March 1, 2021 – The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club’s quest for total east coast domination in the biker underworld was briefly disrupted last month when Pagan’s national president Keith (Conan the Barbarian) Richter was busted by the feds for a firearm offense after police in Mercer County, New Jersey stopped him in his white-colored GMC SUV en route home from a Pagan’s get-together held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on February 20. Lancaster is just outside Philadelphia, a longtime Pagan’s stronghold.
During the traffic stop, police found Richter to be in possession of a gun (fully-loaded Ruger 45-caliber handgun), which is a no-no for the chiseled, hippy-haired biker guru considering he’s a convicted felon. The gun was located in a secret compartment of the vehicle. The feds got tipped off to Richter’s possession of the handgun and intention of crossing state lines by an informant at the party he attended in the Philly area.
Richter’s expansion mandate is called the “Blue Wave Initiative” in club circles, per FBI and NJSP records. The state of Pennsylvania has long been an influence-center in the Pagan’s organization, dating back decades.
The 62-year old Richter is based out of Long Island, New York, and described as ambitious, magnetic and methodical in the way he goes about his business, according to retired FBI agents familiar with Richter from his early days as a baby biker shot caller in Suffolk County. He did 15 years in prison for extorting and trying to kill a New York strip club owner in the 1990s. He took power as the club’s overall boss in late 2017, per ATF documents, and made plans to colonize rival territory in parts of Northeast Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The Pagan’s launched two new chapters in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area in the last 18 months. The Outlaws Motorcycle Club maintains a pair of “support clubs” in the region. The Outlaws are the most powerful club in the Midwest. Richter wants the Pagan’s to establish a strangle hold on the entire Northeastern seaboard.
On Richter’s orders, members of The Pagan’s in clubs east of the Mississippi River must wear an “East Coast” rocker rather than one that identifies any particular city or state as is customary in most other clubs. There have now been nine new Pagan’s chapters opened on the east coast under Richter’s Blue Wave initiative.
Richter was The Pagan’s national Sergeant at Arms in the 1990s when Philly biker don Steve (Stevie the Gorilla) Mondervergine ruled the club. At that time, Richter ran The Pagan’s Long Island chapter boss. One of Richter’s first moves as national president, was to reinstall the hulking Mondervergine, a former dirty police officer and high-ranking Italian mafia associate, as boss of The Pagan’s crucial Philly chapter, per sources in federal law enforcement.