CANTON, Ohio — Local and federal law enforcement officials provided an update on a wide-ranging gang investigation during a briefing on Tuesday in Canton.
A federal grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Ohio returned an indictment charging several Canton-area individuals who identify as members the “Shorb Blocc” gang with racketeering and drug conspiracy violations.
According to the indictment, members and associates of Shorb Blocc, which is alleged to be a criminal organization, illegally distributed cocaine base, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and marijuana, and committed acts of violence to further the interests of the criminal organization, which included murder, assault, robbery, and witness intimidation.
The following individuals were indicted on charges of racketeering:
- Lamuel Flowers, 28 of Canton,
- Lenmuel Brown, 26 of Alliance,
- Corey Sullivan, 25 of Canton
- Dejour Kelly, 29 of Canton
- Jessie Lee, 23 of Canton
- Deangelo Snell, 21 of Massillion
- Tyvion Hall, 23 of Canton
- Raphael Patterson, 34 of Canton
- Juleus Edwards, 33 of Canton
- Austin Collins, 21 of Canton
- Justin Bush, 34 of Canton
- Jaylen Martin, 24 of Canton
- Stephen Harvey, 26 of Canton
- Harry Harris, 41 of Canton
23-year-old Justice Hunter of Akron and 27-year-old Jawon Strickland of Canton were separately identified as members of the drug conspiracy.
The following individuals were charged in separate indictments:
- Stephen Terrell Horn, 28, of Canton, charged with possession of a firearm after having been convicted of domestic violence and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.
- Shain Dayton George, 41, of Canton, charged with Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.
- Nicholas Johnson 25, of Canton, charged with illegal possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
- James Radcliff, 56, of Akron, charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine.
“We are grateful for the extensive and cooperative efforts of our federal, state, local law enforcement partners to bring these individuals to justice and to continue protecting our communities," Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan said in a statement.
You can watch Tuesday's briefing from Canton below:
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