Police Seize Two Motorcycles from Drug Dealer

Police Seize Two Motorcycles from a Middletown biker and convicted felon this week after investigators searched his home and determined he bought the vehicles with illegal drug money, police said.

Police said they began investigating Shawn J. Gonzales, 37, in March for allegedly selling drugs in Middletown, Meriden, Hartford and other areas.

A report on his arraignment stated that Gonzalez is a longtime member of the Dog Pound Rydaz motorcycle club, which is “sanctioned, recognized, and falls under the umbrella of the Hells Angels.”

On Wednesday, detectives searched his car and his home on Pearl Street, finding a baggie of about 3.6 grams of crack cocaine, a loaded Taurus .38 special revolver, a digital scale with cocaine residue, packaging materials, about $2,600 in cash, and a bill of sale that showed he’d recently purchased a 2017 Victory motorcycle with more than $21,000 in cash.

Police noted that Gonzalez is not employed.

Police decided to seize two motorcycles, a dirt bike, his car and the cash they deemed were “ill-gotten gains of narcotic sales.”

Gonzalez was charged with use of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, distribution of controlled substances within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of controlled substance, carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.

Gonzalez was also charged with risk of injury to a child because the gun and crack cocaine were allegedly easily accessible to two teenagers living in the home.

He is being held on $500,000.00 bail.

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