Authorities Arrest 44 Gang Members On Drug Charges

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Federal and local narcotics detectives arrested 44 alleged gang members on charges of supplying three city neighborhoods with crack cocaine.

More than 240 officers began making arrests and searching five homes at 7 a.m. Tuesday for members of the Kaika Klan Outlaws.

"The good people who live in those neighborhoods want the drug dealing and violence to stop," Akron Police Chief Michael Matulavich said.

Undercover detectives infiltrated the gang a year ago and bought more than 266 grams of crack.

The 44 Akron residents are between the ages of 18 and 50. Most face maximum sentences of 20 years in prison. Fourteen could get as much as 40 years in prison.

They allegedly acted in pairs and small groups to control crack dealing in the neighborhoods, where they met at designated spots and guarded one another during transactions.

Dana "D-Sickk" Williams, 19, tried to rob an undercover agent, according to the indictment.

Police said Darrell Woodall, 26, was a ringleader who drove a van marked with his gang name, "King Locust." Officers had not located him and placed him on the federal fugitives list.

The alleged ringleaders were charged with conspiracy and five counts of trafficking. They are Woodall, D'John "Man" Mitchell, 21, Phillip Singfield, 21, Jason Bivins, 29, and Steve Johnson, 21.

The Kaika Klan Outlaws, with about 200 members, are one of more than 50 gangs in Summit County.

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