MCSO assist FBI in Pagan gang-related arrest warrant
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and the Key West Police Department assisted the FBI in the arrest of a Pagan’s motorcycle gang member at a Staples Avenue residence on Monday.
The location was the same as a previous search performed by the Sheriffs’ Office in January 2022 whereupon Justin August Meyer, 31, of Key West, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. About 12 grams of cocaine, an AR-15 pistol, a 9mm pistol, 140 rounds of ammunition, $3,310 in suspected drug sales and a digital scale were found in the residence.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami has subsequently filed a superseding indictment for the two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon charge and will be prosecuting Meyer on those charges. The arrest warrant on Monday was related to those federal charges and as such the FBI was the primary agency involved in the arrest.
“This motorcycle gang will always remain on my radar and I take the crimes they commit very seriously as do our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Law-abiding residents and members of this gang can expect me to remain committed to arresting those who seek to intimidate others and bring illegal drugs and weapons into this community. My message to anyone guilty of those crimes is simple: Comply with the law or move out of Monroe County.”
Meyer was one of four men affiliated with the Pagan’s motorcycle gang arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office since 2019. The other three were:
- Ryan Alan St. Clair, 30, was arrested in February 2022 for carrying a concealed weapon without a license, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Two knives, a 9mm handgun, a stun gun, two grams of cocaine, four grams of a crystal-like white powder that St. Clair identified as “Molly,” and eight grams of marijuana following a suspicious call at the Bahia Honda Bridge.
- Austin Christopher Reynolds, 27, of Key West was also arrested in February 2022 after fleeing from a Deputy on U.S. 1 on Stock Island. Reynolds was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon (a large knife) by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, fleeing and eluding, evidence tampering, reckless driving and knowingly driving with a suspended license.
- Adam Matthew Miller, 42, of Big Pine Key, was arrested in 2019 for making threats on Facebook. Miller posted a picture of himself holding a knife that was captioned: “Support Pagan’s MC or else! Support or life support! Sons of the Fire God coming to a neighborhood near you!”