A convicted killer and purported member of the Ghost Riders motorcycle gang is facing federal gun charges following a raid on the outlaw club’s Spanaway clubhouse. Karl “King Karl” Twilleager is accused of having six firearms – including a sawed-off shotgun – nearby when agents armed with a search warrant raided the Spanaway home early Thursday. Twilleager, 66, was previously convicted of murder and drug crimes, and is not legally able to have access to guns.
Members of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives taskforce arrived at the 203rd Street Court East home at 6 a.m. and found Twilleager and two others inside. According to a taskforce member affidavit, agents found books, hats and posters associated with the Ghost Riders, as well as Twilleager’s “colors” – a leather vest bearing patches associated with the gang. Inside an outbuilding described as the Ghost Riders clubhouse, agents recovered a small amount of methamphetamine in a bag next to Twilleager’s credit cards and ID, the task force officer said in court papers. Also seized were two handguns, a rifle and a shortened shotgun without a serial number.
Twilleager was arrested at the scene and was charged later Thursday with unlawful gun possession. He remained jailed following an initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Tacoma. According to charging papers, Twilleager was previously convicted of second-degree murder in a 1993 killing in Grant County and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Prior to that, Twilleager served time in Oregon for drug possession.
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