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Friday, 1 March 2013

Gang associate Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun arrested

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Gangster charged in Bacon hit wanted dead or alive for years
 

Gang associate Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun (above 2007), was arrested in Abbotsford in connection to a September drive-by shooting on Bradner Road outside of Brian "Shrek" Dhaliwal's family home in Abbotsford, was critically wounded in a targeted shooting in Surrey on Tuesday.

Photograph by: File photo, Jason Payne, PNG , for Abbotsford Times

Jujhur Khun-Khun has been a wanted man on two fronts for years.

Police have nabbed the 25-year-old Surrey man on a number of charges that culminated in a first-degree murder charge announced Monday in connection with the shooting death of Jonathan Bacon.

Rivals have twice attempted to kill Khun-Khun, and his fiancé died under mysterious circumstances.

On Sept. 16, 2011, Khun-Khun and Sukh Dhak, the highest-ranking members of the Dhak-Duhre group, were shot at in Surrey in the 10100-block 144th Avenue as they left a birthday party.

Khun-Khun was shot 10 times — once through the heart — and survived, thanks to a combat-trained surgeon who had just returned from Afghanistan. Dhak escaped on foot uninjured.

On Jan. 15, 2013, Khun-Khun once again survived as he and Dhak associate Manjinder Hairan were shot in Surrey in the 12600-block 112B Avenue

Khun-Khun was shot several times but escaped death a second time. He managed to drive himself to hospital. Hairan died at the scene.

Police have been busy with Khun-Khun as well.

In October 2007 he was handed a 18-month suspended sentence on three counts of fraud and possession/use of a stolen credit card.

An intriguing mystery also occurred in October 2007, when his fiancé, Sukhvir Kaur Grewal, 19, allegedly fell to her death from a truck Khun-Khun was driving.

Khun-Khun is recovering from his latest brush with death January 15, and now faces a first-degree murder charge.





Three men with gang ties have been charged with first-degree murder for the August 2011 shooting death of Jonathon Bacon.

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Bacon, a Red Scorpion gang member, was gunned down in a Porsche SUV outside of the Delta Okanagan resort alongside three other passengers.

Two of Bacon’s associates, Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach, were wounded in the shootout, as was Leah Hadden-Watts, then 21, who was shot in the neck and left paralyzed.

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Jonathon Bacon was shot to death outside of the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna, B.C., in August 2011.

Police say Bacon, Amaro and Riach were in Kelowna that weekend as part of crime alliance dubbed the “Wolf Pack.”

Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, 25, Jason Thomas McBride, 37, and Michael Kerry Hunter Jones, 25, are now charged with first-degree murder. Each are also charged with four counts of attempted murder in the incident.

The announcement was made by members of B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit at a press conference in Delta, B.C.

Khun-Khun is well known to police, and was the target of a gangland shooting in 2011. He was critically injured in a Surrey shooting as he picked up a gangster from their Surrey home. Khun-Khun was shot again last month, in an incident that saw gangster Manjinder Singh Hairan executed, police added.

The three accused were arrested last week in simultaneous raids across Canada. Khun-Khun was picked up at his home in Surrey, McBride was arrested in Toronto and Jones was arrested in Vancouver.

Sgt. Lindsay Houghton, spokesperson for the CFSEU, said more than 100 police officers contributed to the 18-month investigation, dubbed “E-Nitrogen.”

Houghton said all of the men charged are linked to the late gangster Sukh Dhak, 28, a member of the Duhre crime group who was killed in a targeted attack with his bodyguard Thomas Mantel, 30, in Nov. 2012. Before his death police regularly warned that Dhak, who was on trial for drug trafficking, could be targeted by rivals following the fatal shooting of his brother outside of Metrotown Mall in 2010.

Duhre gang leader Sandip Duhre was gunned down in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Vancouver on Jan. 16, 2012.

Monday’s arrests could usher in another spat of retaliation gun violence, said CFSEY Supt. Dan Malo.

“Whenever we disrupt the regular organized crime activities of these violent individuals there’s always some flow that comes from that, and we need to with our police intelligence community pay particular attention to that,” Malo said.





James 'Whitey' Bulger's associates saying that C4 plastic explosive supplied to the IRA came from a corrupt FBI agent who was supposed to be one of the Irish-American gangster's handlers.

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new book on the notorious Boston gangster, James 'Whitey' Bulger, details his meetings with the Provisional IRA in setting up the arms smuggling deal which led to the arrest of Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris in 1984.

The book also says that Bulger's involvement with the IRA "took off" after he began working as an FBI informer and quotes one of Bulger's associates saying that C4 plastic explosive supplied to the IRA came from a corrupt FBI agent who was supposed to be one of the Irish-American gangster's handlers.

The book is written by Boston Globe journalists Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen. Cullen, former crime correspondent for the newspaper, reported on Bulger and his gang for decades and had his life threatened by both Bulger and the corrupt FBI agent, John Connolly, now serving 40 years for involvement in three of the reputed 19 murders carried out by Bulger and his gang. Bulger, who was arrested in California in June 2011, faces trial in June on 19 murder and other charges.

Bulger is the model for the gangster Frank Costello played by Jack Nicholson in the film The Departed. The Hollywood Reporter last week said that Johnny Depp is now tipped to play Bulger in a new film by director Barry Levinson.

The Boston reporters' book contains previously unpublished material about Bulger including material about how he was approached by the Provisional IRA to supply weapons even though they were aware he was a gangster and heavily involved in the importation of drugs. It states that prior to becoming an FBI "informant", Bulger had no dealings with the IRA.

It says: "The truth was that on the night Whitey signed on as an informant there was very little he could have given (FBI agent John) Connolly on the IRA. Up to that point, he had merely donated relatively small amounts of money to Irish Northern Aid, or Noraid, the IRA's main support group in the United States.

"But now that he had the FBI in his pocket, his involvement quickly intensified. It became more than giving cash, it became a hands-on thing. Whitey first sent a small consignment of weapons to the IRA, then prevailed upon a friendly FBI agent to acquire C4 explosives for the IRA, according to Steve Flemmi (Bulger's associate who testified against him). Finally, in 1984, Whitey sanctioned and helped organise the biggest-ever shipment of weapons from the US to the IRA. He considered the mission his crowning achievement, an interlude of honour in his long criminal career. It was an audacious project, but one that was doomed to failure because of that bane of Irish revolutionaries, the informer."

As the book explains, gardai were tipped off about the shipment by their most senior informant inside the IRA, Sean O'Callaghan from Kerry. The book describes Bulger's meetings with Joe Cahill who held the twin posts of head of finance for the IRA and Sinn Fein, and who died in 2004.

It reads: "Cahill was accustomed to doing business in bar-rooms, but his haunts were usually in his native West Belfast, not South Boston.

"Still, there was a war on, and Joe Cahill would go anywhere to get weapons for the Irish Republican Army. So there he was, in the private room on the second floor of Triple O's, Whitey Bulger's redoubt on West Broadway. Cahill eyed the Irish tricolour strung across the bare brick wall with an approving nod.

"His short stature, thick eyeglasses and retiring, grandfatherly manner belied a certain ruthlessness that fit in with the men grouped around him at Triple O's. There was Whitey, whose reputation preceded him. There was Pat Nee, the Irish-born Mullen gang survivor who had gone from hunting Whitey to hunting others with him. And there was Joe Murray, Whitey's newest associate, the biggest marijuana trafficker in town."

It adds: "The IRA's association with Murray, the marijuana and cocaine importer, was even more astonishing. If Murray had sold drugs in Belfast the way he did in Boston, his friends in the IRA would have felt duty bound to shoot him; they viewed drug dealers, and their customers as more vulnerable to a squeeze by police and thus more likely to become informers.

"Whitey shared the IRA's reservations. The only thing he liked about drug dealers was the large amounts of cash he could extort from them. He had only recently hooked up with Murray. After learning that Murray had used a warehouse in Southie to store a boatload of marijuana."

The book says the IRA was told to send Cahill to Canada during the winter, so that the trips coincided with dates when the Boston Bruins hockey team was playing in Montreal. "IRA sympathisers in Charlestown and Southie then chartered a bus to bring Bruins' fans to the games. Cahill usually travelled with three companions, so four Boston hockey fans were induced to stay a few extra days in Canada."

Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice, by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, is published in the United States by WW Norton

 


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Forbidden Ones, secured themselves with assault rifles, pistols and even grenades to protect themselves from intruders

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During the secret meetings at their clubhouse in Brooklyn, the members of an outlaw motorcycle gang, the Forbidden Ones, secured themselves with assault rifles, pistols and even grenades to protect themselves from intruders, the authorities said. But their first — and most imposing — line of defense was a cannon, at the ready with .50-caliber rounds, aimed at the door should anyone dare to infiltrate their ranks. Enlarge This Image Department of Justice Among the weapons confiscated were AK-47 assault rifles, homemade bombs, pistols and a cannon. Connect with NYTMetro Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for news and conversation. But what the men did not know was that despite their fortifications, one of their own had turned on them. Their very own “enforcer,” responsible for ensuring that they were all well armed with guns and explosives, was a confidential informer working with New York police officers and federal agents to uncover the sale of a huge cache of weapons. In predawn raids on Tuesday, law enforcement officials arrested seven members of the Forbidden Ones and two other Brooklyn-based motorcycle gangs, the Dirty Ones and the Troublemakers, and charged them with trafficking high-caliber weapons. An eighth man charged was already in prison. Among those discovered, in 15 locations, were AK-47 assault rifles, homemade bombs and a .410-caliber revolver, the police said.  Some of the guns were kept at a gang member’s home, where his wife ran a day care center. The men arrested had nicknames like Spider and Afro, and some literally wore their accomplishments on their sleeves. The “1% patch” they wore declared that they had rejected society and lived outside the law. And the “bangout patch,” showing two handguns crossing each other, signified that the member had assaulted or had another confrontation with the police. Most of the gun sales were made in tattoo parlors, the police said. The defendants, ranging in age from 33 to 61, were scheduled to be arraigned in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, but only three made court appearances. Four others were taken to the hospital for heroin detoxification and treatment for high blood pressure. The men face up to five years in prison if convicted. Officials said the leader of the trafficking scheme was Scott Brannigan, known as the Spider. Prosecutors said Mr. Brannigan, 61, sold 16 firearms and about 1,400 rounds of ammunition, including armor-piercing rounds, to an undercover officer. The most expensive of the arms, at $2,000, was the cannon, which came with ammunition and the black powder necessary to fire it. The first undercover gun buy was in October 2010. The confidential informer led an undercover officer to a tattoo parlor on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Queens. At a nearby house, the informer paid $1,000 for a Yugoslavian assault rifle and ammunition, while the undercover officer looked on. It went on like that, the police said, for the next two years.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Reputed gang leader Richard Goodridge could be facing deportation.

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The 43-year-old was arrested in downtown Montreal Thursday on a warrant issued by the Canada Border Services Agency. Police say they found $9,000 in cash, four cell phones and several pieces of counterfeit ID on Goodridge.

He was arrested for allegedly violating Article 37 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which prohibits permanent residents from having any ties to organized crime.

On Monday, Goodridge appeared before the Canadian Immigration Commission, which has the power to deport him to his native Guyanna.

Police say he was a member of the Montreal North-based "67" gang. Goodridge and fellow 67 member Ducarmed Joseph repotedly had a falling out in 2004, which may have resulted in violence.

Joseph survived a gangland shooting in March 2010. That day two gunmen opened fire on Joseph in an Old Montreal clothing store, killing two of his associates.





man whose daughter had a child with a high-profile gang figure has been sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to import cocaine from Mexico.

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Wayne Scott, a 56-year-old truck driver from Abbotsford, B.C., was convicted earlier this year along with Jarrod Bacon of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

The pair were busted in a reverse-sting operation in which a police agent offered to sell 100 kilograms of cocaine for $3 million.

Scott, whose daughter had a child with Bacon, asked for a conditional sentence and claimed he was manipulated by a friend, who was the police agent, and Bacon to do something he wouldn’t otherwise do.

Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen agrees Scott’s involvement was low and was out of character, but he says Scott still had free will and appeared to be motivated by profit.

Cullen says given the seriousness of the alleged conspiracy, a conditional sentence isn’t appropriate in this case, but noted a 3-1/2 year sentence is far below the usual range of sentences for drug trafficking.


Grandfather of B.C. gangster’s child to be sentenced on cocaine conspiracy

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A British Columbia man convicted in a drug conspiracy apologized Monday as he asked to be spared jail time, saying he made stupid decisions after he became caught up with the wrong people — including high-profile gang figure Jarrod Bacon (pictured), who had fathered a child with the man's daughter. British Columbia man convicted in a drug conspiracy apologized Monday as he asked to be spared jail time, saying he made stupid decisions after he became caught up with the wrong people — including a high-profile gang figure who had fathered a child with his daughter.

Wayne Scott, a 56-year-old truck driver from Abbotsford, B.C., was convicted earlier this year in a conspiracy to import Mexican cocaine into Canada.

He was convicted along with Jarrod Bacon, one of three brothers who became notorious for their links to a bloody gang war in the Vancouver area several years ago, who once dated Scott’s daughter and was the father of her child.

Scott and Bacon were busted in a reverse-sting operation in which a police agent promised to sell Bacon 100 kilograms of cocaine for $3 million.


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Crips Lured High School Girls Into Prostitution

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violent street gang lured vulnerable Fairfax-area girls into prostitution is a chilling one for any parent, and is another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids’ involvement with social networking websites. During a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business. The story has been reported locally in bits and pieces as it progressed, and now a recap is being distributed nationwide by the FBI, using the Fairfax episode as a cautionary tale for parents and law enforcement authorities. After a multi-agency state and federal investigation, all five defendants pleaded guilty to various federal charges related to the sex trafficking conspiracy. The leader of the gang—27-year-old Justin Strom—was sentenced on September 14 to 40 years in prison, while the sentences handed down for the other four defendants totaled 53 years. Strom headed up the Underground Gangster Crips (UGC), a Crips “set” based in Fairfax, Virginia. The Crips originated in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and since then, the gang has splintered into various groups around the country. Law enforcement has seen a number of Crips sets in the U.S. engaging in sex trafficking as a means of making money.


Former Crips gang member Ronald L. Barron spotted a tagger spray painting one February Sunday evening in 2010 on Pico Boulevard near the Cottage Bar

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 Barron had turned his life around and was working as a gang outreach and intervention worker. Still, going up to the tagger proved fatal; the 16-year-old boy shot Barron dead, in front of witnesses. Now that teenager is an adult, and offered an apology in court today after being sentenced to 29 years in prison for the killing, reports City News Service. Mark Anthony Villasenor addressed the court, his victim's family, and his own family members just before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura F. Priver imposed the term: "As you guys all know, the incident occurred when I was 16. That does not make an excuse for my decision ... I'd like to say I'm sorry, first of all ... I'm sorry for the pain ... (The) truth is I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart.'' Barron, 40, had been shot point blank by Villasenor, who witnesses say walked calmly from the scene after firing. At StreetGangs.com, someone who knew Ronnie "Looney" Barron in his early years remembered his trajectory: Ronnie was a part of that early history and could go in depth about all the circumstances that transformed his neighborhood into a gang, but when he was young, he was fully involved. Unfortunately, when he was 17, he was sent to prison for attempted murder. His prison experience did little to change his lifestyle because upon release, he returned back into the same life style. But soon enough, Ronnie began to see the light when the casualty count in Los Angeles continued to grow, which included his friends, loved ones, and even his own brother. He knew it was time for a change, and everyone who knew Looney witnessed a successful transformation. This July, Villasenor pleaded no contest to one felony count each of voluntary manslaughter, possession of a concealed firearm, felony vandalism and being an active participant in a criminal street gang. The victim's son said his father, who worked in youth development for the Amer-I-Can program, would have forgiven Villasenor: "I forgive you because I know if my dad would have made it through, he would have done the same thing," offered Anthony White-Barron.


Gang Associate in West End Targeted Shooting

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Gang associate escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when his black pick-up was sprayed with bullets in a targeted shooting in Vancouver’s West End. Vancouver Police received 911 calls from several shocked residents just before 3 p.m. about the shooting in the alley behind the 1300 block of Comox near Jervis. The target – whose identity police are not releasing – didn’t wait for the VPD to arrive, but was stopped minutes later i his truck on the Burrard Street bridge. VPD Const. Brian Montague said the truck was seized as evidence in the shooting. But he wouldn’t say whether or not the would-be victim was taken into custody or cooperating with police. “This is a very public shooting. It is fortunate that no one was killed. The level of violence is really concerning to us,: Montague said. “It is unacceptable. Our investigators will be on scene looking for witnesses, canvassing for video and trying to find out who is responsible and bring them to court.” While he described the shooting as both targeted and gang-related, he said it was too early to have a motive nailed down in the attack. “As you can imagine, it is still really early in the investigation so there is going to be a lot of information that I am not going to have and there is going to be a lot of hold-back,” Montague said. “The information we have at this time is that it was targeted. It was not a random attack. I can’t go into what that information is.”


Twenty-one people have been indicted by a federal grand jury on gun and drug charges, following an investigation into the Aryan Knights gang.

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 U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Tuesday the charges, which include distribution of methamphetamine, were the result of a long-term investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. Prosecutors say members of the Aryan Knights gang were involved with trafficking meth and that associates of the gang supplied the drug. The gang is active both in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho, according to investigators. Of the 21 people indicted, 13 were on drug charges, including four counts of conspiracy to distribute meth, 15 counts of distribution of meth, and four counts of possession of meth with the intent to distribute. Eight people were indicted for firearm charges, ranging from unlawfully possessing firearms to possession of sawed-off shotguns. Two of those facing drug charges are also named in the firearm-related indictments. “Methamphetamine trafficking is Idaho’s most serious drug crime,” said Olson.  “The involvement of known gang members and the presence of firearms pose significant danger to our communities.” Five people were arrested Tuesday, while 12 others were already behind bars. Warrants have been issued for four more people.


Man admits killing fellow gang member in Allentown bar

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An Allentown man admitted Tuesday to gunning down a fellow Bloods gang member at an Allentown sports bar in April 2010 after saying he wanted out of the gang. Marc Anthony Arnold, 21, pleaded guilty to an open count of homicide. Lehigh County Judge James T. Anthony immediately began a nonjury trial to determine the degree of murder. The trial is expected to end next week. If Arnold is found guilty of first-degree murder, he would have to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lesser convictions would allow him to one day be paroled.


The street faction of the 28s gang in Bishop Lavis, under the alleged leadership of George “Geweld” Thomas, was highly organised with members allocated specific tasks.

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This is according to a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) presentation outlining its case against Thomas, who is on trial in the Western Cape High Court with 18 other co-accused. He faces more than 160 charges relating to various crimes. Thomas’s trial, which has been running for more than a year, is ongoing. The NPA presentation referred to the 28s gang, under Thomas’s leadership, as an enterprise and said it had existed since before 2006. It said the enterprise, which was continuous, had structure and a “hierarchical system of authority with positions of leadership and subservience”. “Members are assigned primary roles/functions.” The presentation said members were financially supported “through drug dealing, extortion and robberies”. One of the things it listed the enterprise as being involved in was “keeping intended victims in fear of the enterprise and in fear of its members and associates”. It outlined the functions of each of the accused and described the following six as: * George Thomas, alias “Geweld” or “Tjova”: a high ranking 28s (prison) gang member and the leader of a 28s street gang faction whose stronghold was in Bishop Lavis. He issued instructions and participated in incidents and also associated with other crime bosses. * Peter McNiel, alias “Pietie”: a 28s (prison) gang member, based in Bishop Lavis, and a member of Thomas’s street gang faction. It said he was a hitman “prized for his military training”. * Giovanni Kannemeyer, alias “Wanie”: a 28s (prison) gang member who was subservient to Thomas “even on a street level”. He was based in Belhar and was a hitman/ driver and drug dealer. * Ashraf Ryklief, alias “Arab”: a 26s (prison) gang member and a leader of the street faction of the 26s. He was based in Delft and his stronghold was The Hague, Delft. Ryklief was Thomas’s associate and a drug dealer who ordered hits and stored firearms and ammunition. He was also involved with stolen vehicles. * Reyaaz Dennis, alias “Katjies”: a 28s (prison) gang member based in Belhar, who was subservient to Thomas’s leadership on a street level. Daniels was an abalone poacher, stored firearms and ammunition and was described as a “middle man”. * Jerome Karlmeyer, alias “Volbloed”: a 28s (prison) gang member who was a member of Thomas’s 28s street faction. He was based in Delft. Karlmeyer was a hitman, drug dealer and stored firearms and ammunition. According to the presentation, in five-and-a-half years, 21 people were murdered in a gang war that had centred on Bishop Lavis and Thomas had either ordered or carried out the majority of the killings.


Monday, 17 September 2012

Tensions erupted at the funeral of slain teen rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” at a funeral parlor about 5 1/2 miles north of Saturday’s protest.

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 Chicago police had to clear the funeral home when mourners surged the casket, nearly tipping it over. Outside, some mourners smoked weed in the parking lot, and police ended up confiscating a loaded .45-caliber pistol. Lil JoJo’s funeral on Friday wound south to Mount Hope Cemetery, and police got calls of shots fired from a car at 115th and Kedzie. There also were reports of someone waving a gun out of a car window. Police closed down several blocks of 115th Street near Fairfield on Friday, and officers from Chicago, Cook County and Merrionette Park stopped cars outside the cemetery, searching people. A gang disturbance was reported at a gas station at 111th Street and Talman, where police found the loaded pistol. Brandy Von Vossen, 31, of Merrionette Park, who participated in Saturday’s march with her husband, Josh, 32, and their 1-year-old and 3-year-old children, said she witnessed Friday’s melee. “It’s pretty scary,” Von Vossen said. “Yesterday was pretty bad; we’ve seen cars pull up sideways in intersections blocking all traffic. My friend and her four-year-old son were screamed at during one of the break-of processions on Pulaski yesterday. “We can’t walk around in Merrionette Park anymore because these processions happen a couple times a week” Von Vossen said. James McGann, 42, of Chicago’s Morgan Park community, said the problem is “getting ridiculous.” “I don’t have a problem with funeral processions. I mean, who would,” McGann said as he marched. “We don’t even leave the windows open during the day because of this.” Sue Pfiefer, 35, said she’s been run off the road by one of the funeral processions. “I see it all the time, I just wasn’t aware everyone else was,” Pfiefer said. “(Friday) was dangerous, I tried to stay inside. Even with all the police cars with them (in the procession), they were still acting like that.” Bansley created a Facebook event a few weeks ago promoting the march. An estimated 250 people showed up at Saturday’s demonstration. The group started in Kennedy Park, marched south on Western, then west on 115th Street, and stopped 300 feet from the cemetery entrance, as per city ordinance. Attempts to contact the Troost family and O’Shea’s office were unsuccessful Saturday.


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Griselda Blanco, gunned down in Medellin, Colombia Two armed riders pulled up to Blanco as she was leaving a butcher shop in her hometown

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Griselda Blanco in 2004.

The convicted Colombian drug smuggler known as the “Godmother of Cocaine,” Griselda Blanco, 69, was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding assassin in Medellin, Colombian national police confirmed late Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

Blanco spent nearly 20 years in prison in the United States for drug trafficking and three murders before being deported to Colombia in 2004, the Herald reported.

Two armed riders pulled up to Blanco as she was leaving a butcher shop in her hometown, and one shot her twice in the head, the Herald reported, citing a report in El Colombiano newspaper.

Family members said Blanco had cut her ties to organized crime after returning to her country, the BBC reported. Police said they were investigating the motive.

Blanco was one of the first to engage in large-scale smuggling of cocaine into the United States from Colombia and set up many of the routes used by the Medellin cartel after she was sentenced in the United States in 1985, the BBC reported.

Investigators told the Herald that they estimate conservatively that Blanco was behind about 40 slayings. She was convicted in connection with three murders: Arranging the killing of two South Miami drug dealers who had not paid for a delivery, and ordering the assassination of a former enforcer for her organization, an operation that resulted in the death of the target’s 2-year-old son, the Herald reported.

Three of Blanco’s husbands were killed in violence related to drugs, the Herald reported, and one of her sons was named Michael Corleone, a reference to “The Godfather” movies.

Blanco is credited with originating motorcycle assassinations, the Herald reported.

“This is classic live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword,” filmmaker Billy Corben, who with Alfred Spellman made two “Cocaine Cowboys” documentaries, told the Herald. “Or in this case, live-by-the-motorcycle-assassin, die-by-the-motorcycle assassin.”


Monday, 27 August 2012

Bentley is considering the launch of an armour-plated car range as customers in Latin America, the Middle East and Russia seek to travel in bulletproof comfort.

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Bentley EXP 9 F concept car
The Bentley EXP 9 F concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. The company has not yet decided whether the SUV will go into full production. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The Crewe-based car manufacturer is exploring ways to tap into a growing market for secure vehicles in emerging economies where the threat of kidnap and assassination is constant.

Jan-Henrik Lafrentz, Bentley's finance chief, said there was demand in Latin America in particular. "We are growing in more and more markets there. For these markets, security is an issue. We are looking at the business case of doing armoured cars.

"There is also demand from Russia and the Middle East. We cannot do this for just one country. There are other countries where there is need for this."

More than eight of 10 Bentley sales are to customers outside the UK. As the vehicle of choice for James Bond in the Ian Fleming novels, Bentleys are used to hair-raising encounters, although the film versions have tended to portray 007 behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.

Bentley does not make armoured vehicles at its Crewe factory and refuses to discuss whether it has made armoured models in the past, although Prince Charles reportedly uses a bulletproof version of the Turbo R. Jaguar Land Rover, another UK-based premium carmaker, already sells armoured versions of both its key brands, produced by specialist manufacturers.

Bentley, which is owned by Volkswagen, sold just under 4,000 vehicles in the first half of the year, up 32% year on year, with US sales increasing by a quarter and Chinese sales climbing 55%. In the UK, 557 Bentleys were delivered to customers, an increase of 4.5% on the first six months of 2011.

Lafrentz said Bentley aimed to more than double car sales to 15,000 a year by 2015, boosted by new concepts such as the Bentley SUV unveiled this year at the Geneva Motor Show. He said Bentley had yet to make a final decision on whether the SUV prototype would go into full production, but it had been well received in trials with potential customers around the world.


gang member and gunslinger who explains exactly how easy it is for he and his fellow gang members to obtain firearms

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The weekend, Chicago Sun Timesreporter Frank Main published an interview with “Chris,” a Chicago high school student and gang member and gunslinger who explains exactly how easy it is for he and his fellow gang members to obtain firearms, even if they have criminal records:

“I will make a call and say I need a gun. I will ride down the street on my bike and get it — five minutes.” . . . Chris calls them the “gun guys.” The cops have another name for them: “straw purchasers.”

“Gun guys” have clean records allowing them to obtain Illinois firearm owner’s identification cards. With FOID cards, they can legally buy guns at stores in the suburbs.

Then they illegally sell them to gang members banned from owning guns because of their criminal backgrounds.

Most of the guns recovered in crimes in Chicago were bought in suburban gun stores, according to a new University of Chicago Crime Lab study of police gun-trace data.

As Chris points out, many of these straw purchasers’ full-time job is trading on their clean criminal record to buy guns and then resell them at a markup to dangerous felons. Such professional straw purchasers should be easy to catch. Because federal law requires most gun purchasers to undergo criminal background checks before they can buy a firearm, it should be an easy matter for law enforcement to check whether the same person is purchasing guns over and over and over again.

Except that the so-called “Tiahrt Amendments” thwart such checks by requiring the Justice Department to destroy the record of any gun buyer whose purchase was approved within 24 hours. As a result, law enforcement is often blind to straw purchasers who are flooding the streets with guns right under their noses.

Nor is this the only aspect of federal law that “gun guys” can take advantage of. An estimated 10 percent of all guns used in a crime by juveniles were sold at a gun show or flea market where many of the dealers do not have to conduct criminal background checks on their customers. Indeed, federal officials are often forced to charge straw purchasers with paperwork violations due to the absence of an appropriate law criminalizing unlicensed gun trafficking.

As ThinkProgress reported on Friday, 19 people were shot in Chicago last Thursday evening. The night after we published that post, 17 more people were shot — 4 of them fatally.


Miguel Angel Trevino Morales new leader is emerging at the head of one of Mexico's most feared drug cartels.

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    This undated image taken from the Mexican Attorney General's Office rewards program website on Aug. 23, 2012, shows the alleged leader of Zetas drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias âZ-40.â (AP Photo/Mexican Attorney General's Office website)

Mexico's Violent Zetas Cartel Sees New Leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales A split in the leadership of Mexico's violent Zetas cartel has led to the rise of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a man so feared that one rival has called for a grand alliance to confront a gang chief blamed for a new round of bloodshed in the country's once relatively tranquil central states.

Trevino, a former cartel enforcer who apparently has seized leadership of the gang from Zetas founder Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, is described by lawmen and competing drug capos as a brutal assassin who favors getting rid of foes by stuffing them into oil drums, dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire, a practice known as a "guiso," or "cook-out".

Law enforcement officials confirm that Trevino appears to have taken effective control of the Zetas, the hemisphere's most violent criminal organization, which has been blamed for a large share of the tens of thousands of deaths in Mexico's war on drugs, though other gangs too have repeatedly committed mass slayings.

"There was a lot of talk that he was pushing really hard on Lazcano Lazcano and was basically taking over the Zetas, because he had the personality, he was the guy who was out there basically fighting in the streets with the troops," said Jere Miles, a Zetas expert and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent who was posted in Mexico until last year.

"Lazcano Lazcano, at the beginning he was kind of happy just to sit back and let Trevino do this, but I don't think he understood how that works in the criminal underworld," Miles said. "When you allow someone to take that much power, and get out in front like that, pretty soon the people start paying loyalty to him and they quit paying to Lazcano."

The rise has so alarmed at least one gang chieftain that he has called for gangs, drug cartels, civic groups and even the government to form a united front to fight Trevino Morales, known as "Z-40," whom he blamed for most of Mexico's violence.

"Let's unite and form a common front against the Zetas, and particularly against Z-40, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, because this person with his unbridled ambition has caused so much terror and confusion in our country," said a man identified as Servando Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, in a viedo posted Tuesday on the internet.

A Mexican law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to speak on the record said the video appeared to be genuine,

"He is the main cause of everything that is happening in Mexico, the robberies, kidnappings, extortion," Gomez is heard saying on the tape. "We are inviting all the groups ... everyone to form a common front to attack Z-40 and put an end to him."

Trevino Morales has a fearsome reputation. "If you get called to a meeting with him, you're not going to come out of that meeting," said a U.S. law-enforcement official in Mexico City, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

In two years since Zetas split with their former allies in the Gulf cartel — a split in which Trevino reported played a central role — the gang has become one of Mexico's two main cartels, and is battling the rival Sinaloa cartel.

Now the Zetas' internal disputes have added to the violence of the conflict between gangs. Internal feuds spilled out into pitched battles in the normally quiet north-central state of San Luis Potosi in mid-August, when police found a van stuffed with 14 executed bodies.

San Luis Potosi state Attorney General Miguel Angel Garcia Covarrubias told local media that a 15th man who apparently survived the massacre told investigators that both the killers and the victims were Zetas. "It was a rivalry with the same organized crime group," Garcia Covarrubias said.

The leadership dispute also may have opened the door to lesser regional figures in the Zetas gang to step forward and rebel, analysts and officials said.

Analysts say that a local Zetas leader in the neighboring state of Zacatecas, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, "The Taliban," was apparently trying to challenge Trevino Morales' leadership grab, and that the 14 bullet-ridden bodies left in the van were The Taliban's men, left there as a visible warning by Trevino Morales' underlings.

The Taliban's territory, Zacatecas, appears to have been a hot spot in Trevino's dispute with Lazcano. It was in Zacatecas that a professionally printed banner was hung in a city park, accusing Lazcano of betraying fellow Zetas and turning them in to the police.

Trevino began his career as a teenage gofer for the Los Tejas gang, which controlled most crime in his hometown of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from the city of Laredo, Texas, officials say.

Around 2005, Trevino Morales was promoted to boss of the Nuevo Laredo territory, or "plaza" and given responsibility for fighting off the Sinaloa cartel's attempt to seize control of its drug-smuggling routes. He orchestrated a series of killings on the U.S. side of the border, several by a group of young U.S. citizens who gunned down their victims on the streets of the American city. American officials believe the hit men also carried out an unknown number of killings on the Mexican side of the border, the U.S. official said.

Trevino Morales is on Mexico's most-wanted list, with a reward of 30 million pesos ($2.28 million) offered for information leading to his capture.

Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said that the Zetas are inherently an unstable cartel with an already huge capacity for violence, and the possibility of more if they begin fighting internal disputes. "I think the Zetas are having problems, and there is no central command," he said.

The Zetas have been steadily expanding their influence and reaching into Central America in recent years, constructing a route for trafficking drugs that offloads Colombian cocaine in Honduras, ships it overland along Mexico's Gulf Coast and runs into over the border through Trevino Morales' old stomping grounds.

Samuel Logan, managing director of the security analysis firm Southern Pulse, notes that "personality-wise they (Trevino Morales and Lazcano) couldn't be more different," and believes the two may want to take the cartel in different directions. The stakes in who wins the dispute could be large for Mexico; Lazcano is believed to be more steady, more of a survivor who might have an interest in preserving the cartel as a stable organization.

"Lazcano may be someone who would take the Zetas in a direction where they'd become less of a thorn in the side for the new political administration," Logan said in reference to Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to take office as president on Dec. 1. "In contrast, Trevino is someone who wants to fight the fight."

Referring to Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a member of the rival Sinaloa Cartel who died in a shootout with soldiers in July 2010, Logan noted, "Trevino is someone who is going to want to go out, like Nacho Coronel went out, with his guns blazing."





Gang Member with Stolen Gun Arrested

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The Walnut Creek Police arrested a 20-year-old Walnut Creek resident, identified as Mauricio Cerventas, on several weapons charges after police say he had a concealed stolen gun inside Wendy’s on North Main Street.

The following information is from the Walnut Creek Police:

Crime Description / Code:

  • Gang member with concealed firearm/ PC 25400(3)
  • Carrying a concealed firearm/PC 25400(a)
  • Possession of a stolen firearm/PC 25850(a)(2)
  • Gang member in possession of a stolen firearm/PC 25850(a)(3)

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at approximately 3:51pm officers responded to Wendy’s restaurant located at 2955 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek for a report of a man with a gun inside of the restaurant.

For the public’s safety officers temporarily closed N. Main Street between Treat and Sunnyvale during the incident.

Cevantes was arrested for the above charges. Cervantes was booked into the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department Martinez Detention Facility on a $120,000 bail. No one was injured during the incident..


Police think Ogden drive-bys are tied to gang's power struggle

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Police believe drive-by shootings at an Ogden home Tuesday night and Wednesday morning may be related to a violent power struggle within a street gang over control of leadership, drugs and money. Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley declined to identify the gang, but said members are not affiliated with the Ogden Trece. On Monday, 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones issued a permanent injunction against Trece members, banning them from associating with each other in public and being in the presence of guns, drugs and alcohol. The injunction also places Treces under an 11 p.m. curfew. The drive-by shootings at a home in the 500 block of 28th Street are signs of in-fighting among members of a local gang who are attempting to resolve their differences through escalating violence, Conley said. “They are in the same gang and are arguing back and forth,” he said, noting police have gathered intelligence on the dispute. “We are taking enforcement action to eradicate the problem or get the individuals involved incarcerated.” Six to eight gang members are believed to be involved in the dispute.


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Two people employed at the US embassy in Mexico have been wounded after their car was mistakenly fired on by police south of Mexico city

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Pictures from the scene showed the Toyota vehicle riddled with bullet-holes [AP]

Two people employed at the US embassy in Mexico have been wounded after their car was mistakenly fired on by police south of Mexico city, officials have said.

The Mexican government said federal police shot at the vehicle as they were chasing criminals on a main road to the city of Cuernavaca.

"Today at 8:00 am, a diplomatic vehicle belonging to the US embassy was hit by multiple bullets from personnel of the federal police in the Tres Marias-Huitzilac highway," the public security ministry and navy said in a joint statement on Friday.

The statement said the police were conducting anti-crime operations.

'Evasive manoeuvers'

A Mexican marine who was travelling with the two US employees was lightly injured in the incident, the statement said. 

Those involved were said to be all out of danger after being escorted to a hospital by the police.

The trio were driving to a military installation when they were approached on a dirt road by a vehicle whose passengers displayed weapons.

"The driver of the diplomatic vehicle used evasive manoeuvers and when it returned on the highway, the passengers in the attacking vehicle opened fire on the diplomatic vehicle," the statement said.

"Moments later three other vehicles joined the chase and shot at the US embassy vehicle."

The statement did not specify who the four attacking vehicles belonged to or whether it was police bullets that hit the three victims.

The US state department said it was working with Mexican authorities to investigate the incident further.


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Prosecution allowed to mention gang ties in trial of final defendant in Newark schoolyard killings

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What else but gang ties could explain 15-year-old Gerardo Gomez’s motivation to allegedly help rob, brutalize then shoot four strangers behind a Newark schoolyard, a judge said in his lengthy written decision issued Monday. The judge’s ruling grants the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office its motion to present evidence at Gomez’s upcoming murder trial that shows he was a member of the MS-13 gang, and that the triple killing was gang-motivated. Gomez’s defense attorney had objected to the request, maintaining any mention of a gang element would prejudice a jury. In his 44-page decision, Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin in Newark said that Gomez’s alleged gang membership could speak to his state of mind the night of the Aug. 4, 2007, killing. “The bond of a friendship, a classmate, or an acquaintance offers no explanation...on how one could possibly have possessed this egregious motive and state of mind,” Ravin wrote. But gang membership might explain why Gomez, who turned 15 that day, “would obediently follow the command” of a higher-ranking gang member “to rob, kill and maim four non-provoking strangers,” the judge wrote. Four college-aged friends were all shot in the head; only one survived. Gomez, now 20, is the final defendant to face justice. The others — all allegedly connected to MS-13 — have either been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty to the crime, including one who is expected to testify against him. Gomez, whose trial begins early next month, admits his presence at the schoolyard but denies any part in the attack. Responding to the judge’s decision, defense attorney Michael Robbins, said today: “Lady justice wraps Superman’s cape around the accused in the form of the presumption of innocence. To allow misplaced gang evidence into a case like this would be kryptonite that would melt Superman’s cape and cause otherwise fair jurors to disregard the presumption of innocence.” But Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo said the gang component is integral. “Our opinion has always been the schoolyard homicide was an MS-13 event,” he said. “It explains the context of the defendants’ actions and their motivation that night. Gang violence is part of our culture in Newark and we feel it’s relevant. Our burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, so if we want to tell the jury what’s behind the killing, we have to add this in.”


Gang violence exploding in Quebec

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Street gang crime has increased 69% in Quebec over the past three years, in contrast to a year-over-year decline in overall crime across the province, provincial data revealed. The data were released at the same time crime experts have told QMI Agency to expect even more gang violence after the recent assassinations of high-profile street gang members in Montreal. Crime attributed to gangs increased almost 11% in Quebec between 2010 and 2011, and 69% since 2009. The report by the province's public security ministry noted that Quebec's various police corps registered 100 more law violations attributed to gangs compared with 2010. The majority of the gang crimes were related to probation violations, drug possession and assault. Crime in general, however, declined in 2011 by 6% compared with 2010 and has been on the decline since 2006, according to the government. Crimes against people declined in 2011 by just under 2% compared to 2010, and crimes against property declined during the same period by just over 8%. One statistic of note is the province's homicide rate, which contradicts the overall downward trend in crime. Homicides in Quebec jumped by 20 murders - or over 20% - between 2010 and 2011. The report noted that the 2011 homicide stats reflected an increase of people killing members of their own family, the victims of which are often children. Cases of murdered children aged 17 years or under more than doubled, from six in 2010 to 14 a year later. The government noted that since 2008, police have attributed 20 murders in Montreal to street gangs. One street gang-related murder that did not figure into the 2011 statistics was the assassination of reputed street-gang kingpin "Big" Chenier Dupuy, 37, who was killed on Aug. 10 in Montreal. A top street gang member told QMI Agency it was a "matter of time" before Dupuy's death is avenged. Street gang activity represented 0.4% of all crimes reported by Quebec police forces in 2011. In Montreal, street gangs accounted for 1.6% of the total reported criminality in 2009, the last year for which the city's police force released data.


Mexico’s largest crime group, Los Zetas, appears to be splintering into two rival factions locked in occasional open warfare with each other

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 The factions are tussling for control of the central states of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi and are battling each other in parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. What sparked the rift is unclear, but signs of the apparent split have come in public banners left at crime scenes, replete with accusations of betrayal and treason between factions led by the two top leaders, Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino. “We’re looking at a turning point for them,” said Samuel Logan, a security analyst who’s the co-author of a book on the Zetas that was released earlier this year. “We’re at the beginning of the public stage of the split, but it’s been developing for a while.” A fracturing of Los Zetas could force a violent realignment of Mexico’s drug-trafficking gangs and probably would create challenges for President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, who promised to bring down soaring homicides after his inauguration Dec. 1. One of the latest signs of turmoil came Aug. 9, when authorities found a Mercedes-Benz truck bearing 14 bodies on the outskirts of the city of San Luis Potosi, a mining and industrial hub that’s the capital of the state of the same name. Afterward, state Attorney General Miguel Garcia Covarrubias said a man who’d feigned death and survived the massacre told authorities that groups of Zetas were battling each other. “It seems this is a dispute within Los Zetas, a rivalry among themselves,” Garcia Covarrubias told Mexico City’s W Radio network. The members of Los Zetas, a band formed by military deserters, worked as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel in northeast Mexico until a violent schism in 2010. Since then, the Zetas have branched beyond drug trafficking to extortion, human smuggling, kidnapping and piracy of goods. Known for extreme brutality, the group is thought to be active in at least half of Mexico’s 31 states and Mexico City, as well as throughout Central America. “The Zetas have expanded rapidly in recent years, and they might have hit a wall,” said Alejandro Hope, a former official in the national intelligence agency CISEN. He cautioned that reports of a rift within the Zetas could be part of a government “psy ops” campaign to inject paranoia into the gang. As to the extent of a split, “we don’t really know yet.” Initial reports of a rift emerged in early June, then surged with the arrest June 12 of Trevino’s brother, Jose, at a horse-breeding ranch in Oklahoma, inflaming mistrust and questions that someone within the gang had led U.S. agents to the ranch. “It might have launched a chain reaction of suspicions within Los Zetas,” Hope said. In early August, cloth banners appeared along highways in the states of Veracruz, Coahuila and Tamaulipas denying that a Zetas split had occurred. But within days, new signs of infighting emerged in the states of Campeche, Tabasco and Quintana Roo, all in Mexico’s southeast. On Aug. 9, security agents arrested Jorge Luis Martinez Rodriguez, known as “El Taz,” in Campeche, linked to one faction of Los Zetas. The next day, police in Quintana Roo arrested an alleged midlevel henchman of Trevino’s, and said another Zetas faction had ratted him out.


Armed gang fight breaks out in Venezuelan prison

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Twenty-five people were killed and 43 others hurt in a prison battle in Venezuela as two armed gangs vied for control of a penitentiary near Caracas, authorities said on Monday.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Gun charge brings 8-year term

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 reputed member of the Crips street gang apologized for his role in the shooting death of an innocent man on a city street in 2008 as he was sentenced to 8 years in prison on a gun charge. "I take full responsibility for my actions as a 26-year-old adult," Matthew Blanding said Friday in Schenectady County Court. "I want to give a big public apology to the family the crime was committed against, specifically Foday Kpoto." The defendant also apologized to God and society, and thanked his attorney and the prosecution for the negotiated plea. He had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Additionally, Blanding was sentenced to 6 years behind bars for an unrelated drug offense, a charge that will run concurrently with the gun charges.


The attackers shouted at the victims that they were part of the Problem Child Gang, or PCG.

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Indianapolis metropolitan police say they are holding seven suspected gang members in connection with an attack on a 16-year-old, and neighbors in the Near-Southside neighborhood where the incident occurred said Friday that they were concerned about increased gang activity in the area. “We’ve got to take back our neighborhoods,” said Rachel Cooper, 63, a lifelong resident of the Fountain Square area southeast of Downtown. “They’re not going to come out here and take advantage of us. We’re going to protect ourselves. If we have to do some shooting, we’re going to shoot them, and I’ve already told the police that.” All of those arrested Thursday were 14 to 19 years old. According to a police report,


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Al Capone's Palm Island estate

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Al Capone's Florida home includes an enormous 30-by-60 foot pool.

 

93 Palm Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
For sale: $9.95 million

Al Capone was Brooklyn-born and long ruled the streets of Chicago before he decided to makeFlorida his permanent residence. The notorious mob boss moved south in 1928, buying an enormous beach-side estate that would serve as his final home.

Sixty-five years after Capone's death, the mansion is for sale. Even after several renovations, the estate still carries a lot of historical details from the mobsters' reign there.

When Capone arrived in Miami Beach, historians say, the mob boss wasn't looking to expand his empire of bootlegging, gambling and money laundering but was searching for a place to retreat from the stresses of running the mob. His new residence on Palm Island was the perfect place to do so.

Capone reportedly purchased the home for $40,000 cash from Clarence Busch of the Anheuser-Busch family. Capone set about making the enormous 30,000-square-foot property his own.

"He wanted the biggest pool, so he built one 30 by 60 feet," said Jorge Alonso of Prudential Douglas Elliman Florida."He built the two-story cabana pool house, where he kept the guards, and he also built the guest house and a wall to guard the house."

The home was not only where Capone and his family stayed full time, it was also "supposedly where he planned the entire Valentine's Day Massacre," Alonso said. Miami Beach also served as Capone's alibi during the event:

"He made sure that everyone saw him in South Beach on the day," Alonso said.

For most of the 1930s, Capone was in prison for tax evasion, but he returned to the Miami Beach home upon his release and lived there until his death in 1947.

Capone didn't pass away in the master bedroom, however, explains Alonso. He spent his final days in the guest bedroom in the front of the house where he could always see who was coming and going.

Capone's home has only passed through a few owners since and under the current one. The house has had a complete renovation while still maintaining the "old Cuba, Havana style," Alonso said.

"The home has high ceilings, great moldings, the construction is amazing and they made sure the architect kept the original things." 

Well, everything, except Capone's cache of bootleg liquor.

According to Zillow's mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on the Capone estate would be $36,078, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.

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The Prohibition-era home has been fully restored and updated.

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The downstairs powder room remains untouched from Capone's days.

Sixty-five years after the mobster's death, the Al Capone Estate is for sale.


Saturday, 18 August 2012

it's only "a matter of time" before his group avenges the assassination of kingpin "Big" Chenier Dupuy.

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The 37-year-old head of the Mafia-linked Bo-Gars gang was shot and killed in a parked car in east-end Montreal last Friday. A friend of Dupuy's was gunned down hours later. A longtime Bo-gars member told QMI this week that there will be reprisals for the murders. Sources say Dupuy had violently rejected a drug-dealing partnership offer from a Hells Angels-linked street gang in the weeks before his murder. A police tactical squad raided suspected gang hideouts this week to try and prevent bloody reprisals. Police targeted a dozen locations in the city on Wednesday and Thursday, most of which were in Montreal North, the home base for the Bo-Gars. "I would be lying if I said there's no connection between these raids and (the killings)," police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere told QMI Agency. Provincial police also took part in the raids, which Lafreniere says are aimed at "reassuring the public and being visible." He adds that police have stepped up patrols in strategic areas. Montreal police on Thursday arrested two 24-year-old men with Bo-Gars ties. Officers seized a Ruger-brand pistol and a .44 Magnum and the suspects face weapons charges. It's too early to say if the arrests are linked to a plot to avenge Dupuy's death. Bullets have been flying for three years as enemies of the once-powerful Rizzuto crime family knock off top leaders, as well as associates such as the Bo-Gars. Rizzuto family patriarch Nick Rizzuto, Sr. was killed in his north-end Montreal home in 2010, about a year after his grandson, Nick Jr., was gunned down across town. Family boss Vito Rizzuto, son of Nick Sr. and father of Nick Jr., is scheduled to be released from a U.S. prison in October after serving several years for his part in a 1981 mob massacre in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Friday, 17 August 2012

Reputed street-gang kingpin "Big" Chenier Dupuy, was the head of the Bo-Gars street gang who was assassinated last week, violently rejected a partnership offer from the Hells Angels

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Reputed street-gang kingpin "Big" Chenier Dupuy, who was assassinated last week, violently rejected a partnership offer from the Hells Angels prior to his murder, sources tell QMI Agency. Dupuy, 37, was shot to death Friday as he was sitting in a parked car with another man at an east-end shopping centre. An associate was shot and killed hours later. Police believe Dupuy is the head of the Bo-Gars street gang, a Mafia-linked outfit whose members also reportedly claim allegiance to the well-known Bloods street gang in the U.S. A source says Dupuy had slapped a rival gang leader in the face last month during a Hells-sponsored summit north of Montreal aimed at uniting several street gangs under the Hells banner. He reportedly stormed out of the meeting along with colleague Lamartine Severe Paul, vowing never to work with the Hells. Both men were immediately marked for death, QMI learned from police sources and gang associates. The summit meeting was organized by Gregory Wooley, a protege of jailed Hells boss Maurice "Mom" Boucher. Wooley, one of the few Hells Angels of African descent, is the reputed leader of the Syndicates, a street gang formed by the Hells at the height of its bloody 1990s biker war with the Rock Machine. "Like many veterans of the Bloods, Chenier said he wanted no part of (Wooley)," said an associate of Dupuy, who describes the slain gang leader as "a brother." "He (said he) would never work for the bikers or their d--- suckers," added the friend, an apparent reference Wooley's Syndicates. Dupuy's associate confirmed that Wooley was the one who Chenier had slapped, in full view of everyone, during the gang summit at a bar in Sainte-Adele, north of Montreal. The bad blood worsened in the weeks following the summit. Dupuy confronted Wooley a second time at the Solid Gold strip club in Montreal. Dupuy had escaped a shootout at the same club in 2008. The Bo-Gars leader also reportedly beat up a Syndicates member in front of a Montreal car dealership. Police then warned Dupuy that there was a price on his head. Days later, he was dead.
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war on Bloods street gang

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Officials in Lancaster said Thursday they are joining forces with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to declare war on a local street gang they blame for a recent spike in crime in the High Desert region. “The city of Lancaster, the Lancaster sheriff’s department, and the citizens of this valley have worked too hard fighting crime over the past several years to have this group of thugs try to destroy our community’s sense of safety and peace of mind," Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement. City officials allege that hoodlums associated with the infamous Bloods, a predominately African American street gang, have been “targeting the Antelope Valley ... showing a blatant disregard for the rights and property of others.”  Officials say the number of burglaries, robberies, car thefts and larcenies have increased in Lancaster neighborhoods. "The Bloods picked on the wrong city and the wrong mayor and now have a real battle on their hands," Parris said. In an interview with The Times earlier this week, the mayor said he was declaring "open season" on the gang. City officials said several operations are underway to combat crimes committed by gangs, including those conducted by the Sheriff’s Department’s robbery suppression and burglary suppression teams. Future strategies would include undercover operations and aerial surveillance, which would help minimize the ability of gang members "to hide from the law," city officials said.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Ruble, of the agency’s Operation Safe Streets bureau, said his agency would work with the L.A. County district attorney’s office to secure gang enhancements in sentencing and prison time in any case involving the gang. The enhancement would make the gang member eligible for as much as 10 additional years in prison, Ruble said. In addition, Parris said he would contribute $10,000 of his own money to a reward for citizens who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a Bloods gang member. "We know who they are, where they live, what cars they drive, and who they associate with," Lancaster sheriff’s station Capt. Bob Jonsen said in written remarks. "They will feel our presence in their lives from this day forward. I can assure the Lancaster community that this gang’s days of terrorizing this community are coming to an end." Said Parris:  "They better start packing for a one-way trip out of our city."


LA gang member convicted of 4 murders

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gang member who hid out in the Philippines for 11 years was found guilty Thursday for four murders during a mid-1990s crime spree in a quest to make the gang the most feared in Los Angeles. Jurors found Pierre Mercado guilty of four counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and five counts of attempted murder. He will be sentenced Aug. 24 and faces up to life in prison. Mercado was a member of the Asian Boyz, a gang founded by his brother Marvin Mercado that terrorized parts of Los Angeles in the mid-1990s. Marvin Mercado was convicted of eight murders and received eight life sentences last year in a separate case. He founded the notorious Asian Boyz in the early 1990s with a schoolmate in the San Fernando Valley. The gang had Cambodian, Vietnamese and Filipino factions and included three cliques in the suburbs of Los Angeles and one in San Jose. Prosecutors said while most gangs make money dealing drugs, the Asian Boyz committed burglaries and robberies. The killings stemmed from a violent rampage in 1995 that the gang dubbed the "summer of madness" in an attempt to become the city's most feared gang. Three of Pierre Mercado's murder victims were mistaken as rival gang members, said prosecutor Hoon Chun. The two attempted murder counts stem from an incident where Mercado and his associates shot at two Marines who were in a car returning to Camp Pendleton. The Mercados eventually fled to the Philippines, the home of their parents. Marvin Mercado married the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate and used the name Mark de los Angeles. Pierre Mercado posed as his brother's cousin and used the alias Angel Reyes.


crackdown on violent SoCal street gang

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Federal agents and police targeting a violent street gang swept through a Southern California neighborhood Friday where earlier police killings sparked violent protests. Federal, state and local agents raided 54 locations in Anaheim and in Los Angeles County, arresting 33 people to cap a yearlong investigation of the East Side Anaheim gang, police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. Another 20 to 25 people already were in custody and several more were still being sought, he added. Some of the raids concentrated on a poor, mainly Latino neighborhood known as Anna Drive where there has been a recent rise in gang activity, authorities said. That is the neighborhood where police shot and killed Manuel Diaz, a reputed gang member who was unarmed, on July 21. The next night, police shot and killed suspected gang member Joel Acevedo after he reportedly shot at an officer. The killings prompted four days of violent demonstrations and a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit by Diaz's family. Mug shots of some reputed suspects were displayed at the news conference Friday. One was named Manuel Diaz but police declined to say whether he was the same Diaz who was shot. The raids were not related to the shootings and authorities even considered delaying them to avoid that appearance, police Chief John Welter said. "We didn't want to be seen as coming in now and arresting a bunch of community members and having people misunderstand or again spread rumors and false information about what we were doing," he said. "We need to regain some of the trust that has been lost as a result of some of these actions in the street by protesters," Welter said. The gang is suspected of drug-dealing and murder and those facing federal or state drug and weapons charges could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, authorities said. Televised reports showed a line of men, some shirtless, sitting on the curb with their hands bound behind their backs. During the yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Halo, authorities also seized 11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 40 guns, including assault-style rifles, sawed-off shotguns and a pistol believed used in a killing, authorities said. The investigation was prompted by the 2011 stabbing death of a 12-year-old member of a graffiti tagging crew that is considered a "feeder" for the street gang, Dunn said. Prosecutors say Juan Martinez was walking home from school when he was stabbed during a fight with a member of a rival tagging crew. Bryan Ocampo is charged with murder.
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street gang member killed

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42-year-old Laval man was fatally shot outside his apartment building early Saturday.  Laval police are investigating whether the homicide is linked to a fatal shooting early Friday evening in a busy parking lot outside Galeries d’Anjou.  A 37-year-old man was killed and another man was wounded in that attack. “We cannot confirm as of now but it is a possibility,” said Laval police constable Nathalie Lorrain, adding the force is in touch with its Montreal counterparts. In both shootings, police say the victims were known to police. A call came into 911 at about 2:20 a.m. reporting the sound of gunshots and a man lying on the ground in front of a building on Samson Blvd. in Laval, Lorrain said. The man was shot in the parking lot as he arrived home and managed to walk to the front of the building before collapsing. There were no eye-witnesses although a few people heard several gun shots, she said. The man was unconscious but still breathing when police arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead in hospital, Lorrain said. Police allege the victim was a street-gang member.


Prosecutors from Atlanta to Mexico City want a crack at the light-haired, green-eyed Texan who reputedly climbed the ranks of a major Mexican drug cartel

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Prosecutors from Atlanta to Mexico City want a crack at the light-haired, green-eyed Texan who reputedly climbed the ranks of a major Mexican drug cartel and directed soldiers in an endless drug war of beheadings and mass slaughters. Locked in one of Mexico's maximum-security prisons, Laredo-born Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal has something everyone now wants: secrets. "The United States continues to seek extradition of Mr. Valdez to face the existing charges here, and we would welcome the opportunity to bring him to court here," said John Horn, an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta. In just the last week, however, Valdez, 38, was implicated along with four retired and active high-ranking Mexican military officers, including three generals and a lieutenant colonel, accused of corruption and protecting cartel traffickers and their loads. If Valdez is the gangster authorities say he is, he knows plenty about drugs, cash and weapons moving across the border, as well as which law enforcement officers and political leaders may be on cartel payrolls. "He is in the middle of everything," said Mike Vigil, a retired chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Insane Clown Posse sues feds over 'gang' label

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Insane Clown Posse plans to file suit against the federal government for the FBI's labeling of Juggalos -- as fans of the group are known -- as a gang, the group announced Friday at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Illinois. Last fall, fans of the Detroit-made horror-rap duo turned up on the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment. The government report also cited street gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels and other gangs linked to homicides, drug trafficking and gun-running. "Many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence," the FBI report said. ICP's Violent J said Friday that the list affected the group's merchandise sales and caused police problems for some fans. "They're punishing fans for being Juggalos," he said. "This is the government's ways of telling us what you can listen to, what you can wear." Beasties sue Monster Mike (Mike D) Diamond, Adam (Ad-Rock) Horovitz and the estate of Adam (MCA) Yauch filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Corp. on Wednesday, accusing the energy drink company of improperly using music by their group, Beastie Boys. According to a report at www.eonline.com, the suit says that a video on the company's website that promotes its Ruckus in the Rockies event is "comprised substantially of excerpts from the Beastie Boys Sound Recordings and the Beastie Boys Musical Compositions totaling more than three minutes in duration." The suit also accuses the company of giving "consumers the impression that Beastie Boys permitted the use of their name and intellectual property, and participated in connection with Monster's promotion of its products and events." They are seeking unspecified damages.


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Vietnamese gang member was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for the 1995 execution-style slaying of a fellow gang member

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Vietnamese gang member was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for the 1995 execution-style slaying of a fellow gang member, prosecutors said. An Orange County jury convicted Anthony Paul Johnson, Jr., 36, of Westminster in April of counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, with sentencing enhancements for murder by lying in wait, committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang and murder to avoid arrest. Co-defendants Giang Thuy Nguyen, 36, of Fountain Valley; Tam Hung Nguyen, 36, of Riverside; and Truc Ngoc Tran, 35, of Santa Ana were each found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21 and all face life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the District Attorney's Office. On Feb. 24, 1995, Johnson, Giang Nguyen and fellow gang member Viet Nguyen robbed the Huntington Beach home of one of Viet Nguyen's high school classmates, prosecutors said, but Viet Nguyen fled the scene in the middle of the robbery because he thought the victim recognized him. Prosecutors said the other gang members plotted to kill Viet Nguyen for running away and to prevent him from implicating them if he were identified by the victim and arrested. Viet Nguyen was shot in the back of the head the next day while driving in Costa Mesa, after the other gang members persuaded him to take them to buy drugs, according to a statement released by the D.A.'s Office. To avoid retribution from their gang, prosecutors said the defendants lied and claimed Viet Nguyen was killed by a drug dealer in Costa Mesa. The case went cold until 2006, when the Costa Mesa Police Department began reinvestigating with the help of the District Attorney's Office. During sentencing Friday, an impact statement from the victim's father was read to the court. "Since the day we laid our son to rest, we have never stopped thinking about him, of his infectious smile," he wrote. "People tell us they hope we will be able to have some sense of closure. We don't know if we ever will. My other two sons and three daughters have lost their brother. How do you close an open wound in your heart?"


Gangster Disciple Street Gang Among Six Arrested in Carolane Homicide

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Jackson police violent crimes investigators, with the assistance of the department's gang unit, identified suspects in the Sunday morning beating death of Antwan Brooks, of Denmark. Investigators developed the case and determined there was a large crowd of people at an apartment in the 50 block of Carolane Drive. Brooks was initially jumped from behind by three to four men within the crowd and was taken to the ground. Another eight to 10 more men joined in on the beating. During the attack, they took turns hitting and kicking Brooks. One of the men removed Brooks' shorts and threw them on a nearby basketball goal. Brooks had a cell phone that was taken during the attack. On Thursday, police presented their investigative findings to District Attorney General Jerry Woodall and asked him to convene a special grand jury. The grand jury met Friday morning and returned indictments on multiple suspects for first degree murder and felony murder. Beginning Friday afternoon and working through the evening, the Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Gang Task Force executed arrest warrants on those indicted. The task force arrested Terrell Reid, 29; Jonique Merriweather, 30; James Roberson, 27; Michael Anthony Smith, 22; Frank Clement Massengill, 34; and Byron Purdy, 33, all of Jackson. All six men are being held at the Madison County Jail with no bond. A formal arraignment and bond setting will be held in Madison County Circuit Court on a day to be determined by the court. The task force is comprised of local, county, state and federal agents with primary emphasis on the 26th and 28th Judicial Districts comprised of Henderson, Chester, Madison, Gibson, Haywood and Crockett counties. They are attempting to arrest others involved. Some of the suspects identified and arrested in Brooks' murder are documented members of the Gangster Disciple Street Gang, a.k.a. GD's, a.k.a. G's.


Manuel Diaz was a confirmed member of the East Side Anaheim gang, which was targeted in a series of raids that ended with 33 arrests

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Manuel Diaz was a confirmed member of the East Side Anaheim gang, which was targeted in a series of raids that ended with 33 arrests, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.  Another 20 to 25 suspects already were in custody, he said. Diaz’s photograph was among those of suspects that were provided at a news conference. “He would have been arrested today,” Dunn said. Some 100 federal, state and local agents raided 54 locations in Anaheim and in Los Angeles County. Some of the raids concentrated on a poor, mainly Latino neighborhood known as Anna Drive where there has been a recent rise in gang activity and where the unarmed Diaz was killed on July 21. The next night, police shot and killed suspected gang member Joel Acevedo after he reportedly shot at an officer. The killings prompted four days of violent demonstrations and a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit by Diaz’s family. The raids were not connected to the shootings but protests delayed them, Police Chief John Welter said. “We didn’t want to be seen as coming in now and arresting a bunch of community members and having people misunderstand or again spread rumors and false information about what we were doing,” he said. “We need to regain some of the trust that has been lost as a result of some of these actions in the street by protesters,” Welter said. After the raids, police distributed fliers in English and Spanish that explained the yearlong investigation, which was dubbed Operation Halo because the city is home to the Angels baseball team. Some residents shook officers’ hands, Welter said. But others on Anna Drive told the Orange County Register (bit.ly/QVDtTg) that they felt the sweep was a retaliation against angry residents. “I just think this community is being targeted by the police because we’re speaking out,” said Ricardo Hurtado, 21. “This is all a cover-up,” he said. “It’s all show. They never expected this community to blow up like this.” The gang is suspected of drug dealing and murder and those facing federal or state drug and weapons charges could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of weapons charges and up to 40 years for drug charges, authorities said. Televised reports showed a line of men, some shirtless, sitting on the curb with their hands bound behind their backs. During the yearlong investigation, authorities seized 11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 40 guns, including assault-style rifles, sawed-off shotguns and a pistol believed used in a killing, authorities said. The investigation was prompted by the 2011 stabbing death of a 12-year-old member of a graffiti tagging crew that is considered a “feeder” for the street gang, Dunn said. Prosecutors say Juan Martinez was walking home from school when he was stabbed during a fight with a member of a rival tagging crew. Bryan Ocampo is charged with murder. Violent crime in Anaheim, home of Disneyland, jumped 10 percent last year and the number of murders nearly doubled, according to FBI crime statistics.


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