Gun Club: Maryland raid on motorcycle club president’s home turns up arsenal
Barbeito | Image by booking photo courtesy of the Charleston Gazette
On the morning of Oct. 6, the same day a federal racketeering indictment in West Virginia against 55 alleged members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club named a Maryland man, David Keith Barbeito, as the club’s national president, a team of FBI agents executed a “no-knock” warrant on Barbeito’s home at 4940 Ford Fields Road in Myersville, near Frederick.
The search-warrant return was entered in U.S. District Court in Baltimore Oct. 19, and gives a six-page inventory of what was found at Barbeito’s residence. The list includes a host of Pagans paraphernalia and clothing; photographs of club members; Pagans-related news articles, correspondence and addresses, court documents, and $12,650 in cash. In addition, the agents found a great deal of guns and ammo-by City Paper‘s math, 18 guns, 1,992 rounds of ammunition (9mm, 6mm, 30 carbine, 30-06, and .45-, .40-, .38-, .380-, and .22-caliber), 230 shotgun shells, and 152 shell casings (for firearms other than shotguns).
The guns included vintage specimens (including a black-powder weapon, an M1 carbine, and a J.C. Higgins shotgun, sold in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue until 1961), a host of hunting firearms (shotguns, a Remington 788, and a bunch of .22 rifles, some with scopes), and five handguns, including one with an obliterated serial number. Also recovered by the raid team were three “ballistic vests,” better known as bullet-proof vests.
Barbeito’s publicized status as the Pagan’s national president dates at least to 1991, when an Orlando Sentinel article named him as such. And Barbeito seemingly is a fan of newspapers, as the warrant return mentions articles found in his house-including the Aug. 30, 1999 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News. That edition’s cover article, “Who Shot Gorilla?,” reported on the shooting of Philadelphia Pagans president Steve “Gorilla” Mondevergine, a former cop. A man suspected of pulling the trigger was later shot at by Mondevergine, who pleaded guilty to the crime and served nearly two years in federal prison.