CANTON, Ohio — Four Canton men were sentenced to a total of more than 60 years in prison for their roles in a cocaine and heroin drug trafficking ring.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the drugs were brought into Stark County and distributed by members of the Rated R street gang. Nearly 17 people, in all, have been sentenced to prison time in the case. Five others have been indicted on federal charges.
Jasmine Watkins, 29, and Virgil Hill, 26, were both sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cordrick Owens, 32, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months, and Jerry Gordon, 25, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
All four had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Watkins also pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“This group is well-known to law enforcement for causing serious trouble throughout Canton,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “These prison sentences will eliminate some of the worst of the worst offenders in Stark County.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Watkins provided Gordon with shipments of drugs at a home in Columbus, and then Gordon and others moved the drugs to a stash house on Sol Beck N.E. 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 Rated R.