YOUNGSTOWN 4 indicted on charges of gang activity

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A Mahoning County grand jury handed up indictments against four city men for suspected participation in criminal gang activity.

The four — Adrien German, 20, West Philadelphia Avenue; Christian Oliver, 19, East Delason Avenue; Terrance Sly, 26, Champlain Avenue; and Blake Valentin, 18, East Philadelphia Avenue — have been indicted on multiple counts of possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, perjury, illegal conveyance of items onto grounds of a detention facility and participating in a criminal gang.

Martin Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor, said Thursday the four are members of the Boss Boys gang, which operated on the city’s South Side. The gang is not believed to be affiliated with any national gang.

Desmond said Sly is believed to be the gang leader.

Valentin already faces aggravated-riot charges as the only adult involved in a large fight outside a South Side school earlier this year. The fight was recorded and uploaded to the Internet. He also faces charges for possession of drugs.

Oliver has past criminal cases for illegal conveyance, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence and perjury. Sly has past criminal cases for tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine and trafficking in marijuana.

“They all have predicate acts like drug trafficking and possession of drugs, but what ties them all together is the engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity,” Desmond said.

The public can expect to see more indictments for gang activity in the city in the near future, he added. “This is just the beginning. There will be more coming,” he said.

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