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Guilty pleas in motorcycle gang methamphetamine case

Members of a Florida motorcycle gang pleaded guilty to allegations of distributing methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando said on Feb. 4. The members of Pagan's Motorcycle Club, a banned "outlaw" gang, hailed from a number of areas across the state. They were accused of drug charges, including conspiring to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Central Florida area to both group and individual customers.

The motorcycle club members involved in the case included two 33-year-old men and one 47-year-old man. One 33-year-old man was considered an "enforcer" for the Pagans in Daytona Beach. The 47-year-old man was accused of being part of a 13-member group directing drug distribution and other activities for the motorcycle gang. Not all of the people involved in the case were motorcyclists, however. A 47-year-old woman from Ormond Beach, a 41-year-old man and 51-year-old woman from Oak Hill, a 49-year-old man from New Smyrna Beach and five people from Daytona Beach also pleaded guilty to a variety of charges.

Two more people pleaded guilty to lesser drug charges; a 55-year-old man from Bunnell and a 38-year-old man from Daytona Beach acknowledged their role in conspiracy to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine. Drug charges that involve a group of defendants can be challenging, especially for peripherally involved or uninvolved people who are caught up in arrests targeting their family and friends.

A drug conviction can have a serious impact on people's lives, preventing them from accessing employment, education or even housing in the future. People who have been accused of drug crimes may want to meet with a defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to combat the charges can be constructed.

Source: Panama City News Herald, "Pagan motorcycle gang members rounded up in Florida meth bust (PHOTOS)", Frank Fernandez, Feb. 5, 2019

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