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17 to plead guilty to drug, gun crimes

Associated Press • Mar 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Prosecutors said the gang, dating back to the 1990s, distributed drugs including crack cocaine throughout Ohio and in other states, and recruited individuals from elsewhere to join the gang’s operations in central Ohio.

Many of the 22 defendants charged late last year are relatives of original members of the Short North Posse, including sons and daughters. Plea hearings are set to begin March 24 in Columbus.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus said charges are still pending against three of the 22 and two are fugitives, including Jermonte Fletcher, who prosecutors call the gang’s ringleader.

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