Premonitions of War Guitarist Arrested After Cops Find Nearly $2 Million in His Car

  • Axl Rosenberg

Michael Gaytan (above, second from the left), guitarist and co-founder of the Ohio hardcore band Premonitions of War, has been arrested and charged with felony transportation, possession of illegal currency used to facilitate the purchase of illegal narcotics, and money laundering.

Nebraska’s KHGI reports that Gaytan, 42, was arrested following a traffic stop by Seward County Sheriff Mike Vance on Wednesday, June 10. In the course of conducting the traffic stop, Sheriff Vance “became suspicious that the driver and only occupant of the vehicle was involved in criminal activity.” Sheriff Vance subsequently requested (and was presumably granted) consent to search Gaytan’s Chevy Silverado pickup. With the help of his police dog, Sheriff Vance ultimately found multiple duffle bags, which were filled with roughly $1.9 million. “Federal charges will be forthcoming,” according to the report.

Gaytan has run afoul of the law before: in 2014, the guitarist, his wife, and PoW bassist Danny Garcia were all arrested for participating in a massive, violent brawl at that year’s Firefest.

Lambgoat notes that another co-founder of Premonitions of War, current Walls of Jericho drummer Dustin Schoenhofer, was arrested this past October under not dissimilar circumstances: he was pulled over for speeding, whereupon cops found 632 lbs. of marijuana in his pickup truck.

Premonitions of War broke up in 2005, but have played the occasional reunion show since then.

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