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.
July 22, 2006 |
A crystal-methamphetamine distribution ring allegedly run by the Breed motorcycle gang has been broken and 15 members from Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties and New Jersey were in custody or were being sought, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said yesterday. From May 2005 through June 2006, he said, the gang's Pennsylvania chapter distributed more than 120 pounds of crystal meth, with a street value of more than $11.25 million. Corbett said a statewide investigation and a grand jury found that from its clubhouse at 3707 Spruce St. in Bristol, the gang "had terrorized Lower Bucks County for several decades by committing crimes involving illegal drug dealing, thefts, extortion, witness intimidation and assaults.
July 23, 2005 |
Armed with crow bars and hacksaws, John Lowney and his crew broke into as many as 100 pharmacies all over South Jersey in order to steal powerful narcotic prescription drugs, authorities said. Lowney, 39, then took the drugs to his native Lynn, Mass., where they were sold by the East Coast chapter of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang. Lowney, who was arrested in May 2003 while doing a solo drug-store burglary, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Camden to 12 years in prison.
July 1, 2005 |
Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities are calling a large, "home-grown" methamphetamine drug ring with links to the Warlocks motorcycle gang in Bucks County and Philadelphia. Police seized more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $700,000 in cash, and an "arsenal" of more than 61 weapons - including handguns, rifles and assault weapons - and two homemade explosives, state Attorney General Tom Corbett said. "To our knowledge, this is the largest seizure, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, of methamphetamine in a long time," he said at a news conference at the Bensalem Township police headquarters yesterday.
November 9, 2002 |
The Warlocks are often called an "outlaw" motorcycle club, but when some area Warlocks felt they had been harassed by police, they decided to give the law a try. So, following the lead of some of society's other minorities, the Warlocks sued the Philadelphia police in federal court, alleging the police violated their civil rights by "profiling" them. And although the Warlocks may not have yet won their suit, they did apparently get what they want: the right to ride peacefully through the city tomorrow - without police stops - on their way to a Toys for Tots parade in Delaware County.
March 14, 2002 |
A tattoo convention that starts here today is expected to attract thousands of body-art and motorcycle enthusiasts - and perhaps warring biker gangs. Officials do not know how many bikers from the rival Pagans, Hells Angels and Warlocks clubs will attend the four-day event, but police are planning a large public presence. No one, law enforcement officials say, wants a repeat of last month's Hellraiser Ball in Plainview, N.Y. On Feb. 23, a Lancaster man was killed and numerous others were beaten, shot or stabbed when members of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Club crashed the Hellraiser Ball, a motorcycle-tattoo convention sponsored by the Long Island chapter of the Hells Angels.
February 1, 2002 |
In front of the house on Perry Avenue, Mary Ryan knelt in the street, a couple of feet from the curb, and did her best to comfort the dying policeman. Dennis McNamara, blood dribbling from his mouth, did not speak. Ryan tried to open his shirt, and searched ? in vain - to find a pulse. She cradled his head. "I just held him, just to let him know that he was not alone and help was on the way," Ryan said yesterday, her voice cracking. But McNamara, 43, an eight-year veteran of the Upper Darby Police Department, was beyond help, shot once in the right temple late Wednesday after investigating a parked car. Police said he was shot by a lifelong criminal who had vowed to "kill a cop" before he was arrested again.
June 19, 2001 |
Outlaw motorcycle club president Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine, a onetime underworld ally of reputed mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, pleaded guilty yesterday to firing two shots at a South Philadelphia man as they engaged in a shouting match in November. The target, John Hendri, reportedly called Mondevergine a "chump" moments before Mondevergine opened fire, according to a nine-page government sentencing memorandum made public during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin.
September 8, 1999 |
Robert "Mudman" Simon, the motorcycle gang member sentenced to death for killing a Franklin Township police officer while on parole in 1995, was beaten to death in prison yesterday by fellow death-row inmate Ambrose Harris, who murdered a Bucks County artist in 1992. Harris, 47, allegedly assaulted Simon, 48, shortly before 11 a.m. in an indoor recreation area at the New Jersey State Prison. Harris had just been moved from his cell to allow an exterminator to perform routine maintenance, the New Jersey Department of Corrections said.
November 20, 1998 |
Federal authorites yesterday seized more than $400,000, a gun, and several pounds of "speed" while rounding up three members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang and other alleged "major" Kensington-area drug traffickers. Most of the money was seized in homes owned by reputed druglord Thomas Fiet, 44, of Crispin Street near Rhawn, whose alleged drug network made and sold more than 200 pounds of speed since 1994. convicted, Fiet may be facing life in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Labrum III. A second network allegedly headed by Thomas "Uncle Tom" Zaroff, a past president of the Warlocks' Philadelphia chapter, employed the late Steven Alexander as a "cook" to change raw chemicals into pounds of methamphetamine at clandestine labs.