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Fifteen Members of Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club Conspiracy Sentenced to a Total of Over 155 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

EVANSVILLE- Jesse Wilson, 37, of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for his part in a larger conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Wilson is the last of fifteen members of a large-scale methamphetamine distribution conspiracy based in Evansville. Central Holman, IV, 31, of Owensboro, Kentucky was the main source of methamphetamine for the conspiracy, whose ringleaders were Gary Forston, 42, and Jason Kyle Wilson, 45, both of Evansville. Many of the defendants were members and associates of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club.

“The members of this conspiracy will spend many years in federal prison for pumping large quantities of methamphetamine onto our streets,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Methamphetamine use devastates so many families and kills hundreds of Hoosiers every year. That’s why we will work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to dismantle armed organizations trafficking in deadly drugs. The sentences imposed in this case demonstrate our commitment to protecting the public from these dangerous criminals.”

“Drugs destroy communities by themselves, but the deadly results are compounded as criminal enterprises use firearms enforce their illegal trade.” stated Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to lock up those putting poison into our community.”

“Individuals like Mr. Wilson who are part of a violent methamphetamine trafficking organization must be held accountable for their actions. The DEA remains committed to working hand in hand with our state, local and federal partners in order to keep our communities safe,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon. “The DEA commends the outstanding work of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, Owensboro, KY Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the countless hours spent bringing these individuals to justice.”

According to court documents, beginning in at least 2018, Central Holman, IV, served as the main source of supply of methamphetamine for the conspiracy, while Gary Forston and Jason Kyle Wilson served as ring leaders of the conspiracy to distribute to mid and low-level distributors.

The investigation began in 2019 when law enforcement officers arrested Jason Kyle Wilson for the armed dealing of methamphetamine in Evansville, Indiana. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found that Holman first began distributing methamphetamine to Jason Wilson and Clarence Grubbs in late 2018 or early 2019. Holman resided in Owensboro, Kentucky and often met members of the conspiracy there or in Evansville to distribute the methamphetamine. Holman distributed approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine to members of the conspiracy in 2019 and at least 50 pounds in 2018.

Once they acquired the drug, Forston and Wilson distributed the methamphetamine to mid-level distributors, Adam Lafferty, Shane Lewis, James Benton, Brian Eden, Paul Overby, Kimberly Wilson, Jesse Wilson, Matthew Meredith, Clarence Grubbs, Daniel Wiscaver, and April Martin. Among the locations used to distribute and receive money for the substances was The Grim Reapers Motorcycle Clubhouse located on East Diamond Avenue in Evansville.

Law enforcement officers seized over 20 firearms and over $10,000 in United States currency during the course of the investigation. The conspiracy was responsible for over 80 pounds of methamphetamine distributed in the Southern District of Indiana. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently in litigation to seeking to forfeit the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Clubhouse as the proceeds and instrumentality of criminal conduct.

As of today, all 15 defendants have been sentenced as follows:

DEFENDANT

OFFENSES

SENTENCE

Central Holman IV, 31, Owensboro, KY.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,

21 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Gary Wayne Forston, 42, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine

16 years’ imprisonment

5 supervised release

Jason Kyle Wilson, 45, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

18 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Adam Lafferty, 41, Evansville, IN

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Shane Lewis, 35, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Providing a Firearm to a Prohibited Person

12.5 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

James Benton, 69, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

5 years’ imprisonment

3 years supervised release

Brian Eden, 43, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

12.5 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Paul Overby, 48, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine

15 years’ imprisonment

7 years supervised release

Kimberly Wilson, 41, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

7.25 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Jesse Wilson, 37, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

8 years’ imprisonment

3 years supervised release

Matthew Meredith, 43, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

11 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Clarence Grubbs, 51, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

16 years’ imprisonment

5 years supervised release

Daniel Wiscaver, 64, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

Time served

3 years supervised release

April Martin, 51, Evansville, IN.

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

3 years’ imprisonment

2 years supervised release

Derek Sander, 51, Evansville, IN.

Providing a Firearm to a Prohibited Person

Time served

3 years supervised release

ATF and DEA Evansville investigated this case. The sentences were imposed by U.S. District Court Judge, Richard L. Young.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley, who prosecuted this case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

See previous press release here.

Updated February 21, 2023

Topics
Opioids
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses