July 21, 2006
Attorney General Corbett, DA Gibbons announce breakup of Breed motorcycle gang $11 million methamphetamine ring; 15 suspects charged
BENSALEM - Attorney General Tom Corbett and Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons, along with local law enforcement officials, today announced that agents of the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), along with detectives of the Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department, were in the process of arresting as many as 15 suspected members of a large scale crystal methamphetamine ring operating in Bucks and Philadelphia counties as well as New Jersey. The ring was run by the Breed, an outlaw motorcycle gang.
Corbett said the ongoing investigation, known as "Operation Breed on a Wire," targeted a large scale distribution ring of crystal methamphetamine (meth) in Bucks and Philadelphia counties and New Jersey.
Corbett said, "Today's arrests are the result of a continuing investigation into the distribution of meth in southeastern Pennsylvania centering around outlaw motorcycle gangs. In today's arrests we have not only taken down the main meth dealers in the region, but we have also arrested the leaders and key members of the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang."
Corbett said the investigation began as an outgrowth of a meth investigation last year of the Warlock outlaw motorcycle gang that operated in Bucks and Philadelphia counties.
Corbett said the investigation into the Breed began with an undercover purchase of meth in 2005. As the investigation progressed, court authorized telephone interceptions were used and the case was placed before a Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recommended that the attorney general file criminal charges.
The Breed and Napoli
Corbett said the grand jury identified the leaders of the meth distribution ring as John "Shameless" Kovacs of Jackson, New Jersey, the New Jersey Mother Club chapter president of the Breed and John "Junior" Napoli of Levittown, Bucks County, the president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Breed.
Corbett said the grand jury found that Napoli was responsible for the crystal meth distribution network in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. BNI agents estimate that Napoli, and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Breed, were responsible for distributing more than 120 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from May 2005 through June 2006, which has an estimated street value of more than $11.25 million.
Corbett said on June 6, 2006 BNI agents, along with Bucks County Drug Task Force officers and the Philadelphia police, executed 13 search warrants at various locations in Bucks and Philadelphia counties on members of the Breed. During the searches, agents seized more than 22 pounds of crystal meth, nearly $500,000 in cash and bank deposits, 44 firearms, including one sub-machine gun, 10 improvised explosive devices, various vehicles and 24 motorcycles. He said many of the motorcycles and weapons were stolen.
Corbett said the grand jury found that the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang had terrorized lower Bucks County for several decades by committing crimes involving illegal drug dealing, thefts, extortion, witness intimidation and assaults.
Corbett said the grand jury found that the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang, which orchestrated the crystal meth distribution, was highly organized and a tight knit group with each member given clearly defined roles within the organization. The Breed has an executive board and has officers such as a treasurer and secretary.
Corbett said the grand jury found that Napoli operated a construction company as a front to cover profits he made from distributing crystal meth and stolen property he received, such as motorcycle parts, tools and other construction equipment.
Corbett said during a search of Napoli's Appletree Drive residence in Levittown agents seized two loaded handguns, two high capacity assault rifle magazines and ammunition and a money counter. They also seized $120,000 in cash, a Volvo turbo sedan, a Chevy Trailblazer, a Corvette, three motorcycles, a dump truck and a pickup truck.
In storage lockers controlled by Napoli in Middletown, Bucks County, agents seized three Harley Davidson motorcycles that were reported stolen, a handgun, a shotgun and a sub-machine gun. In a Napoli storage locker in Levittown, agents seized approximately one pound of crystal meth, seven handguns, six rifles and four assault weapons.
While the agents were executing search warrants on Napoli's residence and other locations, he was hiding in New Jersey but his phone conversations were being intercepted by BNI agents. Regarding the BNI agents and police officers investigating him, Napoli stated, "Maybe one day they will get shot in the head while on the job," and "maybe someone will rape their mothers with a hot curling iron."
In another Napoli telephone call that was intercepted, Napoli had ordered one of his lieutenants to pick up meth in Philadelphia but he was delayed because of a traffic jam due to the funeral of Philadelphia police officer Gary Skerski. Napoli complaining about the delay, stated, that the funeral must be for that "f---ing pig."
The Breed Crystal Meth Distribution System
The grand jury found that Breed executive board member William "Tattoo Billy" Johnson of Philadelphia, distributed much of the meth through other Breed members and at his tattoo shop in Bensalem, called House of a 1000 Tattoos. As multiple-pound shipments of meth would come in, Johnson would distribute the drug to other Breed members who stashed or held the meth until Napoli directed its distribution.
The grand jury found that Breed executive board member and Sergeant at Arms Christopher "Slam" Quattrocchi of Bristol distributed multi-pound quantities of meth. Quattrocchi supplied fellow New Jersey executive board member James "Coffin" Fostinis with pound quantities of meth.
The grand jury found that Breed executive board member Thomas "Tommy Trash," also known as the "Crypt Keeper" Conner, lived above the Breed Clubhouse at 3707 Spruce St., Bristol, and protected the club with a cache of weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle.
The grand jury found that Breed Secretary Kenneth "Chains" Steinmuller of Bensalem stashed or held multi-pound quantities of meth for Napoli and that he also obtained meth from Breed member Thomas "Fuzzy" Heilman Jr. of Bristol. During a search of Steinmuller's residence, Corbett said, agents discovered a shrine to Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich with a large photo of Hitler as the centerpiece.
The grand jury found that Breed members Frederick "Panhead Fred" Freehoff of Bristol and Charles "Ruthless" Kulow of Bensalem distributed meth to others in the organization.
The grand jury identified associate Breed members and meth traffickers as Bridget "Scary Movie" Dale of Levittown, James "Nazi Jimmy" Coyle Jr. of Philadelphia and David Freinier of Levittown.
The grand jury found that Napoli fronted Dale pound quantities of meth and that she would pay him $30,000 to $40,000 per week in drug proceeds from the sale of meth.
Corbett said the grand jury found that Robert "Molly" Traverse of Philadelphia and a member of the 2nd Brigade outlaw motorcycle gang, which is loosely associated with the Pagans, supplied Johnson with large quantities of crystal meth. During a search of his residence, agents seized 15 pounds of meth.
The grand jury found that Traverse obtained his meth from Arthur Bono Jr. of Eagleville, Montgomery County. Bono allegedly delivered 20 pounds of meth to Traverse on June 5, 2006. As part of the investigation, Corbett said, the Plymouth Township Police in Montgomery County seized $100,000 from Bono.
"The grand jury presentment demonstrates that the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang was a highly organized and violent organization that made millions of dollars for its leader," Corbett said.
Corbett continued, "Today's arrests are the first wave of more arrests as this investigation continues."
The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned before Bensalem Magisterial District Judge Leonard J. Brown and will be prosecuted in Bucks County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Kishan Nair.
Corbett thanked District Attorney Diane Gibbons, the Bucks County Detectives and the Bensalem and Philadelphia Police Departments for their assistance and cooperation in the ongoing investigation.
He also thanked the police department from the following municipalities: Bensalem Township, Morrisville, Tullytown, Lower Makefield, Falls Township, Lower Southampton Township, Buckingham Township, Plumstead Township, Warrington Township, Plymouth Township, Doylestown Township, Pennridge, Newtown Township, Northampton Township and Montgomery County Detectives and Bucks Department of Corrections.
Below is a list of the defendants and the charges against them:
(A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
Editors Note: For a copy of the grand jury presentment and photos of the defendants contact the Attorney General's Press Office at 717-787-5211.