Gang members murdered people during robberies, tried to kill rivals and intimidated witnesses including fatally shooting one to keep her from going to police, all in efforts to control their reputation and territory, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Dealing heroin, cocaine, pain pills and marijuana, robbing people and murders-for-hire were the only source of income for members of the Short North Posse during crimes dating to 2005, according to an indictment made public Tuesday.
Short North Posse members routinely supplied themselves with guns and ammunition, helped gang members in prison by giving them money and also produced songs about their gang and methods that were posted on social- media sites as intimidation tools, the indictment said.
“The Short North Posse controlled the neighborhood through intimidation, fear and violence,” according to the indictment.
In total, 17 men were indicted on 25 charges in what U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart called the biggest federal murder indictment in Ohio history. The charges include allegations of 13 killings, 12 of them previously unsolved. Investigators have prosecuted the same gang going back to the 1990s.