The most prolific and fastest growing outlaw motorcycle gang in New Jersey, the Breed's
origins go back to the mid-1960's. Significant recruitment activity occurred in 1983 when attempts
were made to absorb members of the Aces and
Eights Motorcycle Club based in Riverside, New
Jersey. Almost simultaneous with this effort was the
assimilation of members of the Branded Motorcycle
Club into the Breed. More recently, during 1986-1987, the Breed reportedly was negotiating to merge
with the Bandana Motorcycle Club, with the Breed
retaining organizational control.
The Breed, with a membership of about 60,
has three chapters in New Jersey the Jersey
Chapter, which is the founding or "Mother" chapter,
operating out of Middlesex County, the South Jersey Chapter operating out of Riverside in Burlington County, and the Trenton-Bucks Chapter operating in the state capital and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
There is a growing concern that Breed members in the Trenton-Bucks Chapter are exerting considerable influence in the drug market. Authorities estimate a local presence of 30 members or significant associates and indicate that this group has a substantial distribution network in place. The location and range of activities of this chapter suggests that state boundaries mean little in defining this organization's jurisdiction. All indications are that this chapter operates freely between the two states.
Similar to other outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Breed is adopting a lower public profile. Observations in the Mercer County area support their presence there, but more conventional behavior, dress and mode of transportation make them less noticeable.
The Breed uses violence to settle disputes and enforce policy. Instances of intergang rivalry have been well documented, particularly with the Pagans. In 1987 and more recently in 1989, gang members were involved in incidents of assault and kidnapping to settle disputes or to retaliate for acts of violence against fellow members. A case in point involved a Breed member wearing his colors in the Philadelphia area, which is considered Pagan turf. After repeated warnings, the Pagans viciously assaulted the Breed member and confiscated his colors. Arrangements were made to negotiate a settlement to this dispute. However, two Breed members were arrested and charged with weapons offenses during the prearranged meeting. Reportedly, the two were present and armed to protect the chapter president, who was handling negotiations.