Forty-nine people, fifty-three guns, marijuana, crack, cocaine, heroin, mortgage fraud, and equipment such as lawn tractors, snow blowers, ATV’S, silencers and a rocket launcher were among the evidence seized after a year long investigation by the Rhode Island State Police called Operation Patched Out.
The investigation focused on members of the Pagans and the Kryptmen motorcycle clubs, which included Presidents of the Pagans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. One individual was charged with 230 counts. Warrants were executed on twenty-nine locations resulting in the state’s largest bust in history.
The year long investigation involved phone taps, monitored internet usage, and surveillance. The affidavit of evidence collected was 1,300 pages.
“These gang members are not recreational bikers organizing local charities,” said Colonel Ann Assuppico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “These are violent criminals who belong to some of the most sinister motorcycle gangs in this country. When I learned they were trying to establish a foothold here in Rhode Island, I ordered my detectives to use whatever means necessary to investigate and eradicate these gangs.”
“These arrests send a clear and convincing message: we will not allow motorcycle gangs and other criminals to sell guns and drugs on our streets and commit violent crimes in our communities,” Colonel Assumpico said.
A coordinated effort with more than one hundred fifty, state, federal, and local law enforcement officers were involved in the raid which included the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Massachusetts State Police; and the Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville Police Departments.