Screamin-Demons MC collide with trouble in Visalia

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The Screamin-Demons president was among two men busted on gun and drug allegations after a traffic stop in Visalia. 

Both riders, Thomas Martin Qualls and Matthew Wayne Spray, were driving without motorcycle endorsements Friday evening when they were stopped by the police department's elite special enforcement unit. 

The task force, headed by Lt. Amy Watkins, is responsible for taking down some of the city's most hardened criminals and drug dealers. 

While searching Qualls' motorcycle, officers found a concealed, loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and an expandable baton. 

Qualls is a convicted felon, Watkins said.

Spray was also storing a concealed, loaded gun in his motorcycle, Watkins said. The motorcycle engine was stolen. A deeper search revealed a concealed dagger and 23 grams of methamphetamine.

Qualls and Spray are members of the Fresno Chapter Screamin-Demons Motorcycle Club and were wearing their three patch rocker vests when stopped near Lovers Lane and K Road. 

The suspected gang members were booked into the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on suspicion of numerous firearm allegations, possession of concealed weapons, drugs and stolen property. 

motorcycle gang" members typically: 

  • Identify themselves by adopting a group identity which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation;
  • Engage in criminal activity and the association uses violence or intimidation to further its criminal objectives;
  • Employ rules for joining and operating within the association; (b) the members meet on a recurring basis;
  • Provide physical protection of its members from other criminals and gangs; 
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