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Motorcycle club's president ordered held ahead of trial

A federal judge in Charleston, W. Va., has rejected the national president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club's bid to for freedom pending trial on racketeering charges.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston ruled that 49-year-old David "Bart" Barbeito, of Myersville, Md., should stay in custody as a potential danger to the community.

In an order issued Tuesday, Johnston cited Barbeito's position of power, his alleged oversight of murder conspiracies and other violent crimes, and two illegal firearms found during a search of his home last October.

A federal magistrate in Maryland initially freed Barbeito after his arrest last October and he appeared in U.S. District Court in Charleston as ordered. He has been held since Oct. 9, when a magistrate in Charleston initially deemed him dangerous.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 12, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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