(video)–WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Rhode Island State Police arrested four members of a motorcycle gang from Kentucky on I-95 in Warwick on Friday.
According to police, four members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club were pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic near Exit 10 on 95 North.
Troopers found loaded guns, large knives and crystal meth during the traffic stop, state police said. Officials believe they were headed to Maine.
Last month, Target 12 Investigator Tim White sat down with Lt. Christopher Zarrella, the head of the State Police Intelligence Unit. Zarrella said state and local police are on high alert because clashes between two feuding outlaw biker gangs are on the rise.
“It’s definitely a concern,” Lt. Zarrella said. “We are doing our best to keep tabs on their activities – when they do engage in criminal activity, when they are seen on the road, violating the law in some way. Whether a traffic violation – troopers are out there reinforcing the law to the best of our ability.”
On the Iron Horsemen website, they identify themselves as “one-percenters.”
“Ninety-nine percent of those people who ride motorcycles are good guys,” Zarrella said. “They are the one percent that isn’t.”
Police say they have concerns for innocent people getting caught in the middle of a biker battle.
“Unquestionably, there is a threat to public safety,” he said.
Police say they will have more information on the arrests Saturday morning. The four men are scheduled to be arraigned Friday night.