The Pagans are categorized as an outlaw motorcycle Big Bun - Hustlin, Grindin & Head Bustin by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They are active on the East Coast of the U. The Pagans were established in Prince George's County, Maryland, by then-president Lou Dobkin, beginning in and officially organized in The group started out wearing denim jackets with embroidered insignia instead of the more standard three-piece patches utilized by most OMGs, and riding both American and British motorcycles, Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs.
In the s they adopted a formal constitution and formed a governing structure, choosing a national president whom was paid the same amount as the U. They were a fairly non-violent group until After gaining a swelling mass of new members, mainly combat veterans returning from Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means , which put the Pagans on the path to evolve into an outlaw motorcycle gang OMG.
Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means ties to other organized crime groups, the Pagans quickly became dominant in the Mid-Atlantic region. Their growth under the leadership of John "Satan" Marron, saw the Pagans grow to nearly 5, members in the early s. Their "Mother Club" is never in a fixed location, but it has been generally located in the northeast. The Pagans' top echelon of leadership must always number 13 members. There are also chapter presidents, with the largest chapter at times located in the Philadelphia area.
Though primarily concentrated in the northeast and mid-Atlantic, the Pagans began expanding into Florida in the s and west, with chapters beyond the Mississippi River. The Pagans have grown slowly through a natural cycle of attrition in the smaller OMGs, the practice of patching over other chapters or entire clubs. The practice of incorporating smaller OMGs was prevalent from the s to the early s.
The Pagans MC patch depicts the Norse fire-giant Surtr sitting on the sun, wielding a sword, plus the word Pagan's [sic], in red, white and blue. Though historically not wearing a bottom rocker, a patch denoting the location of where a one-percenter bike club is based out of, the Pagan Motorcycle club has since started wearing an "East Coast" insignia on their vests . Members wear blue denim vests called cuts or cutoffs with club patches, known as colors, on the front and back.
Recently, the Pagans' membership has begun to grow. The Pagans have a mother club or ruling council which ultimately rules the club. Members must be at least 21 years old and owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles with engines cc or larger.
The Pagans have been linked to the production and smuggling of drugs such as methamphetaminemarijuanacocaineheroinand PCP.
The Pagans also have had strong ties to organized crimeespecially in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Pagans often use puppet clubs, smaller affiliated motorcycle clubs, or small street drug trafficking organizations that support larger outlaw motorcycle gangs for distributing drugs.
Most of the violence carried out by the Pagans is directed to rival gangs such as Hells Angels. On July 17,at least eight members of the Pagans showed up at the annual charity picnic fund-raiser organized by Tri-County MC in Hackettstown.
The Pagans were there to intimidate local motorcycle clubs into aligning with the Pagans so they would have a larger power base to prevent the Hells Angels from getting established in New Jersey.
A fight started and escalated from fists to knives and guns. Pagans member Robert "Hellboy" Deronde was convicted of the April 24, beating of Hells Angels member Jeffrey Shank with a baseball bat at a gas station in Newarkand was sentenced to four years in prison in July The Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means States Department of Justice has stated that the Pagans have strong ties to the Philadelphia crime familyinvolving jewelry burglaries and extortion.
On February 23,73 Pagans were arrested in Long IslandNew York after appearing at an indoor motorcycle and tattoo expo Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means the Hellraiser Ball. Dozens of Pagans rushed the doors of the event and were met with violence by the Hells Angels. Fighting ensued, ten people were wounded, and a Hells Angel shot and killed a Pagans member. Two weeks later, a Pagans-owned tattoo parlor located in Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means PhiladelphiaPennsylvania was firebombed.
InPagans allegedly opened fire on and killed the vice-president of the Hells Angels' Philadelphia chapter as he was driving his truck on the Schuylkill Expressway. In Septembernineteen members of the Pagans were arrested in Rocky Point, New York for allegedly conspiring to murder members of the Hells Angels.
Charges also include assault, distribution of cocaine and oxycodoneconspiracy to commit extortion and weapons charges. One agent eventually served as sergeant-at-arms, the second-highest position in the hierarchy. Gang members were heard plotting to murder members of the Hells Angels using homemade hand grenades. A My My My (7 Edit) - Johnny Gill - My My My MC leader, Jay Carl Wagner, 66, was arrested in Washington County, Marylandby plus Motorcycle Day - Frank Tribes - By All Means from state, local and federal officials with a bomb disposal robot on May 9,and later charged with possession of a regulated firearm after conviction of a violent crime.
Police and agents recovered seven handguns, two alleged explosive devices and 13 rifles. District Chief Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Wagner to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was arrested on firearms charges. In June, he pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges. In49 Rimba - TAppartengo (Special Dance Remix), some members of the Pagans MC, were arrested in one of the largest busts in Rhode Island history.
The seizure of 53 illegal guns, including a rocket launcher, and a "large quantity" of marijuana, crack, cocaine, and heroin was the end results of month investigation conducted by members of the Rhode Island State Police Special Investigations Unit with assistance from the Rhode Island Attorney General's office, ATF, and FBI. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Outlaw motorcycle club in the United States. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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