George Hiotis

Short North Posse Linked to Zanesville Homicide

by George Hiotis on July 1, 2014 at 5:30 am

Federal Prosecutors in Ohio says alleged gang members in Columbus carried out murders, drug trafficking, robbery and other crimes to control their reputation and territory U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio Spokesman Fred Alverson says among the victims is Shane Allen McCuen who was shot to death in Zanesville in 2008 allegedly by Deshawn Smith of Zanesville..  Prosecutors say drug dealing, robberies and murders-for-hire were the only source of income for members of the Short North Posses. McCuen was shot to death at 518 Gray Street on March 11th of 2008.  The indictment says Short North Posse members threatened or intimidated witnesses to keep them from talking to police and also produced songs about their gang and methods that were posted on social media sites.  Several of the defendants already are in prison on other charges.