Pagans, Amish Admit Charges

Posted: September 25, 1998

Several former members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club and two Amish men who were buying cocaine from them for resale at Amish youth hoedowns have something in common besides trafficking in drugs.

They're copping plea bargains and signing up as prosecution witnesses, hoping their testimony against other less cooperative Pagans will help them avoid long prison terms.

Lawrence R. ``Twisted'' Mellott, 33, once a member of the outlaw bikers' Chester County chapter, pleaded guilty yesterday to drug trafficking charges in federal court in Philadelphia.

Last week, a former Pagan associate and codefendant, James Boyd, also pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Robert ``Fat Head'' Reeder, another Pagan associate, is scheduled to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge on Sep. 30.

Two Amish codefendants from Gap, in Lancaster County, Abner King Stoltzfus, 23, a roofer and contractor by trade, and one of his former employees, Abner Stoltzfus, 24, who shares the same name but isn't a blood relative, are scheduled to enter guilty pleas to the same drug conspiracy charge on Oct. 5 before U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer, sources said.

Defense attorney L. Felipe Restrepo confirmed yesterday that his client, Abner King Stoltzfus, the contractor, had agreed to plead guilty.

Other sources familiar with the case said no more than two or three Pagans out of the original eight Pagans who were charged will elect to stand trial.

The eight Pagans and the two Amish were indicted by a federal grand jury in June.

At the time, law enforcement authorities suggested the Pagans had somehow managed to corrupt with drugs a large number of Amish youth who were part of an old-fashioned, God-fearing, horse-and-buggy culture.

According to the indictment, the Pagans had sold several kilograms of cocaine over a 3 1/2-year period, from July 1993 to January 1997, to the two Stoltzfuses and to an unnamed Amish juvenile.

During this period, cocaine was going for $23,000 to $28,000 a kilogram.

The Amish trio, in turn, resold the drug to youths at Amish social gatherings, known as hoedowns.

The Pagans also are accused of selling cocaine and methamphetamine to others outside the Amish community, primarily in bars the Pagans frequented in Chester County.

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