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Local Iron Horseman President Sentenced on Meth Charges

A man identified at trial as president of the local chapter of the Iron Horseman motorcycle club was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison by U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Covington.
 
In August, Matthew Shaffer, 39, was convicted by a jury on two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
 
The Iron Horseman chapter is based in Florence and Shaffer was identified as "a national enforcer" for the organization. Shaffer, who has multiple previous felony convictions, is from Walton.
 
Shaffer directed a group that was transporting large amounts of crystal methamphetamine from California to Northern Kentucky and distributing it in 2015 and 2016.
 
On August 25, 2016, according to evidence presented at trial, Shaffer possessed more than 180 grams of crystal meth at his Walton home. He also had two loaded firearms, body armor, and nearly $9,000 in cash.
 
Evidence presented also established that Shaffer led a group that smuggled roughly 10 grams of crystal meth into the Boone Co. Detention Center in October of last year.
 
After a five-day trial, he was convicted.
 
“This investigation and prosecution highlights the importance of a strong partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement in reducing violent crime and drug trafficking activities,” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Our communities are made safer through the cooperative efforts of law enforcement, and I commend the officers and agents for their hard work and dedication on this case and others like it.”
 
Under federal law, Shaffer must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for ten years.
 
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, the ATF, and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.
 
-Staff report
Photo via Kenton County Detention Center