The former Westmoreland County leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang — who has been on the run since 2008 — was extradited from Florida and arraigned here on Wednesday on 33 criminal charges for allegedly running a local drug ring, dealing stolen motorcycles and running a corrupt organization.
Raymond E. “Pete” Overly, 43, a former Belle Vernon resident who allegedly ran the Greensburg Pagans chapter out of his now-defunct PRA Racing motorcycle shop in Mt. Pleasant, was ordered held in the county prison on $1 million bail by Norvelt District Judge Roger Eckels.
Overly is charged with illegal distribution and possession of drugs, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy and racketeering.
A state grand jury seated in Allegheny County alleged in a 2009 presentment that Overly controlled the local outlaw motorcycle gang.
Overly was arrested on May 15 in Lake City in central Florida by a highway patrolman who discovered he was wanted in Pennsylvania, according to court records in Florida.
Overly, who lived in Middleburg, Fla., near Jacksonville, was apprehended about 60 miles from his residence. He was charged with resisting arrest.
The Florida Highway Patrol in Lake City reported that the officer was off on Wednesday and unavailable for comment.
According to the 2009 presentment, Overly oversaw the Pagans’ local distribution of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, allegedly supplied from Mexican dealers in Atlanta, from the early 2000s through November 2008.
The presentment alleged the Pagans had built a permanent national headquarters on Duvall Road in Fallowfield in Washington County, and had four local chapters in Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Fayette City and Greensburg.
A three-year undercover operation by state police focused on the Greensburg chapter overseen by Overly, now 43, from the PRA Racing storefront, according to the grand jury.
Two undercover troopers, who subsequently joined the Allegheny County district attorney’s office, used multiple informants.
The trooper who filed the complaint could not be reached for comment.
Witnesses told the grand jury they attended monthly chapter meetings, which they referred to as “going to church,” the presentment said.
They said they generated income for the gang by selling drugs and stealing and rebuilding motorcycles.
If they refused to participate in the drug sales, Overly ordered other members to beat them, according to the grand jury.
Overly disappeared in November 2008 just before a bond revocation hearing for allegedly snorting cocaine, shocking a Rostraver couple with a stun gun, smashing the woman’s foot with his boot and brutally beating the man with a metal baton while he was on parole, court records show.
He was sentenced to four to nine years in prison for the assault, which stemmed over a dispute about motorcycle parts, according to records.
Paul Peirce is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or 724-850-2860.