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NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE GANG VICE PRESIDENT INDICTED ON COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CHARGES

January 24, 2006

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BOSTON -- The vice president of the national chapter of the Diablos motorcycle gang has been indicted on charges he sold large quantities of cocaine to an undercover State Trooper, Attorney General Tom Reilly announced today.

A Hampden County grand jury indicted Keith Gallagher Sr., 50, of Chicopee, on three counts each of trafficking in cocaine and drug violations in a school zone, and one count of possession of marijuana. He is due back in Chicopee District Court on January 25. A superior court arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.

Gallagher was arrested in December after State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, along with the State Police STOP Team and Chicopee Police, executed a search warrant at Rolfe Avenue in Chicopee.

Gallagher's arrest follows a 20-month undercover investigation conducted by State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Connecticut State Police.

As part of the investigation, a state trooper assigned to the Attorney General's Office went undercover and infiltrated the Diablos motorcycle gang. Once the undercover trooper gained Gallagher's trust, the trooper was able to purchase  trafficking amounts of cocaine on three separate occasions from Gallagher.

Gallagher is national vice president of the Diablos motorcycle gang, a national outlaw motorcycle gang headquartered in San Bernadino, California. The gang also has chapters in Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.

Prosecutors expect to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury in the near future.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Shea of AG Reilly's Criminal Bureau is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with Connecticut State Police and the DEA.

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