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Police Chief Says Arrests Following Two Year Investigation Will Make Canton Streets Safer

The Shorb Blocc gang takes its name from Shorb Ave. in Canton.
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The Shorb Blocc gang takes its name from Shorb Ave. in Canton.

Canton’s police chief says the community can feel safer following the arrests of a dozen suspected gang members.

Jack Angelo says the Shorb Blocc gang has been a scourge on the city for years.

Two years ago, federal authorities joined Canton police in efforts to break-up the gang.

On Tuesday, about 100 officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) rounded up 12 suspected members.

Alleged Canton gang members arrested
Police Chief Jack Angelo talks about suspects

“Even though there's still some more folks who are out there, I can tell you we've taken off the street some of the most violent and dangerous gang members in the history of Canton,” Angelo said.

A total of 16 people are facing federal racketeering and drug charges, including trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.

U.S. attorneys say over the past ten years the gang has committed violent crimes from murder to assault and witness intimidation. Angelo says they also trafficked in drugs.

Alleged Canton gang members arrested
Police chief believes federal case will eliminate threat

“The Shorb Blocc gang has been a scourge on the city for years," Angelo said. "We've tried to control them, to arrest them, to enforce the laws, but now with the help of the ATF and federal charges, I strongly feel that they will fade into obscurity.”

The suspects have been indicted on federal charges of racketeering and drug conspiracy.

They include:

  • Lenmuel Brown, 26 of Alliance
  • Justin Bush, 34 of Canton
  • Austin Collins, 21 of Canton
  • Juleus Edwards, 33 of Canton
  • Lamuel Flowers, 28 of Canton
  • Tyvion Hall, 23 of Canton
  • Harry Harris, 41 of Canton
  • Stephen Harvey, 26 of Canton
  • Dejour Kelly, 29 of Canton
  • Jessie Lee, 23 of Canton
  • Jaylen Martin, 24 of Canton
  • Raphael Patterson, 34 of Canton
  • Deangelo Snell, 21 of Massillion
  • Corey Sullivan, 25 of Canton
  • Justice Hunter, 23 of Akron and Jawon Strickland, 27 of Canton are separately identified as members of the drug conspiracy, which is also charged.

    Angelo says the arrests mark one of the largest assaults on organized violent street gangs in the history of Canton.

Glenn Forbes is supervising producer of newscasts at Ideastream Public Media.
A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.