Feds Want Jail For Indicted Biker Gang President

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors believe the president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club should remain jailed without bail while he faces racketeering charges.

A U.S. District Court Grand Jury indicted David Barbeito and 54 others, alleging they had roles in an organization engaged in such crimes as kidnapping, robbery, extortion and conspiracy to commit murder.

But the 49-year-old Maryland resident was released on bond Thursday by a U.S. Magistrate Judge in that state, two days after he was charged.

Prosecutors want a federal magistrate in Charleston to revoke that release at a Friday hearing.

They allege no terms of bail can assure the public's safety.

Barbeito posted property in Maryland to gain his release, and was ordered to avoid all Pagans activities.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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