One of reputed Big Oak leaders apprehended

Anthony Jackson

LISBON — Another one of the ringleaders of the gang named in the Operation Big Oak indictments has been taken into custody.

Anthony Jackson, 31, Cleveland, one of the Jackson relatives believed to have led the Down the Way street gang, was found by the U.S. Marshal’s Office earlier this week in the Cleveland area. The Down the Way, a Cleveland gang, is believed responsible for bringing 1.4 million doses of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl into Columbiana County.

Jackson, who is also known as both Rob and Tone, was one of those listed on the indictment who had not yet been served and until his arrest was listed on the Top 10 Most Wanted List for the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson is the first name of about 100 people listed on the Operation Big Oak indictment.

With Jackson’s arrest, there are now seven defendants listed on the indictment who have not been served.

Sheriff Ray Stone said deputies met officers from the U.S. Marshal’s office and picked up Jackson in Mahoning County. No date has been set yet in Common Pleas Court for his arraignment.

Jackson is facing charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, participating in a criminal gang, three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, three counts of trafficking in heroin, and one count each of trafficking in cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. Some of the charges also contained a forfeiture specification, which claimed Jackson had $614 in his possession believed used in the commission of a felony drug offenses.

The charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity with specification and participating in a criminal gang are both first-degree felonies, which can carry prison terms of up to 11 years each.

Operation Big Oak was a 757-count indictment, which included charges for about 100 defendants. The indictment involved members of Down the Way street gang who were alleged responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, including drug activity occurring in Columbiana, Cuyahoga and Medina counties. The indictments were issued by a special session of the Common Pleas Court grand jury in October of 2017. The gang has been accused of funneling drugs from Cuyahoga and Medina counties into Columbiana County.