RI biker gang leader convicted of drugs and gun

BURRILLVILLE, RI — A Rhode Island motorcycle gang leader has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug and firearms trafficking, Attorney General Peter Neronha said Friday.

Deric “Tuna” McGuire, 38, of Burrillville, is the head of the Rhode Island chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. He pleaded nolo contendere in 2017 and 2018 to possession of one ounce to one kilogram of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, conspiracy to violate Rhode Island’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act by agreeing to deliver cocaine, conspiracy to violate Rhode Island Controlled Uniform Law. Substances Act by agreeing to deliver cocaine and marijuana, conspiracy to sell concealable weapons without proper documentation and to sell firearms to prohibited persons, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Substances Act controlled substances of Rhode Island by agreeing to deliver controlled substances, conspiracy to furnish a false document to an official audience, conspiracy to receive stolen property over $10,000, and knowingly furnishing a false statement for the purpose of to get a loan.

“Make no mistake, the defendant and the organized criminal enterprise of which he was at the center pose a significant risk to the safety of the people of Rhode Island,” Neronha said in a statement. “The defendant made a point of placing firearms in the hands of those who otherwise could not pass a background check. He financed his criminal enterprise by trafficking drugs and stealing objects of value to others. Thanks to the hard work of the Rhode Island State Police, in partnership with our prosecutors, this defendant and his associates are off the streets and unable to threaten public safety.”

On Thursday, McGuire was sentenced to 20 years in prison, including 10 years suspended and 20 years probation. He must also confiscate $80,229 and six cars resulting from his criminal activities.

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