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The Suburbanite
  • Gang member arrested after drug sale and chase

  • Canton police were investigating drug sales at a “known drug house” when a gang member conducted a “hand-to-hand” drug sale in front of the officers' unmarked vehicle.

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  • Police investigating illegal drug sales at a “known drug house” in a northwest neighborhood were about to drive by the house when a man stepped off the porch and stopped the car in front of them Wednesday night.
    Stark County Jail records said a known member of the Rated R criminal street gang, Anduwin D. Spicer conducted a “hand-to-hand drug transaction through the passenger side window” as the white Ford Crown Victoria with the large rims blocked traffic.
    Spicer, 29, of 2144 Tuscarawas St. E, was on the porch at 707 Newton Ave. NW, which jail records said is a known drug house that was under investigation by officers with the Canton Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit.
    They saw him “beckon” the car to stop in front of the house shortly before 9 p.m.
    The car blocked traffic on Newton as Spicer spoke with someone through the passenger window. That’s when the drug sale took place, jail records said.
    Police officers riding in an unmarked vehicle behind the car stepped out, walked up and identified themselves.
    Spicer ran away, heading west on Seventh Street NW, the jail records said. As he ran through traffic, he caused a gold vehicle to swerve in order to avoid striking him.
    Police quickly caught up to him about two and a half blocks away in the 500 block of Reed Court NW. There, jail records said, he tried to fight with them.
    Spicer was arrested on charges of felony obstructing official business, resisting arrest and loitering in aid of a drug offense.
    “(Spicer) has a history of drug convictions and is a member of the Rated R syndicate,” the jail records said.
    Stark County Court records show he went to prison for cocaine possession and aggravated assault in 2004, 2002 and 2000.
    Spicer remained in the jail early Thursday, held in lieu of $25,750 bond.