Ex-bikers’ club president gets nearly 16 years for role in cocaine ring

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PORTLAND, Maine — The former head of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, whose conviction for marijuana trafficking was overturned, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly 16 years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring.

Richard Szpyt, 58, of Old Orchard Beach and Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty June 2 to a drug conspiracy charge, according to information posted on the court system’s electronic case filing system.

By pleading guilty, Szpyt (pronounced zipt) admitted that in 2006 and 2007 he distributed at least 5 kilograms, about 11 pounds, of cocaine to customers in Maine using members of the motorcycle club to sell the drug in southern Maine.

Szpyt was sentenced Monday to 15 years and nine months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

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