Accused Short North Posse member, Andre M. Brown, was arrested Tuesday morning in North Carolina.
Brown, aka ‘Paco’, 33 of Columbus had been a fugitive since October 2014 when he was charged with nine counts in a superseding indictment that related to his role in the Short North Posse. With the arrest of Brown, there are no longer any indicted Short North Posse members at large.
Seventeen individuals were originally indicted in the racketeering case in July 2014. All of the defendants were accused of being an organized criminal enterprise known as the Short North Posse.
Brown was one of three more people indicted in October 2014 in connection with a series of violent crimes including 13 previously unsolved murders as well as other attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and robbery. The addition to the indictment included an additional 23 felonies, including one murder and nine attempted murders.
The original indictment which names Brown was a result of a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement, and alleges that beginning in 2005, members of the enterprise originally referred to themselves solely as the Short North Posse. Later some members began subsets of the Short North Posse referring to themselves as the Cut Throat Committee and later the Homicide Squad. Still within the Short North Posse, Cut Throat Committee and Homicide Squad specialized in murders and robberies of rival gang members, other drug dealers, and targets thought to have large sums of cash or firearms. The Short North Posse also identified themselves nationally with the Crips street gang.
Brown was charged in the superseding indictment with one count of racketeering conspiracy and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, each crimes punishable by up to life in prison; one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and three counts of possession with intent to distribute and one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of marijuana, each crimes punishable by up to five years in prison.
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