Grand jury in­dicts 41 in biker probe

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A grand jury has in­dicted 41 of the 61 peo­ple ar­rested in the spring fol­low­ing a state po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged drug and gun deal­ing by a mo­tor­cy­cle gang.

The state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice an­nounced Thurs­day that 16 oth­ers waived their right to have their cases pre­sented to the grand jury and pleaded guilty. Four had their cases re­ferred to Drug Court or to the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s Adult Di­ver­sion Unit, an al­ter­na­tive to pros­e­cu­tion for first-time non­vi­o­lent of­fend­ers.

Those fac­ing charges were rounded up in May as more than 150 state and fed­eral law en­force­ment per­son­nel ex­e­cuted raids of homes, busi­nesses and Pa­gans mo­tor­cy­cle club head­quar­ters in mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ties.

Po­lice said at the time they sized 53 guns and large amounts of heroin, mar­i­juana and co­caine.

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