March 12, 2008
Attorney General Corbett announces additional charges against associate of Breed Motorcycle Gang
HARRISBURG - A Montgomery County man, originally charged as part of "Operation Breed on a Wire," is facing additional drug charges for allegedly obtaining 40 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, and then distributing the drugs through an intermediary, who then sold the drugs to members of the Breed outlaw Motorcycle Gang, including the gang's leader, John Napoli.
Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as Arthur J. Bono Jr., 5027 Defford Place, Apt. B, Eagleville, Montgomery County.
According to the criminal complaint, a confidential source told agents that in addition to the 20 pound crystal methamphetamine, which Bono was originally charged with delivering, the defendant delivered crystal meth on at least three different occasions in 2006.
Corbett said that Bono allegedly made two five pound methamphetamine deliveries in Philadelphia, and conducted a transaction with the confidential source for 10 pounds of methamphetamine at his Montgomery County home.
The criminal complaint states that Bono's source of crystal meth was from California. He allegedly was the main source of meth for the Breed in 2006, and supplied the gang through the use of two intermediaries.
Corbett said that Bono's use of intermediaries makes him a Breed associate through a conspiracy theory. Bono allegedly never met the person in the Breed organization, who acquired the meth.
"Crystal meth has been the new drug of choice for many outlaw motorcycle gangs because of the potential profit," Corbett said. "That profit, generated from the street sales of crystal meth in this case, funded John Napoli and the Breed's corrupt organization."
Specifically, Corbett said that between 2003 and 2006, Bono and other Breed gang members possessed and/or distributed over 140 pounds of crystal meth, with and estimated street value of more than $12.5 million.
"Operation Breed on a Wire" began as an outgrowth of a meth investigation in 2005, of the Warlock outlaw motorcycle gang that operated in Bucks and Philadelphia counties.
Fifteen individuals were originally charged after the case was placed before a Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recommended that the attorney general file criminal charges.
Agents estimate that John "Junior" Napoli of Levittown, Bucks County, the president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Breed was responsible for distributing more than 120 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $11.25 million in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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.
The Breed, 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.
During the initial investigation, agents seized two loaded handguns, two high capacity assault rifle magazines and ammunition and a money counter, a Volvo turbo sedan, a Chevy Trailblazer, a Corvette, three motorcycles, a dump truck and a pickup truck, three Harley Davidson motorcycles that were reported stolen, a handgun, a shotgun and a sub-machine gun, seven handguns, six rifles, four assault weapons, approximately one pound of crystal meth and $120,000 in cash from Napoli's home and storage lockers.
Agents also seized, from various locations in Bucks and Philadelphia counties, 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.
"The Breed outlaw motorcycle gang was a highly organized and violent organization that made millions of dollars for its leader," Corbett said. "Mr. Bono was responsible for assisting that organization and filtered millions of dollars of methamphetamine to Breed leaders and members."
Bono is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy and four counts of possession with the intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance.
He was arraigned before Conshohocken Magisterial District Judge Francis Bernhardt and bail was set at $200,000 sign own bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, 2008.
(A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)