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Leader of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang is back behind bars after admitting he consorted with fellow gang members

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PROVIDENCE — The North Smithfield man authorities identify as leader of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang is back behind bars after admitting he consorted with fellow gang members, some with criminal records, while sentenced to home confinement.

Deric “Tuna” McGuire, 37, had been on home confinement with electronic monitoring since a July 2019 Superior Court ruling that struck key wiretap evidence against him and his associates in a sprawling drug-trafficking and firearms case.

McGuire, the alleged leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club chapter in Rhode Island, has returned to the Adult Correctional Institutions for 45 days after admitting Monday failing to keep the peace by spending time with people with criminal records, a violation of bail terms, according to Kristy dosReis, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s office. He returns to court March 4.

According to Rhode Island State Police, an intelligence analyst learned that the Pagans would be holding a second grand opening for their clubhouse at 501 Bound Rd., in Cumberland, on Nov. 6 with up to 30 members from the New York Pagans club expected to attend. 

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Investigators watched at about 1 a.m. as members arrived, some of whom were flagged as alleged motorcycle gang leaders in New York and at least one of whom had been accused of attempted murder and drug trafficking. 

GPS tracking placed McGuire, the alleged leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in Rhode Island, at that location, apparently after riding his girlfriend Catherine Glaude’s Harley-Davidson to the site. Photographs also captured him mixing with Pagans members outside the clubhouse.

On the night of Jan. 13, McGuire held a Pagans meeting at the home he shares with Glaude in North Smithfield. The gang had vacated their Cumberland clubhouse weeks earlier, the police said.

Law-enforcement agencies have identified the Pagans, which are active across the nation and are known to fight over territory with dueling clubs, as a criminal enterprise and have been implicated elsewhere in racketeering scandals.

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McGuire had been free on $100,000 surety and home confinement since Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel suppressed the wiretap of McGuire’s phones. His home-confinement order directed that he was to have no contact with Pagans Motorcycle Club members.

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