For Immediate Release - November 01, 2007

Motorcycle Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Charges of Dealing Cocaine

SPRINGFIELD - A Chicopee man, who serves as the national vice president of the Diablos motorcycle gang, has pled guilty in connection with trafficking cocaine in Western Massachusetts. Yesterday afternoon, Keith Gallagher, age 52, entered a change of plea from not guilty to guilty on charges of Trafficking in Cocaine (3 counts). Hampden Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Kinder sentenced Gallagher to serve nine to ten years in State Prison.

Based on allegations of Gallagher's drug activities in the area, State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), conducted an undercover investigation from May 2005 to December 2005. During that time, Gallagher sold trafficking amounts of cocaine to an undercover State Trooper on numerous occasions in the Chicopee area, all of which were monitored by the State Police. Upon further investigation, on December 7, 2005, State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office arrested Gallagher at his home without incident.

On January 24, 2006, a Hamden County Grand Jury returned indictments against Gallagher. He was arraigned on January 31, 2006, in Hampden Superior Court. At arraignment, Gallagher entered a plea of not guilty and was order held on $100,000 cash bail. Until his sentencing yesterday, Gallagher had been held in the Hampden County Jail.

Following the guilty plea, Gallagher was sentenced to serve nine to ten years in State Prison. He began serving his sentence yesterday at MCI Cedar-Junction.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Shea of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Special Investigations and Narcotics Division, with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office. The Chicopee Police Department, along with Connecticut State Police and the DEA, also assisted on this case.

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