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Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club members charged in federal indictment

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Seven people, including the leader and several members of what was described as a motorcycle gang, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, according to a Friday press release from the Department of Justice.

The following people were charged in a 25-count indictment:

  • Tonka Way Con Ponder, 53, of Preston;
  • Carolynn L. Ponder, 47, of Preston;
  • Tretch Lucius Lawrence, 48;
  • Keith Dewayne Nolen Jr. 34;
  • Paul Leon Gardner, 52;
  • Daniel Scot Kurtzenborn, 41;
  • Robert Russell Warren, 54.

The release says Tonka Ponder, Lawrence, Nolen and Kurtzeborn are in federal custody and have a hearing on Tuesday. Gardner and Carolynn Ponder were released on bond.

The release says Tonka Ponder is the leader of the Camdenton chapter of the Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club. The indictment says members “engaged in acts of violence, including assault, attempted robbery, and extortion.”

Tonka Ponder, Lawrence, Shankle, Nolen, Kurtzeborn and Gardner are accused of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering after they allegedly assaulted someone with a weapon on Dec. 12, 2020, the release says.

The indictment also alleges that Tonka Ponder, Lawrence, Nolen and Kurtzeborn conspired to assault members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and the Iron Celtics Motorcycle Association on July 15, 2021. Kurtzeborn is accused of shooting at someone on the same night while Tonka Ponder is accused of shooting two people then, the release says.

Tonka Ponder and Lawrence are also accused of attempted extortion of the Iron Celtics Motorcycle Association from July 1, 2020-July 15, 2021. Tonka Ponder, Carolynn Ponder are additionally accused of selling meth in Camden and Miller counties from Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2022. Both Ponders are also charged with using cellphones to facilitate drug trafficking.

Kurtzeborn and Nolen were charged with illegal gun possession.

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