Rhode Island State Police Arrest Four Kentucky Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Members for Weapons and Narcotic Charges

RI – Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of four Kentucky Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Members.

On September 2, 2016, Troopers assigned to the Hope Valley Barracks conducted a motor vehicle stop of four motorcycles operated by members of the Iron Horseman Motorcycle Gang out of Kentucky for moving violations on Route 95 in the City of Warwick.

A probable cause search of the operators resulted in Troopers seizing several knives in excess of three (3) inches. A search incident to arrest resulted in Troopers seizing a loaded 9mm Keltec hand gun, a loaded .380 Keltec handgun, and the seizure of a weapon other than a firearm.

Operator one, identified Robert Frayer, age 55, of 205D Skyline Drive, Princeton, Kentucky, was taken into custody and transported to the Hope Valley Barracks. Frayer was processed, arraigned by a Justice of the Peace and released after posting ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) surety bail. A formal hearing on scheduled Monday, September 28, 2015. He was charged with the following:
• License or permit required for carrying a pistol – 2 counts
• Weapons other than Firearms – 2 counts

Operator two, identified as Michael Matteson, age 41, of 4589 Highway 68, Benton, Kentucky, was taken into custody and transported to the Hope Valley Barracks. Matteson was processed, arraigned by a Justice of the Peace and released after posting ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) surety bail on the following charges:

• Possession of Schedule I-V (Clonazepam)
• Weapons other than Firearms

Operator three, identified as Jerry Palmer, 58, of 104 Ruth Avenue, Princeton, Kentucky was taken into custody and transported to the Hope Valley Barracks. Palmer was processed, arraigned by Justice of the Peace and released after posting ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) surety bail on the following charges:

• Weapons other than Firearms – 3 counts

Operator four, identified as Steven Overby, age 47, of 405 Commerce Street, Hardin, Kentucky, was taken into custody and transported to the Hope Valley Barracks. Overby was processed, arraigned by a Justice of the Peace, and released after posting ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) surety bail on the following charges:

• Possession of Schedule I-V (Crystal Methamphetamine)

A person convicted of possessing a firearm without a license is subject to a fine up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten (10) years, or both.

A person convicted of possessing a weapon other than a firearm is subject to a fine up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both.

A person convicted of possessing schedule I-V narcotics is subject to a fine not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), imprisonment for not more than three (3) years, or both.

Colonel O’Donnell stated, “I commend the Troopers for their attention to detail in seizing firearms and contraband. With the current climate and ongoing disputes between rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in our region, these arrests may have prevented some violence.”