubhouse located on Orient Avenue, Everett. Upon entry into the clubhouse, officers allegedly identified approximately 12 Pagan Motorcycle Club members wearing their club affiliation patches and insignia and multiple other occupants in the clubhouse. A subsequent search of the clubhouse revealed an illegal cash bar and four illegally possessed semi-automatic handguns with loaded magazines as well as a separate magazine containing ammunition.”

“James Snow, 28, of Tewksbury, was arrested and charged with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, two counts of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of improper storage of a firearm. Judge Jane D. Prince set bail at $1,000 on this case and then ordered bail revoked on an open firearms case out of Lowell District Court.”

“Jeff Wentworth, 47, of Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and improper storage of a firearm. Judge Jane D. Prince ordered the defendant released on $500 bail.”

“Wentworth and Snow are next scheduled to appear in court on May 21.”

“Marcus Basiliere, 26, of Derry, New Hampshire, was arrested on an open warrant out of New Hampshire for Larceny. Basiliere was arraigned in Malden District Court as a fugitive from justice. Judge Jane D. Prince ordered the defendant held without bail pending extradition. His next court date is May 1.”

The Obvious

So this was a night time execution of a search warrant by a Swat team. Generally, night time searches are considered exceptional. Also, Swat raids are expensive.

Sean Philip Cotter of the Boston Herald, who may or may not have a clue, reports that the Swat team “burst into a suspected Pagan Motorcycle Clubhouse.” Maybe he just made that up because he liked the way the active verb made his story sing. Maybe this was a no knock warrant.

“Two counts of improper storage of a firearm.” One thousand dollars bail. One count of “improper storage of a firearm.” Five huindred dollars bail

Motorcycle outlaws are great publicity for police. QA version of the press release ran in both the Herald and the Lowell Sun. The ATF’s Boston Field Division’s Twitter account has been inactive since the day before the raid.

Just Saying.

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15 Responses to “Swat Good Friday”

  1. Curbside Says:

    Holy fuck! They’re making an issue out of this? Five hundred dollars bail?

    I had a higher bail amount on a Public Intox charge once. What a fucking joke.

  2. Mental 1%er Says:

    This is what I would call ATF and Massachusetts failed attempt to prove anything but a couple Bikers having legally owned guns in their possession…yes they may have been stored improperly! What most people don’t realize the 1%er World is a Dangerous place.I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6…..a desperate attempt to get Rid of an MC that’s new to the area because they can’t control, minipulate, infiltrate, like they do the 81 and 15’s……Pagans don’t Die They Multiple! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL 16S CHAPTER! PFFP LPDP GFPD

  3. Mark Says:

    My hunch is the illegal, “cash bar” was the key to the raid. So a snitch gave undercover cops the goods on people making donations to the club for having some drinks and a good time. What about bikers who don’t drink alcohol but soda and made cash donations to the club at the bar, is that a crime worthy of a swat raid? How about not making donations at the bar and having a table away from the bar to make donations out of kindness and buy support stuff. Will the next raid be because a snitch said they bought a support T-shirt and didn’t pay 85 cents in sales taxes? It seems very likely the real crimes back that way are the police ripping off the taxpayers for having too many cops. Wonder how many of the cops have family connections and they can’t get a decent job in the private sector, maybe? So these cops dream up high profile raids for a cash bar that is not open to the general public but a private club. Because the undercover investigation found a snitch that said so, cash bar. But it was really a donations bar of free will. Seemingly there are way too many cops sucking off the taxpayers back that way, with intent to defraud the taxpayers for paychecks. Dreaming up Crimes for public safety when no one is at any risk of being a crime victim, whatsoever.

  4. Matlock Says:

    They did a news release on THAT??!! What a joke! That’s right up there with the high school kids getting caught w/beer or that abandoned vehicle they towed off the side of the highway.

    I truly hate to hear about a tac unit hitting a clubhouse full of people, even if they had a good reason, b/c there’s too much potential for someone to get hurt. Of course down here in Houston they lie on the no-knock affidavit, break into ur house, and kill ur ass…for no good reason at all….

  5. Igo Says:

    New England Rider is right. MA has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but when it comes to the courts they let people bail for nothing, and let the offenders plea out no matter how bad the charge. I have a like to an article about a crack dealer who was caught with crack, a AK a pile of ammo,and a Glock (he had a record a mile long) and he plead out for just two years probation….

  6. david Says:

    The only “danger to society”, is government FORCE, as used by the un-constitutional,anti-societal,alphabetic,bureaucratic, fascist pricks.

  7. LeeB Says:

    Section 131L. (a) turns a gun into a paper weight. “Hold on while I unlock the safe, remove the lock and load the gun”. Yeah, that works…….

  8. New England Rider Says:

    @Paladin & @Commonsense –
    I wouldn’t read too much into their bail amounts. Massachusetts judges are notorious for giving low bail to defendants, regardless of the crime. There has been some recent cop killers in that state who were out on bail for felonies who for all intents and purposes should have been in jail. Judges are lenient in that state.

    LL&R,
    New England Rider

  9. Paladin Says:

    @ Saul Goodman;

    Based on Section 131L. (a) one might as well not have a firearm at all. When seconds count, the cops are only minuets away.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  10. Iron Rider Says:

    Wo much ado about nothing here, please the little neighbourhood gangbangers could fetch far more weight, but you know those big scary MC members look so good to the cops on the 6 o’clock news than some 16 yr old kid in a hoodie

    I wonder how much time and money was invested in the surveillance op and subsequent take down of these danger to society individuals? I bet it wasnt cheap and all for next to nothing. Nothing more than harassment and an excuse to search and plant god knows what to eavesdrop. I am always suspicious of this shit because we all know this an excuse to go on a fishing expedition. Watch your back gents

  11. commonsense Says:

    This bail was so low I’m going to guess they didn’t find what they were looking for. Years ago my adult daughter lived with me. At the time I had a job where I was out of town on a week on week off basis. One morning after surfing I was sitting at home eating my breakfast when I got a knock on the door. When I opened it 8 cops rushed in with guns drawn and pushed me to the ground. I remember grabbing our 7 pound Yorkshire terrier who was going off and yelling “don’t shoot my dog” Found out my daughter had been selling illegal pills. Off she goes with bail at $50,000. 3 months later a guy in our town shoots at 2 people with a handgun and misses. The DA charges him with aggravate assault and his bail is $50,000. I’m like WTF ? Back to the story. I believe if this happened in California because of the weapons charge the bail would have been much higher.

  12. Saul Goodman Says:

    “Section 131L. (a) It shall be unlawful to store or keep any firearm, rifle or shotgun including, but not limited to, large capacity weapons, or machine gun in any place unless such weapon is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user. For purposes of this section, such weapon shall not be deemed stored or kept if carried by or under the control of the owner or other lawfully authorized user.”

    Wow. Just wow.

  13. Paladin Says:

    The flight risk and danger to society of those accused is reflected in their bail amounts. Marcus Basiliere’s open warrant aside, with bail set this low, they might as well have been released on an ROR.

    Paladin

  14. jrino Says:

    Raid the clubhouse for “improper storage of a firearm” oh boy! I think that would look GREAT on your resume, right next to “getting a kitty out of a tree”.

  15. moto Says:

    The 11th commandment

    Thou shalt not run a motorcycle club story without mentioning Twin Peaks

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