Leader of motorcycle gang gets 36 years

Posted: April 17, 2008

The reputed leader of the violent Breed motorcycle gang was sentenced yesterday in Philadelphia federal court to 36 years in prison for drug, conspiracy and gun offenses.

John "Junior" Napoli, 35, of Levittown, was convicted in October of conspiracy to distribute crystal methamphetamine, committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering, extortion, and possession of firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Napoli also forfeited $223,000 in cash, as well as 20 firearms, a number of vehicles, and three motorcycles, as part of a $6 million personal judgment against him, according to Assistant United States Attorney Andrea Foulkes, who prosecuted the case.

That judgment relates to the value of the drugs he was responsible for marketing and selling, she said.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III.

Codefendant William "Tattoo Billy" Johnson, 32, of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Friday to a 30-year prison term. A third gang member, Thomas "Fuzzy" Heilman, 55, of Bristol, was given a 19 1/2-year prison sentence in January.

Napoli was the leader of the gang, which used death threats and violence to further its drug business, authorities have said.

"He really fashioned himself as someone who tried to appear as the head of a crime family," Foulkes said yesterday.

In 2006, the three, along with three other gang members, were arrested, and 22 pounds of crystal methamphetamine were seized, along with 44 weapons. The other three defendants pleaded guilty.

"These guys were particularly violent and drove the sale of highly addictive crystal meth in the region," U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said last fall about the gang.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

Inquirer staff writer John Shiffman contributed to this article.

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