Four Canton men sentenced in drug-trafficking ring

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Four Canton men were sentenced to prison this week for their involvement in a drug-trafficking ring in which cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine was brought into Stark County and distributed by members of the Rated R street gang.

Jasmine Watkins, 29, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Virgil Hill, 26, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cordrick Owens, 32, was sentenced to 12 years, 7 months in prison. Jerry Gordon, 25, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

All four previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin).

Watkins also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be served concurrently to his 20-year sentence.

"This group is well known to law enforcement for causing serious trouble throughout Canton," U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach said.

Watkins provided Gordon with shipments of drugs at a home in Columbus and then Gordon and others moved the drugs to a stash house he controlled on Sol Beck NE in Canton.

Once there, Gordon distributed the drugs to local dealers, according to court documents. Hill was identified in court documents as the leader of a Rated R clique.

He and others made large purchases of cocaine from Gordon, according to court documents.

Seventeen people have now been sentenced to prison in this case.

They are: Travis Grant: 10 years, 1 month. Timothy Bertram: 4 years, 9 months. Oscar Todd: 10 years, 5 months. Edward Turpin IV: 10 years. Perez Antwan Williams: 5 years. Demond Hill: 10 years, 2 months. Bennie Woodson: 6 years, 10 months. Ronald D. Hill: 6 years, 10 months. John L. Hill: 3 years, 1 month. Barry Giamourdes: 4 years, 3 months. Brandon Jones: 10 years. Lavanya Mayle: 5 years. Brian Brown: 6 years.

Five others were indicted on federal charges last month for their role in the conspiracy.


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