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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Police arrest alleged leader of street gang - El Paso Times

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Police arrest alleged leader of street gang - El Paso Times: "El Paso police have arrested the alleged leader of a Central El Paso street gang.
Police arrested Manuel Lopez Jr., 26, last week on suspicion of directing activities of certain criminal street gangs, according to a police complaint affidavit.
Lopez is accused of leading the Varrio San Juan gang, which has more than 20 members and is known for committing assaults, vandalism, criminal mischief and thefts, police said.
He remained in the El Paso County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of a $50,000 bond."


Dozens linked to motorcycle gangs arraigned | Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Dozens linked to motorcycle gangs arraigned | Richmond Times-Dispatch: "More than two dozen current and former motorcycle gang members, including the national head of the Outlaws, were arraigned in federal court yesterday on racketeering and other charges.
All 25 pleaded not guilty in a one-hour hearing before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who set a two-week trial to begin Oct. 20.
Twenty-three of the men were in custody and led into the courtroom in assorted jail uniforms, each in handcuffs attached to a waist chain and wearing ankle shackles. Some looked the image of tough, tattooed, long-haired bikers, while others were neatly groomed.
A 50-page, 12-count indictment this month accuses them of engaging in crimes including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling, weapons offenses and a civil-rights violation.
Two of the 27 originally indicted were not in court yesterday. Thomas 'Tomcat' Mayne, 59, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was shot to death June 15 when authorities tried to arrest him. Another, Michael 'Madman' Pedini, 39, is still being held by Maine authorities.
Most were Outlaws members, including Jack 'Milwaukee Jack' Rosga, 53, the gang's national president. A tall, heavyset man with graying hair and a beard, Rosga said his education ended in elementary school and that he has difficulty reading."


Game Tight Soldiers:Vancouver gang member arrested at suspected Penticton drug operation

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Vancouver gang member arrested at suspected Penticton drug operation: "Vancouver Police boasted they had 'cut the heart' out of a violent new street gang called the Game Tight Soldiers by arresting its leader and shipping him off to Ontario on Con-Air to face outstanding charges.
But earlier this week, Steven Philip King, 37, was arrested back in B.C. at a Penticton house where police said they found evidence of a drug operation.
King and his co-accused, 27-year-old Kerry James Ellis, made their first appearance in Penticton Provincial Court Tuesday.
Penticton RCMP said officers arrested King at a residence and Ellis a short distance away. Police found a baggie containing eight `spitballs' of crack cocaine with a total weight of 6.7 grams, two sets of digital scales, cash, cellphones, a quantity of unknown pills, and a laptop computer that had RCMP said was stolen in Edmonton.
Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said King has some ties in the Penticton area and is alleged to have been running a dial-a-dope operation.
'He has been back here for a bit,' Dellebuur said. 'He basically has got a bunch of little henchmen working for him.'
Dellebuur said many Penticton residents are not aware that 'big city gangs' are operating in the community and police want to get the word out.
He said there is quite a cocaine trade in the south Okanagan city."


Reputed Latin Kings gang members indicted

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Reputed Latin Kings gang members indicted: "Sisto 'Cisco' Bernal, 44; Jason 'Creeper' Ortiz, 27; Brandon 'Cheddar' Clay, 23; Jermaine 'J-Dub' Ellis, 20; Sauk Village resident Jose 'Speedy' Zambrano, 30; and Highland resident Alexander 'Pacman' Vargas, 33, are alleged to have conspired to participate in racketeering activity during the past seven years.
Ortiz and Clay also are charged with murder in the slayings of Latin Dragon gang members James 'Jim Bob' Walsh and Gonzalo 'Chalo' Diaz in Griffith three years ago, according to court documents."


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Reno teen sentenced to 12 to life in gang slaying - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

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Reno teen sentenced to 12 to life in gang slaying - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -: "17-year-old from Reno was has been sentenced to 12 years to life in Nevada prison for a drive-by gang slaying that authorities say he committed last August with his older brother at the wheel.
Antonio Cardenas apologized Monday to the family of 16-year-old Michael Vega, the teen killed when Cardenas opened the sliding door of a van and opened fire with an assault rifle into a group of rival gang members in a McDonald's restaurant parking lot.
Cardenas said he didn't know Vega, and only meant to scare the group."


Brothers shot dead as Dublin gang war erupts

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Brothers shot dead as Dublin gang war erupts: "TWO brothers were shot dead and a teenager seriously injured after they were hit by a hail of bullets in a double gangland execution last night.

Paul Corbally (35) and his brother Kenneth (32) were in a car in the Neilstown Road area of Clondalkin, west Dublin, just after 8pm when they were gunned down in cold blood.
Both brothers died at the scene. Gardai were trying to establish whether the injured teenager was in the car with the Corbally brothers or was a bystander. The teenager was hit in the arm. It is understood his injuries are not life threatening.
The brothers, who were well known to gardai, were originally from Drumfinn Avenue in Ballyfermot, Dublin.
Gardai were last night still trying to piece together the events leading up to the double killing."


Monday, 28 June 2010

Brother Of DJ Paul Of 3-6 Mafia Indicted For Alleged Murder & Drug Trafficking « Hip-Hop Wired

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Brother Of DJ Paul Of 3-6 Mafia Indicted For Alleged Murder & Drug Trafficking « Hip-Hop Wired: "half brother of Three Six Mafia member DJ Paul has been indicted for six murders and cocaine trafficking.
According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Paul's brother Craig Petties was responsible for distributing drugs throughout Tennesseee and the south and ran the operation from Queretaro, Mexico and has been on the run for 7 years now.
Petties operation has allegedly been operating since 1995. The Memphis Commercial Appeal says he was responsible for distributing hundreds of kilos of cocaine and marijuana.
Over $3 million has been seized by the FEDS, as well as 40 vehicles and over $600-thousand dollars. Petties faces over 50 counts in the indictment."


Three men wounded in Montebello shooting | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

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Three men wounded in Montebello shooting | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times: "Three men were wounded early Sunday in Montebello in what police believe was a gang-related shooting.
The men, ages 20, 26 and 45, were changing a car tire in the 3300 block of West Beverly Boulevard around 1:20 a.m. when a silver-colored vehicle carrying at least two men approached, Montebello Police Lt. Brad Keller said. Shots were fired from inside the vehicle, hitting all three men.
Two of the victims were taken to local hospitals, while the third was treated at the scene by paramedics and released. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening."


Saturday, 26 June 2010

Baltimore Crime Beat: Producer of Stop Snitching video sentenced - Baltimore, Maryland crime news, blogs and video - baltimoresun.com

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Baltimore Crime Beat: Producer of Stop Snitching video sentenced - Baltimore, Maryland crime news, blogs and video - baltimoresun.com: "Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced today the sentencings of two gang members, including the infamous Ronnie Thomas, known as Skinny Suge, the producer of the Stop Snitching videos (link goes to YouTube, video contains offensive language).
In the video, Thomas said, 'I can say what I want. F--- the police. F--- Patricia Jessamy. I can't go to jail for that. This is how I feel. What y'all getting me for? Freedom of speech?' What they got him for was racketeering conspiracy, and he got nearly the maximum sentence.
The video came to symbolize Baltimore's witness intimidation culture, and got NBA star and native Baltimorean Carmelo Anthony in hot water for a cameo. The player later apologized and said he didn't endorse its message."


The Black Urban Times: Dudus Coke Arraignment Set For 2:00 P.M. in Manhattan

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The Black Urban Times: Dudus Coke Arraignment Set For 2:00 P.M. in Manhattan: "The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York confirmed for the Black Urban Times today that former Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke will be arraigned at 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl Street Manhattan Federal Courthouse, room 24A before Judge Robert Patterson.

Coke's arraignment on weapons and narcotics charges follows a month-long islandwide manhunt by Jamaican officials that sparked a bloody street battle in the Jamaican neighborhood of Tivoli that left 76 people, mostly civilian, dead."


Boy, 14, arrested in gang-related killing | arrested, year, old - News - The Orange County Register

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Boy, 14, arrested in gang-related killing | arrested, year, old - News - The Orange County Register: "14-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of killing a 17-year-old boy who was shot just steps from his home, police said.The arrestee has not been identified because he is a minor and details of what led detectives to him have not been released, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
A photo of shooting victim Manuel Raul Orozco, 17, was left with candles and flowers where he died Tuesday evening after being gunned down near South Sullivan Street and Willits Street . Authorities are searching for two teenage boys on bicycles they believe were involved in the shooting., Manuel Raul Orozco, was shot to death about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of South Sullivan Street, near Willitts Street, Bertagna said.Orozco was shot once in the upper torso and was declared dead at the scene.Gang detectives are looking for another young man who was seen leaving the scene on a bicycle, Bertagna said.Orozco became the fourth homicide victim of gang violence in Santa Ana so far this year.Bertagna said Orozco did not have a criminal record.Less than three hours before Orozco was killed, a 16-year-old boy was shot five times during another gang-related attack. John Anthony Cervantes, 19, of Santa Ana was arrested Thursday in connection that shooting, Bertagna said."


Gang leader guilty: Sur-13 gang leader Ernesto Campos pleads guilty to racketeering, sentenced to 15 years in prison - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

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Gang leader guilty: Sur-13 gang leader Ernesto Campos pleads guilty to racketeering, sentenced to 15 years in prison - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com: "Ernesto Campos, 28, also pleaded guilty in Broward County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was regarded as the local head of Sur-13, a Latin gang notorious for terrorizing Palm Beach County neighborhoods with drive-by shootings, robberies and arson.
Campos, of Broward County, was arrested in 2007 along with 11 other alleged gang members on racketeering charges. Their indictments were the result of a statewide effort to curb gang violence in Palm Beach County.
Sur-13 has roots in Southern California and works with the Mexican Mafia prison gang, according to authorities.
In Palm Beach County, the group was known for terrorizing the Westgate neighborhood, a subdivision just north of the Palm Beach International Airport and south of Okeechobee Boulevard.
Of the 12 people arrested, eight have reached plea deals and four await trial, authorities said."


Gang member indicted on 2 murder charges

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Gang member indicted on 2 murder charges: "Hector Alvarenga Retana is accused of killing 20 year old Evelin Morales and 21 year old Marlon Enamorado-Gomez on July 13th 2008. They were both shot in the head outside Casa Tequila in Fairfield. He is also accused of another murder outside the Corinthian Lodge in Corryville.
Retana is currently being held in a North Carolina jail on a fourth murder charge and will likely face trial there before being extradited to Ohio.
Retana is facing aggravated murder charges that can get him the death penalty in the state of Ohio.
Retana is connected to the notoriously violent MS-13 gang that originated in South America and has spread through out the United States."


Pastor at Center of Jamaica Crime Controversy Charged | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

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Pastor at Center of Jamaica Crime Controversy Charged | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction: "Jamaican evangelical pastor who helped defuse a situation said to have claimed over 70 lives in the capital city of Kingston, has now been charged by police for his own actions in the conflict.
Some call Al Miller, pastor of Kingston's prominent Fellowship Tabernacle, a crime-fighting hero. Others are saying he went outside the law. And Jamaican authorities have accused him of standing in the way of justice.
When police arrested alleged Kingston drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke June 22, Miller was with him in the car—driving, according to one report from the Jamaica Observer. Coke wanted Miller's help getting to the U.S. embassy in Kingston, where he would 'feel more comfortable' turning himself over to authorities, Miller told the Jamaica Gleaner. According to the Observer, Miller has been charged with 'harbouring a fugitive and perverting the course of justice' after two days of questioning by Jamaican authorities."


Friday, 25 June 2010

Tree Top Piru Bloods: Hagerstown woman sentenced to 30 years in racketeering case

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Maryland: Hagerstown woman sentenced to 30 years in racketeering case: "Michelle Hebron, 25, of Hagerstown, admitted to being involved in the statewide racketeering conspiracy as a member of the Tree Top Piru Bloods, a branch of the Bloods street gang.
Murphy said part of the federal government’s racketeering case included a murder charge against Hebron.
Hebron was charged with the Oct. 5, 2007, shooting death of David Moore, 23, who was found lying at the base of a staircase in the first-floor hallway of an apartment building at 101 East Ave. in Hagerstown.
Murphy said federal prosecutors did not have to prove in court that Hebron murdered Moore because she confessed to committing the crime.
Prosecutors said that Hebron wrote a poem about the killing, saying she shot Moore because he was wearing the wrong gang colors.
According to a Justice Department press release, “Hebron was a member of the (Tree Top Piru Bloods) and regularly met with other TTP gang members to discuss, among other things, past acts of violence and other crimes committed by gang members against rival gang members and others ... (and) to plan and agree upon the commission of future crimes, including robberies, drug trafficking, and assaults, and the means to cover up these crimes; and to reinforce drug rules.”"


Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang. Byrd, 28, a prospective member, was killed

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Michael Dewayne Smith, 29, and Jim Flint McIntyre, 42, along with Frank Lavelle Urbish, Jr., 38, of Beaumont, are accused in the May 2008 death of Mark Davis Byrd.
Urbish, Smith and McIntyre are all members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang. Byrd, 28, a prospective member, was killed after gang leaders suspected him of stealing drugs that he was told to deliver to a customer on behalf of the gang, officials said.
Urbish, known as Thumper to other gang members, ordered Smith and McIntyre, known as Bucky and Q-Ball, to carry out the murder, officials said. Byrd's body was discovered May 4, 2008 in Atascosa County, south of San Antonio, federal officials said.
All three have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Smith and McIntyre also are accused of multiple weapons charges in connection with the slaying, officials said.
They are expected to appear July 7 before a federal magistrate in San Antonio and could face life in prison or the death penalty, officials said.


Dutch police say they have likely prevented a gangland execution by arresting six British men

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Dutch police say they have likely prevented a gangland execution by arresting six British men earlier this month.
Officers say they acted on a tip from British authorities to arrest the men, who are believed to be involved in a deadly war between two rival gangs from Liverpool.
The men, whose ages range from 37 to 65, were not identified. They were arrested in a series of operations in Amsterdam on June 10, police said in a statement. They were found carrying three automatic rifles, a revolver, a pistol, and a large amount of ammunition.
Two of the men remain under Dutch arrest.


Thursday, 24 June 2010

12 charged with crack trafficking near Philly - The York Daily Record

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12 charged with crack trafficking near Philly - The York Daily Record: "U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger (MEH'-meh-jur) says members of Darby Borough's Third Street gang dealt crack near schools and a day care center. Ten of the 12 are in custody.
The federal charges announced Thursday include conspiracy and distribution of crack from 2007 to this year.
In a related development, local and federal officials say about 40 people were arrested overnight during a sweep through Darby.
Police Chief Robert Smythe says some are connected to the Third Street gang. He says the rest face unrelated state charges pertaining to guns, drugs and other crimes."


Terry Adams, Britain’s most feared gangster, leaves jail

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Terry Adams, Britain’s most feared gangster, leaves jail: "Terry Adams, Britain’s most feared gangster, yesterday walked to freedom after serving just half of a seven-year sentence for money laundering.
In what could have been a scene from The Godfather, he was greeted by a glamorous brunette in black and two sidekicks.
Wearing an open-necked white shirt tucked into khaki trousers, Adams looked relaxed as the attractive young woman stepped out of a £60,000 black Range Rover wearing dark glasses, a black skirt and jacket and high heels.
She was joined by two powerfully built men in an £80,000 red Porsche Cayenne 4×4, who whisked the mobster away when he appeared in the car park at Spring Hill Open Prison near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire at breakfast-time.
Adams, 55, built up an estimated fortune of £200million through a vast racketeering and drug trafficking empire, which has been linked to 25 murders.
Potential witnesses have been too terrified to testify against the gangster but he was jailed for seven years in March 2007 for the relatively minor charge of money laundering."


Bloods Round Up Includes Founder of Gang Prevention Center - Nashville Public Radio

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Bloods Round Up Includes Founder of Gang Prevention Center - Nashville Public Radio: "Law enforcement officials have indicted two dozen suspected gang members as part of a multi-year investigation. The round up also includes the arrests of two leaders in a Nashville gang prevention program. The gang is thought to be a branch of the L.A.-based Bloods. U.S. District Attorney Jerry Martin says members have been indicted for racketeering and drug conspiracy.
“We believe the individuals named in this indictment are responsible for multiple attempted murder conspiracies, and numerous violent crimes in the Nashville area.”
Metro Police officials say the arrests may explain four murder cases that had gone cold.
The indictment paints a picture of young men selling drugs, planning murders, committing drive-by shootings and retaliating against rival gangs"


Shooting linked to gangs, drugs, crime

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Shooting linked to gangs, drugs, crime: "man shot and killed outside a Coquitlam Superstore last week has been identified by police as Milad Saffari.
The 27-year-old Coquitlam man was known to police for his involvement in criminal behaviour, said Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr.
'We're of the belief it's targeted and we're of the belief that it has something to do with gangs, drugs, organized crime,' Carr said.
The shooting occurred on Wednesday, June 2 around 9:45 p.m. in the Superstore parking lot located off Lougheed Highway between Westwood Street and Christmas Way. Several bullets hit Saffari, who was sitting in a black Mercedes."


Abdul Griggs, a Bloods gang member, found guilty of Elizabeth murder | State | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.

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Abdul Griggs, a Bloods gang member, found guilty of Elizabeth murder | State | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.: "Jury found a verified member of the Bloods Street Gang guilty of Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
According to the investigation Abdul Batin Griggs, 37, of Elizabeth shot the victim, John Zepherin, twice in the back on August 3, 2006. The Crime occurred outside of Oakwood Housing Complex in Elizabeth at just before 11:00 a.m., said Assistant Prosecutor Michael Henn, who prosecuted the case. The victim died on August 8, 2006 from his injuries.
Griggs was arrested a short time later and while in jail awaiting the homicide trial, he was convicted of Bribery and Conspiracy to commit Bribery. That case was handled by Assistant Prosecutor William Kolano of the Special Prosecutions Unit."


3 gang members admit guilt in Asbury Park deaths | APP.com | Asbury Park Press

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3 gang members admit guilt in Asbury Park deaths | APP.com | Asbury Park Press: "member of the Bloods street gang man admitted he fatally shot a 66-year-old Asbury Park man inside his home, while two of the defendant's fellow gang members pleaded guilty to charges connected to the death of a Vietnam War veteran who was killed by a stray bullet.


Shamar Johnson, 21, Benjamin Fortune, 24, and Kysheem Redding, 25, all of Asbury Park, entered their guilty pleas Tuesday before state Superior Court Judge Ira E. Kreizman.
'This office is committed to continuing its strong efforts to stop violent criminal enterprises from operating within Monmouth County,' Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin said.
The three men were indicted with three others last year on racketeering and other charges after authorities said they uncovered a scheme by members of the Double ii set of the Bloods to dominate rival gang members and instill a sense of fear in the community."


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

2 Centralia men sentenced for crack cocaine offenses - Benton, IL - Benton Evening News

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2 Centralia men sentenced for crack cocaine offenses - Benton, IL - Benton Evening News: "Walter G. Sanders Jr., 30, and Eric S. Moore II, 22, both of Centralia, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Benton.

Sanders was sentenced to 300 months (25 years) imprisonment, a $1,000 fine and 10 years of supervised release. Moore was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) imprisonment, a $600 fine and 5 years of supervised release.

Sanders and Moore had previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts in a federal indictment. Both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, crack cocaine. The amount of crack cocaine involved in the conspiracy was more than 50 grams.

In addition, Sanders had pleaded guilty to three counts and Moore had pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine."


Violent gang leader in Canada deported to Lanka

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Violent gang leader in Canada deported to Lanka: "Sittampalam Jothiravi, leader of the A.K. Kannan, a violent Tamil street gang, was removed from Canada under escort by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers.
Mr. Sittampalam was convicted of trafficking in narcotics in 1997 and reported for serious criminality under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In 2001, Mr. Sittampalam was arrested as part of Project 1050, a joint CBSA / Toronto Police Service initiative to address street and gang-related violence. He was charged and convicted of a variety of gang-related offences.
'We welcome the news that this violent gang leader has been removed from Canada. Canada will not be a safe haven for those who threaten the safety and security of our country and Canadians. Our government remains steadfast in our commitment to removing violent criminals,' said Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.
Minister Kenney added: 'The removal of inadmissible individuals, particularly violent foreign criminals such as Mr. Sittampalam, is key to maintaining the integrity of Canada's immigration system and to protecting those who live in this country lawfully. I applaud the work done by CBSA officials that ultimately resulted in Mr. Sittampalam's removal,” the statement added."


Violent gang leader in Canada deported to Lanka

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Violent gang leader in Canada deported to Lanka: "Sittampalam Jothiravi, leader of the A.K. Kannan, a violent Tamil street gang, was removed from Canada under escort by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers.
Mr. Sittampalam was convicted of trafficking in narcotics in 1997 and reported for serious criminality under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In 2001, Mr. Sittampalam was arrested as part of Project 1050, a joint CBSA / Toronto Police Service initiative to address street and gang-related violence. He was charged and convicted of a variety of gang-related offences.
'We welcome the news that this violent gang leader has been removed from Canada. Canada will not be a safe haven for those who threaten the safety and security of our country and Canadians. Our government remains steadfast in our commitment to removing violent criminals,' said Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.
Minister Kenney added: 'The removal of inadmissible individuals, particularly violent foreign criminals such as Mr. Sittampalam, is key to maintaining the integrity of Canada's immigration system and to protecting those who live in this country lawfully. I applaud the work done by CBSA officials that ultimately resulted in Mr. Sittampalam's removal,” the statement added."


CBC News - Montreal - 17 arrested in Quebec drug bust

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CBC News - Montreal - 17 arrested in Quebec drug bust: "Montreal police say they have arrested 17 people in connection with a series of raids targeting a drug ring on Tuesday.
Though the ring was operating primarily in Montreal's South-West borough, investigators raided 18 homes and 14 cars on the island of Montreal and its north and south shores.
A search warrant was also executed as far away as Moffet, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
The suspects were selling cocaine and marijuana, said Montreal police Const. Yannick Ouimet.
'We are talking about a link to the Hells Angels here,'"


Abbotsford police release name of man stopped with $1 million in cocaine

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Abbotsford police release name of man stopped with $1 million in cocaine: "Marc Edward Johnson, 28, has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking.
'The connections between Johnson and a Lower Mainland gang have been identified by police but the name of that group will not be released at this time to protect the integrity of other current investigations,' Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald said.
Johnson was pulled over on Highway 1 near Whatcom Road about 2:45 p.m. by Abbotsford's gang suppression unit, with the help of the drug and dog squads and the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team.
MacDonald said a search of the vehicle turned up about 20 kilos of cocaine with a street value of over a million.
The volume of cocaine suggests a mid-size to large crime group would have been involved in the transaction.
Johnson has no criminal record and is not known to police."


Jamaican gang boss arrested on way to American embassy | World news | The Guardian

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Jamaican gang boss arrested on way to American embassy | World news | The Guardian: "Jamaican police have captured the once powerful gang leader, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, as he was on his way to surrender to the US embassy in Kingston weeks after leading a bloody urban battle to avoid deportation for trial to New York.
Coke appears to have wanted to hand himself in to the Americans out of concern for his safety after his father died in a mysterious prison cell fire that some Jamaicans believe was intended to prevent him talking in court about the close links between the island's criminal gangs and leading politicians.
The authorities declared a curfew in large parts of Kingston after warning that further violence by Coke's powerful Shower Posse gang was 'expected imminently' following their leader's arrest.
Last night, Coke, 42, who was described as the 'don of criminal dons' and until recently widely regarded as the most powerful man in Jamaica, was being held in a police station near Kingston that was heavily fortified by police guards."


captured Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, 42, an alleged trafficker in guns and drugs who is also wanted in the United States

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Bellingham, Whatcom County Life, Travel, Books | Bellingham Herald: "Ending a monthlong search that has cost 76 people their lives, Jamaican authorities on Tuesday captured Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, 42, an alleged trafficker in guns and drugs who is also wanted in the United States.
Acting on a tip, police captured Coke in St. Catherine parish on the outskirts of Kingston. He was dressed like a woman and wearing a wig, police said.
Coke was in the company of the Rev. Al Miller, who earlier had mediated the surrender of Coke's brother, Leighton, to police. Coke was on his way to surrender at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston when he was stopped at a police checkpoint, Miller told a Reuters reporter."


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Alleged MS-13 gang member arraigned - San Jose Mercury News

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Alleged MS-13 gang member arraigned - San Jose Mercury News: "alleged high-ranking Salvadoran gang member arrested recently in Santa Cruz pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he had entered the country illegally, federal officials said.
Jose Abrego-Galdamez, 30, faces a maximum two-year prison term.
Abrego-Galdamez has been deported from the United States three times in the past eight years, most recently in 2005. The case affidavit states that Abrego-Galdamez told officers he was initiated into MS-13 while in El Salvador and has the letters 'M' and 'S' tattooed on his right and left shoulder.
He was arrested May 28, in the first such local arrest after Santa Cruz police launched a partnership with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement gang unit. Abrego-Galdamez has a county arrest record for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
A trial date has not been set."


CBC News - British Columbia - 20 kg cocaine seized on B.C. highway

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CBC News - British Columbia - 20 kg cocaine seized on B.C. highway: "Abbotsford police say they seized 20 kilograms of cocaine after pulling over a vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway.

View Larger Map At about 2:45 p.m. PT on Monday, the Abbotsford police department's gang unit, with the assistance of several other officers, conducted a vehicle stop on the highway near Whatcom Road, Const. Ian MacDonald said in a release.
A 28-year-old Abbotsford man was arrested and a search of the vehicle turned up the cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $1 million, MacDonald said.
The bust was a product of the close monitoring of gangs in the city, said MacDonald."


Lawyer considers appeal of bail refusal for reputed gangster | Calgary & Alberta | News | Calgary Sun

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Lawyer considers appeal of bail refusal for reputed gangster | Calgary & Alberta | News | Calgary Sun: "lawyer for alleged gangster and convicted killer Vuthy Kong will consider an appeal of a judge’s decision Monday to keep him behind bars pending trial.
Defence counsel David Andrews said he will assess provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham’s ruling before deciding his next move.
“I’m reviewing, carefully, the judge’s decision and considering our options,” Andrews said, following Fradsham’s decision to deny Kong bail.
Fradsham agreed with Crown prosecutor Scott Couper that based on Kong’s history, he was a likely candidate to reoffend if released.
Andrews had proposed the judge allow Kong out pending trial on drug-related charges.
Kong was arrested last week after police allegedly saw a man making drug deliveries.
A subsequent search of a vehicle and a Radcliffe Cl. S.E. home found crack cocaine, Oxycontin pills, cannabis and ecstasy,
Kong was responsible for a 2002 slaying that was followed by more than two dozen gang-related killings which have been blamed on rivalry between two high-profile groups."


Gang member sentenced in Project Divide | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

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Gang member sentenced in Project Divide | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun: "Raymond Bruce Brown, a former president of the Zig-Zag Crew street gang, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking marijuana but not guilty to conspiracy to participate in a criminal organization and conspiracy to launder proceeds of crime.
Brown, 44, stood trial on the conspiracy charges. Justice Glenn Joyal heard no witnesses.
'The accused is accepting the facts as laid out by the Crown.. and is not calling any evidence,' defence lawyer Neil Kravetsky told Joyal. 'I have been instructed not to make any submissions to you. (Brown) understands the consequences of his actions.'
Joyal said the evidence against Brown was overwhelming, and found him guilty of conspiring to recruit new members to the Zig-Zag Crew and conspiring to launder drug money on behalf of the Hells Angels."


Monday, 21 June 2010

Queens man known as 'Big Mo' shot dead by high-powered gun in front of mother's house

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Queens man known as 'Big Mo' shot dead by high-powered gun in front of mother's house: "Queens dad known on the street as 'Big Mo' was gunned down in front of his mother's house early Monday, with what appeared to be a high-powered gun.
At least 25 shell casings were found across the roadway in front of the spot on 118th Ave., where the 33-year-old victim was killed.
'I knew it was a high-powered weapon by the way it sounded,' said Aston Smith, 50, who lives around the corner from the crime scene on 118th Ave. 'It was like buh-buh-buh-buh-buh. Like at least 20, maybe 30 shots from an automatic.'
Smith said he looked at his clock at it was exactly 4:24 a.m.
'They were so loud,' he said of the shots. 'After that I heard a woman screaming at the top of her lungs.'"


AFP: 14 dead after El Salvador gangs attack buses: police

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AFP: 14 dead after El Salvador gangs attack buses: police: "Fourteen people were killed after suspected Mara 18 gang members attacked two buses in El Salvador, police officials said.
In the first attack on the outskirts of San Salvador, arsonists thought to be Mara 18 members set fire to a minibus, killing 11 passengers, Roberto Villalobos, a top commissioner with the national civil police, told AFP.
In the second incident, suspected Mara 18 members boarded a public bus in the same area and opened fire on its passengers, killing an adult and two girls, aged seven and nine.
'There are no clear motives' for the incidents, Villalobos said, adding: 'It seems that the gang wanted to prove something to authorities, for the actions being taken against gangs and crime"


Saturday, 19 June 2010

Jamaican gang linked to Toronto crime

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Jamaican gang linked to Toronto crime: "men from the Shower Posse, which originated in the western Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, and members of other gangs were held in a sweep that involved 1,000 officers who conducted 105 simultaneous searches in the Greater Toronto Area and as far as Ottawa.
A spike in violence in the city’s northwest had prompted a police investigation, dubbed Project Corral, which began in August last year and led to this week’s arrests.
“The investigation identified members of the Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals. They allegedly trafficked in cocaine and marijuana at street level and were responsible for firearms trafficking and possession of firearms between various gang members. As a result of the investigation into the Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals, it emerged that members of the Shower Posse were allegedly controlling gangs within Toronto,” said a statement from the Toronto Police Service.
“The investigation showed the Shower Posse was allegedly responsible for a significant part of the drug trade, not only in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, but as far north as Sault Ste. Marie, west to Windsor and east to Ottawa.”"


Gang Members Convicted For Elizabeth Robbery Spree | njtoday.net – Everything New Jersey

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Gang Members Convicted For Elizabeth Robbery Spree | njtoday.net – Everything New Jersey: "Two members of the Crips street gang were found guilty on Thursday afternoon on 16 counts of first degree armed robbery and 16 counts of weapons offenses stemming from an hour-long crime spree that victimized nearly a dozen people throughout Elizabeth, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Jacquan LeeTony Canty, 29, and Jacquan Lee, 22, each face up to life in prison when they are sentenced on Sept. 2, said Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon, who prosecuted the month-long case"


Federal grand jury indicts 6 more alleged members of Dump Squad gang - dailypress.com

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Federal grand jury indicts 6 more alleged members of Dump Squad gang - dailypress.com: "federal grand jury has indicted six more men on charges related to the Newport News gang known as the Dump Squad, including one who could face the death penalty on a murder charge.
In an indictment handed down Wednesday and unsealed Friday, 25-year-old Perry Cousins was charged with murder in aid of racketeering activity, as well as several other gang-related charges. He was one of six Newport News residents named in the indictment involving the gang that federal prosecutors say operated in the Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court areas of Newport News.
Cousins was the only suspect charged with murder. The other five face multiple gang-related charges involving drugs, robbery, assault and racketeering. They are Darryl Vaughn, 22; Kevin Vaughn, 23; Jayson Bryan, 20; Monquay Williams, 20; and Haywood Lockhart, 22. Lockhart's charges are drug-related. The other five face racketeering conspiracy charges."


Suspected Oakland gang member arrested for Berkeley shooting - San Jose Mercury News

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Suspected Oakland gang member arrested for Berkeley shooting - San Jose Mercury News: "Doran Williams Jr., 27, a suspected gang member, was arrested by Oakland police after a brief foot chase in Oakland, said Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.
Oakland police had followed him from a Richmond motel to Oakland where he stopped his car and ran, she said.
Police said the shooting of a 39-year-old man and 57-year-old woman who were sitting inside their car in the 1700 block of 63rd Street in Berkeley was the culmination of a 'pre-existing dispute.'
The pair remain hospitalized.
'The motive for the shootings and whether this is part of an ongoing Oakland/Berkeley border feud is still being investigated,' Kusmiss said in a statement"


Leader of Texas Prison/Street Gang Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison for Firearms Conviction -- WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

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Leader of Texas Prison/Street Gang Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison for Firearms Conviction -- WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --: "Steven Walter Cooke, 47, a reputed high ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) prison/street gang and a previously convicted felon, has been sentenced to prison for possessing firearms, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer for the Department of Justice Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Jose Angel Moreno announced today."


Friday, 18 June 2010

Calgary gang member, convicted killer charged in drug bust

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Calgary gang member, convicted killer charged in drug bust: "convicted killer with long ties to a Calgary gang has been charged with several drug-related offences.
Investigators targeting street-level drug dealing in Albert Park and Radisson Heights arrested Vuthy Kong early Wednesday evening during a traffic stop in neighbouring Forest Lawn.
Officers checked Kong's vehicle and subsequently searched his home on Radcliffe Close S.E. early Thursday.
Police said they found ecstasy, marijuana, marijuana oil and small amounts of the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone.
The investigation began after Alberta Sheriffs shut down a drug house in the 2000 block of 38th Street S.E. last month and passed along information about Kong to Calgary police.
'He was one of the people dropping off drugs at that residence,' Calgary police Sgt. Mark Hatchette said.
Police then targeted Kong, said Hatchette, and allegedly saw him supplying narcotics to other drug houses in the area.
Police said they found 44 grams of hash oil and 20 grams of ecstasy packed in a small container in Kong's home.
They believe the container's intended use was to smuggle drugs into a jail -- usually done by hiding it in a body cavity."


Two alleged Crips gang members are convicted of Elizabeth armed robbery spree | NJ.com

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Two alleged Crips gang members are convicted of Elizabeth armed robbery spree | NJ.com: "Two alleged members of the Crips Street gang were found guilty today of an hour-long robbery spree, in which they drove through the streets of Elizabeth and held up nearly a dozen pedestrians with a pair of loaded, sawed-off shotguns.
Tony Canty, 29, and Jacquan Lee, 22, each face up to life in prison for the 2007 crimes when sentenced on September 2, according to Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon.

Share It took a jury in Superior Court in Elizabeth two days of deliberation to find both men guilty on 16 counts of armed robbery and 16 counts of weapons offenses, following a month-long trial before Judge Miriam Span.
Authorities said it was in the early morning hours of July 30, 2007 that the two men, along with a third, unknown man, cruised the city’s streets in a car driven by Lee’s girlfriend, in search of easy targets.
They made at least three stops, jumping out of the car to confront groups gathered on street corners, stoops and outside bars. The men surrounded the victims and ordered them to empty their wallets and turn over other valuables, including cell phones and iPods.
The youngest victim was 14 years old and the oldest was 21, the assistant prosecutor said."


The Police News

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The Police News: "arrested 26 year old Anthony Ramon Thomas for possession of over one kilo of cocaine.
Thomas was arrested at the Shell Gas Station/Store at 931 S. Frazier St. in Conroe as the result of a cooperative investigation between the two agencies.
Thomas, reported to be a Gangster Disciples gang member, was apprehended carrying a duffle bag containing 2 lbs. 10 oz. of powdered cocaine.
Thomas, who shows residence addresses in Beaumont, Texas and Lansing, Michigan, was also found to have an outstanding warrant from Cook County, Illinois for Probation Violation from an original charge of Possession of Marihuana (over 30 grams).
Thomas was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail set by Judge Cara Wood."


Lil Boosie Indicted on Murder & Drug Smuggling, May Face Death Penalty | Vlad TV Blog

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Lil Boosie Indicted on Murder & Drug Smuggling, May Face Death Penalty | Vlad TV Blog: "Torrance Hatch aka Lil Boosie has now been officially indicted on first degree murder and drug smuggling.

Boosie is being charged with the October 2009 shooting murder of Terry Boyd. Prosecutors believe that Boosie was also responsible for at least 5 other murders. Six other men are also being charged with these crimes.

To make matters worse, Boosie has also been charged for conspiring to with his girlfriend, another inmate and a former correctional officer for trying to smuggle synthetic marijuana and codeine pills into the prison.

Lil Boosie is currently in prison serving 4 years for a parole violation."


Search continues in gang-related shootings » Redding Record Searchlight

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Search continues in gang-related shootings » Redding Record Searchlight: "Wanted are:
n Justin Leslie Plympton, 21, and Daniel Pantoja, 18, with $100,000 warrants out for their arrest for their suspected involvement in a beating and drive-by shooting June 6 in the Enterprise area.
n Dylan Nathaniel Lane, 21, with a $500,000 warrant out for his arrest for allegedly recklessly firing a handgun and illegal possession of a loaded gun in public. Lane was the passenger in an SUV driven by Janet Funderburk, 20, of Redding, who was shot in the back and severely injured as she drove June 9 on East Cypress Avenue.
n An unnamed man, described as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, with a slight amount of hair on his chin, wanted for his role in a kidnap and attempted murder of Adam M. Santoya, 18, of Redding, early Monday morning in West Redding.
Police did make one arrest this week in what they say is a string of possibly connected, gang-related shootings.
Jacinto Jose Valdovino, 28, of Redding, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping and being a member of a criminal street gang."


40 Charged in Investigation Targeting Drug Dealing in Violent Newark Neighborhoods « Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

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40 Charged in Investigation Targeting Drug Dealing in Violent Newark Neighborhoods « Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney: "network that was distributing heroin and cocaine in two sections of Newark: the Fabyan Avenue area and the “Chadwick Corridor” including Avon and Chadwick Avenues. The Chadwick Corridor has been identified by the Newark Police Department as one of the most violent districts in the city. Among those arrested are two Newark men alleged to be leaders of the network: Ameer Thompson, 28, and Cardeia “Fatboy” Harrell, 33. The investigation also resulted in charges against a cook employed at Northern State Prison, Elijah Harris, 35, of Newark, and an inmate, Norman Willie Wade, 45, who allegedly were smuggling drugs and cell phones into the prison to sell to inmates.
“We have arrested the alleged leaders and numerous other members of a drug network linked to the Bloods, which used guns to control its turf in two particularly violent sections of Newark,”"


Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lynch Mob street gang member remains on the run | Washington Examiner

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Lynch Mob street gang member remains on the run | Washington Examiner: "Dewayne Albert Jackson, a 37-year-old who ran with the Lynch Mob crew, is wanted in Maryland for violating his parole for a 2004 assault conviction. This is the second time Jackson has violated his parole in the past two years, marshals said. 'Jackson continues to play by his own rules, which ends up putting innocent people in harm's way. We are asking the community's help in getting him off the streets,' said Rob Fernandez,"


8 charged in Cabrini-Green drug-trafficking investigation - Chicago Breaking News

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8 charged in Cabrini-Green drug-trafficking investigation - Chicago Breaking News: "Eight known or suspected members of the Gangster Disciples street gang were arrested early Tuesday during a nearly three-year investigation into drug trafficking in and around the Cabrini-Green housing project on Chicago's Near North Side.
Four of the defendants were charged in federal criminal complaints with violating federal drug laws: Ernest Banks, 36, of the 1200 block of North Bosworth Avenue; Baaque Johnson, 34, of the 2100 block of West Madison Street; Ernie Robinson, 38, of the 10600 block of South Perry Avenue and Levale Vann, 30, of the 1100 block of West Erie Street.
They were accused of being involved in the distribution of crack cocaine since at least November 2007.
Four other were charged with violating state firearms laws: Tavares Gunn, 19, of the 1200 block of North Burling Street; Jarod Jarrett, 23, of the 1600 block of North Vine Street; Corey Smith, 36, of the 1500 block of North Linder Avenue; and Ellis Woodland, 36, of the 500 block of North Pine Avenue.
The investigation, dubbed 'Operation Badlands,' was part of a coordinated effort by local, state and federal authorities to identify and dismantle the many highly organized drug trafficking organizations operating in and around the Chicago area."


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Film makers charge £2k to appear in film about life of notorious Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris - The Daily Record

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Film makers charge £2k to appear in film about life of notorious Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris - The Daily Record: "MAKERS of a movie about gangster Paul Ferris are offering investors the chance to appear in the film - for £2000.
Fans can buy shares in the £2million biopic The Wee Man, which charts the early life of the notorious Glasgow gangland enforcer.
A minimum of £2000 will guarantee access to the set, private screenings and the film's premiere.
And they could even appear as extras alongside leading cast members.
Hollywood actor James McAvoy is said to be among the preferred choices to play the young Ferris.
The film follows Ferris's rise from Glasgow's tough Blackhill estate to become one of the city's most feared gangsters.
The script is based on his 2001 book The Ferris Conspiracy, which gives his account of the murders of Bobby Glover and Joe 'Bananas' Hanlon, one of Scotland's most infamous underworld hits."


Second arrest made in October stabbing death of Santa Cruz teen - San Jose Mercury News

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Second arrest made in October stabbing death of Santa Cruz teen - San Jose Mercury News: "second gang member suspected in the fatal stabbing of a Santa Cruz High School student was arrested Tuesday.
Pasqual Reyes, 21, of Live Oak, who was already in jail, will face charges after forensic evidence tied him to the Oct. 16 gang-related clash on Laurel Street that killed Tyler Tenorio, Santa Cruz police said.
The fight stemmed from a shouting match between one of Tenorio's friends, who was in a car with Tenorio and two others, and two gang members on the corner of Laurel and Chestnut streets around 10 p.m. Oct. 16, according to police.
Tenorio and his friend stopped the car, got out and walked back down the sidewalk to confront the two gang members, but about six more men appeared to back up the gangsters, police said. Tenorio and his friends tried to flee, but the teen fell to the ground, where he was attacked, police have said.
Tenorio suffered 16 stab wounds. He died on the street, according to police."


Gang slaying suspects make court appearance - San Jose Mercury News

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Gang slaying suspects make court appearance - San Jose Mercury News: "Judge Michael Barton appointed attorneys to represent Jose Meza, 18, and Joel Sanchez, 30. Both face charges of murder and gang participation, as well as allegations they used guns.
Meza and Sanchez are accused of walking up to Richard Campos, 21, the night of Sept. 15 and firing five to 10 shots. Campos, whose mother said he was a gang wannabee, was hit twice in the torso and died at the scene, near Roache Road and Carey Avenue.
Police have characterized the killing as a gang training, where an older gangster -- in this case, Sanchez -- takes a younger gang member along to show them how to commit crimes. Meza was 17 at the time of the shooting. Both of Sanchez and Meza had guns and fired shots, though investigators have not said whose bullets caused Campos' mortal wounds.
Meza and Sanchez were arrested Friday. The case had languished for months, but detectives developed information in the homicide during the Watsonville Police Department's year-long probe into a violent Sureno street gang in the city. Meza and Sanchez allegedly are members of that gang. 'Operation Groundhog' culminated in May with more than 40 arrests, mostly gang members jailed for gun or drug crimes."


NJ Man Convicted Of 2 Gang Slayings - cbs3.com

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NJ Man Convicted Of 2 Gang Slayings - cbs3.com: "Edariel 'Riddicc' Melendez faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in August.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old participated in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Elijah Henderson as the teenager rode a bicycle in 2007 in Elizabeth.

Two days later, prosecutors say Melendez also participated in the slaying of 54-year-old Celso Pedra.

Authorities say they believe the deaths were a result of mistaken identity. Officials say Melendez was seeking retaliation against rival gang members for the murder of Rehashed Thomas.

Thomas was a member of the Crips known as 'Twin.' He was killed at Ella's Lounge in Elizabeth on Nov. 11, 2007."


Feds hit biker gang leaders in 7 states - CNN.com

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Feds hit biker gang leaders in 7 states - CNN.com: "two dozen leaders of the American Outlaws Association motorcycle gang have been arrested and one was killed in a shootout during a wide-ranging roundup by federal authorities Tuesday.
A federal grand jury in Virginia has indicted 27 members of the gang on charges that included attempted murder, kidnapping and assault, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. Outlaws National President Jack Rosga and 26 others are named in a 12-count indictment that also lists robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, drug dealing, illegal gambling and weapons violations.
One member of the motorcycle gang was killed in a shootout in Old Orchard, Maine, as authorities tried to execute an arrest warrant relating to the indictment, said Mike Campbell, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Campbell said members of an ATF Special Response Team pulled up to a house in Old Orchard to arrest Thomas Mayne and Kenneth Chretien when shots were fired at them from the house. ATF agents returned fire, killing one person, Campbell said.
Authorities did not release the name of the victim, but said that Chretien was taken into custody."


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Gangster Domenyk Noonan in rape arrest - Manchester Evening News

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Gangster Domenyk Noonan in rape arrest - Manchester Evening News: "Gangster Domenyk Noonan has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is accused of carrying out a sex attack on a woman in a Stockport hotel room after celebrating his 46th birthday on Sunday.
Noonan was arrested shortly after 6am on Monday at the two-star Saxon Holme Hotel on Wellington Road North.
He was being questioned by police last night. Noonan strongly denies the accusation. The woman who made the allegation has yet to give detectives a full statement.
A police spokesman said: 'Shortly before 6am on Monday, June 14, police were called following a report a woman had been raped in Stockport.
'A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is in police custody for questioning. Inquiries are ongoing.'"


Cops: Yonkers slaying gang-related | LoHud.com | The Journal News

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Cops: Yonkers slaying gang-related | LoHud.com | The Journal News: "23-year-old Yonkers construction laborer brazenly stabbed to death in the busy New Main Street business district May 17 was a victim of gang rivalry, city police said Monday.City Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett said there was a 'gang nexis' to the murder of German Medina-Vazquez, as he announced the arrests of three city men in the homicide.Defendants Edgar N. Marin, 19, of 15 Normandy Road, Axel Vazquez, 17, of 50 Hawthorne Ave. and Jorge Calixto, 20, of 103 Palisade Ave. are members of the Vatos Locos Mexican street gang, Yonkers detectives said at a news conference at police headquarters.The victim was a member of a rival Mexican street gang, Tulocos or TLC, detectives said."


Man who shot at gang rival across busy Southeast Portland street will do 3 years in prison | OregonLive.com

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Man who shot at gang rival across busy Southeast Portland street will do 3 years in prison | OregonLive.com: "Anthony Dwain Bell was arrested after shooting at least six bullets near Southeast 92nd and Holgate Street -- close to Lents Park -- in January 2009. No one was hit, but a round shattered the window of a passing SUV, and a mother of two reported pushing her children to the ground. Two auto mechanics chased Bell, who reportedly turned around and fired at one of the men to get him to stop."


Watsonville police: September slaying was gang training - San Jose Mercury News

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Watsonville police: September slaying was gang training - San Jose Mercury News: "fatal shooting of a gang wannabe last fall was a training for younger gang members, Watsonville police said Monday.
Two suspected Sureno gang members were arrested Friday for their alleged roles in the killing of Richard Campos, 21, near Roache Road and Carey Avenue the night of Sept. 15.
Joel Sanchez, 30, and Jose Meza, 18, both of Watsonville are due in court Tuesday morning to face charges of murder and gang participation, crimes that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives if they are convicted.
The two are accused of gunning down Campos because they thought he belonged to a rival gang. Campos had gang-related tattoos on his face, was cleaning out his red car and wearing gang-affiliated clothing the night he was killed, police have said.
Meza, who was 17 at the time, and Sanchez were dropped off near Campos's car, walked up to him and opened fire, according to Sgt. Saul Gonzalez."


Reputed Oak Park gang member murdered on West Side :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Oak Park Leaves

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Reputed Oak Park gang member murdered on West Side :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Oak Park Leaves: "Oak Park man with a previous murder conviction and gang affiliation was found shot to death in the East Garfield Park neighborhood Sunday night.
Michael Stanciel, 30, of the 400 block of Wesley Avenue, was found unresponsive, suffering multiple gunshot wounds at about 11 p.m. He was lying on a sidewalk on the 600 block of North Homan Avenue, police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.
Stanciel was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m. at Stroger Hospital, according to a medical examiner's office spokesperson.
'It's an ongoing homicide investigation,' said Kubiak, who said Stanciel was a member of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang."


Mexican gang was ‘hunting’ Texas officer(video) | Pitts Report

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Mexican gang was ‘hunting’ Texas officer(video) | Pitts Report: "former Barrio Azteca gang member from El Paso suspected of being involved in the killing of three people tied to the U.S Consulate in Juarez claimed the target of the attack was a detention officer who mistreated gang members at the El Paso County Jail.
Mexican authorities on Tuesday accused Ricardo “Chino” Valles de la Rosa, 45, of being a lookout for gunmen who carried out the hit. Valles was arrested Friday by the Mexican army in Juarez and remains in custody in Mexico.
Valles alleged during his detention hearing that a gang leader ordered the hit on Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County sheriff’s detention officer, because Redelfs mistreated fellow gang members at the jail. Valles had another hearing Tuesday before a judge, also in Juarez.
The Barrio Azteca is a brother gang of the Juarez Aztecas gang, and both are aligned with the Carrillo-Fuentes cartel.
On March 13, gunmen shot and killed Redelfs, his wife, Lesley Enriquez Redelfs, who worked for the U.S. Consulate, and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros, a maquiladora supervisor and husband of consulate employee Hilda Antillon."


Sunday, 13 June 2010

Four people shot as gunmen open fire at nightclub | Mail Online

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Four people shot as gunmen open fire at nightclub | Mail Online: "Four people were shot in the early hours of this morning when a gunman opened fire at a popular nightclub.Now there are fears that this latest incident my spark a further shootings in retaliation- as past shootings have prompted further crime.
The shooting happened at the Custard Factory, a mixed-use arts venue that was hosting an urban music event, near Birmingham city centre.
Officers from West Midlands Police found three men aged 20, 23, and 25, and a 25-year-old woman with gunshot wounds. All four have been taken to hospital but their conditions are not yet known."


Saturday, 12 June 2010

Two charged with gang murder in Northern Saskatchewan

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Two charged with gang murder in Northern Saskatchewan: "Two men have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting Sunday of a 29-year-old man in the northern Saskatchewan village of La Loche.
Curtis Ecklund, 26, and Richie Herman, 18, appeared in La Loche provincial court Tuesday morning. In addition to the murder charge, they are also facing weapons charges. Both are from La Loche.
They were remanded until June 24, when both will appear in Queen's Bench court in North Battleford.
An acquaintance of the victim, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told The StarPhoenix the shooting involved members of a gang known as the Scorpion Brothers."


Victim of S. Phila. slaying was grandson of notorious mobster | Philadelphia Daily News | 06/12/2010

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Victim of S. Phila. slaying was grandson of notorious mobster | Philadelphia Daily News | 06/12/2010: "grandson of notorious Philadelphia mobster Harry 'The Hunchback' Riccobene was gunned down outside his South Philadelphia home early Thursday.
Rocco Maniscalco, 38, had just watched Wednesday night's Flyers game at the Wolf Street Cafe when he walked the short block home to his rowhouse on Wolf near Colorado.
Outside his home, an armed man leaped from the shadows and fired at least 10 times, hitting Maniscalco repeatedly, police said. He died on the scene about 1:20 a.m. The gunman, a thin white man in a white shirt, fled in a dark-colored SUV, police said.
Maniscalco owned New Era Collision, an auto-body and towing company housed in a nondescript business park at 25th and Wharton streets.
Yesterday, employees there refused to comment, except to call the slaying 'a tragedy.'"


gang warfare in Melbourne | The Australian

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New police taskforce to stamp out gang warfare in Melbourne | The Australian: "violence was escalating among five key Asian gangs fighting in Melbourne.
The report outlined force fears someone would be killed if the conflict was not dealt with.
Echo will operate from state crime squad headquarters in St Kilda and will be led by Detective Inspector Dave de Francesco, who had until now headed the armed crime taskforce.
Detective Inspector de Francesco, who will have six detectives on his team, said stopping the extreme violence committed in public places was a major priority.
'They must be stopped and I am determined to do just that,' he said."


Sniper sensors from Iraq and Afghanistan to be used in Birmingham - Times Online

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Sniper sensors from Iraq and Afghanistan to be used in Birmingham - Times Online: "Technology that locates snipers in Afghanistan and Iraq is being deployed by police on the streets of Birmingham to identify where a gun is fired from.
The ShotSpotter will use audio sensors spread around the northwest of the city, where most of the gun crime occurs, and will recognise the acoustic soundwaves made by a shot fired up to two miles away.
Once a gun has been fired the sensors will detect the location to within ten metres. The system will send the details to the force control room within seconds. Armed officers can then be scrambled without the need for a 999 call and CCTV cameras can be focused on the area.
The technology, the first of its kind in Britain, is also able to tell whether a gun has been fired from a moving car, which direction it is travelling in and how many guns have been fired."


Friday, 11 June 2010

Arrest a 'message to UN gangster'

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Arrest a 'message to UN gangster': "Abbotsford police say they've sent a message to a prominent UN Gang member with the arrest of one of his associates.
Officers arrested three people and seized $26,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and the painkiller Percocet from an apartment in the 33900-block Essendene Avenue late Tuesday afternoon.
Two people, a 21-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, are facing drug charges, while a 35-year-old man is facing both drug and impaired-driving charges after returning to the apartment on a motorcycle and refusing to give a breath sample.
The second man is an associate of a well-known UN Gang member, Abbotsford Const. Ian MacDonald said Wednesday.
Both men are named on the APD's hit list of more than 130 gangsters living and doing business in Abbotsford, say police, who did not release the names of those arrested."


BBC News - Mexico arrests Los Zetas gang 'leader' in Monterrey

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BBC News - Mexico arrests Los Zetas gang 'leader' in Monterrey: "Hector Raul Luna Luna is said to be the head of the Los Zetas gang in the north-eastern city of Monterrey, Mexico's third largest city.
Officials said on Wednesday he was captured by soldiers in a suburb of the city, which is a key industrial hub.
In response, gunmen hijacked cars and temporarily set up at least 10 roadblocks in Monterrey.
Convoys of armed men also attacked police stations, according to local reports.
The Ministry of Defence said Hector Raul Luna Luna was responsible for assaults on Mexican soldiers and a 2008 failed grenade attack on the US consulate in Monterrey, the Associated Press reports."


Heads dumped in Guatemala capital - swissinfo

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Heads dumped in Guatemala capital - swissinfo: "Suspected gang members dumped four human heads in front of Guatemala's Congress and other spots in the capital along with messages warning the government to halt its crackdown on organized crime.

A head found outside Congress on Thursday had a handwritten note with it addressed to the interior minister and the head of the penitentiary system.

'Put the jails in order or these horrific acts will continue,' it said.

Another of the severed heads was left on a pedestrian walkway at a shopping centre, while a third was found in front of a fire station and a fourth in a plastic bag on a highway leading into Guatemala City. A headless body was found in a car parked near Congress."


iNews 880 On Radio. On Line. On Demand. - Edmonton CHQTAM

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iNews 880 On Radio. On Line. On Demand. - Edmonton CHQTAM: "local gangster Brandon Prevey was gunned down in Red Deer in April, 2009 it looked like his killers would get away with murder. Then the RCMP began closing in on suspects. They arrested three men and had a dragnet out for a fourth man.

Thursday afternoon, the combined Calgary Police - RCMP integrated fugitive apprehension unit raided a Calgary home and arrested 22-year old Brandon Cody Smith on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Prevey, a member of Edmonton's Crazy Dragon's gang, became a target of Calgary's Fresh Off the Boat gang after an underworld falling out. He was sitting in a parked Jeep in Red Deer when a vehicle pulled up alongside and he was killed in an obvious gangland hit.

Police say all of the suspects in Prevey's murder have been arrested"


Thursday, 10 June 2010

Gang member and girl, 15, shot while tagging on Southwest SIde :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

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Gang member and girl, 15, shot while tagging on Southwest SIde :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime: "known gang member and a 15 year-old girl were shot while tagging a sidewalk Wednesday night on the Southwest Side.
The 19-year-old man and 15-year-old girl were shot about 10:25 p.m. in the 5900 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
They were sitting outside of a house on the 5900 block of South Washtenaw Avenue and “drawing on the sidewalk” when two gunmen approached and fired shots at the man, who ran south on Washtenaw, police said.
The victims -- who are friends -- were tagging the wall and sidewalk, and neither lived at the address, police said.
The man, a known gang member, was shot 11 times, police said."


Asian street gang member convicted in ‘07 kidnapping Boyz

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Asian street gang member convicted in ‘07 kidnapping Boyz: "member of the Asian Boyz street gang was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for a 2007 kidnapping in which a potential witness was later murdered. Pongsony Patrick Kahoone, 22, admitted being among four men who kidnapped Terry Au, a one-time drug dealer for the gang who was abducted when he tried to quit."


Russia hunts 'Rambo' gang after campaign of violence against police | World news | The Guardian

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Russia hunts 'Rambo' gang after campaign of violence against police | World news | The Guardian: "Detectives in Russia's far east were today using tanks and helicopters to comb the region's coniferous forests and swamps for a gang of avenging outlaws who have carried out a series of attacks on police.
Dubbed the 'Russian Rambos', the group shot dead a policeman last month in the village of Rakitnoye in the Primorye Krai region. They wounded three officers in two further attacks near the town of Spassk, officials say – shooting up a patrol and ambushing a car.
The gang's leader is said to be 32-year-old Roman Muromtsev, a former army officer and Chechen war veteran, who sent a warning letter to police last month. In it, he said local people had grown utterly fed up with police corruption and lawlessness. Unless the force mended its criminal ways, he would be compelled to act as a 'people's avenger', he threatened."


Salinas police help net 24 arrests in 'Operation Tapout' | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian

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Salinas police help net 24 arrests in 'Operation Tapout' | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian: "'Tapout' — a six-month-long investigation — has led to the arrests of at least 36 Nuestra Familia street gang members, police said, including some with direct Salinas connections.'Gang members don't have boundaries,' said Villegas, spokesman for the Police Department. 'We serve and protect the city of Salinas, but we know criminals come in and commit crimes in our city. And Salinas criminals don't just commit crimes in our city.'The operation involved the FBI, the California Department of Justice, and several of the local police and sheriff's departments.In Tuesday's sweep, Villegas said, officers and agents served arrest and search warrants. Salinas officers, he said, served warrants in Earlimart, which led to an arrest."


Two men killed in East Garfield Park - chicagotribune.com

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Two men killed in East Garfield Park - chicagotribune.com: "Jeffrey Pinkerton and Patrick Evans were released from jail, they both said they would change their ways.
Evans' mother said she doubted it. Pinkerton's girlfriend of seven years and the mother of his two children said she had faith that he would.
On Tuesday night, both men were killed in the back of an East Garfield Park corner store in the 3600 block of West Ohio Street.
Evans, 28, was inserting coins into a jukebox and Pinkerton, 28, was playing pool when a man wearing a ski mask and dressed in all black walked in and fired seven shots"


sophisticated drug smuggling gang stretching from its base - tiffany key

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sophisticated drug smuggling gang stretching from its base - tiffany key: "Covered in tattoos and accessories clearance physically imposing, Clayton Roueche was the young kingpin of a violent, brazen and sophisticated drug smuggling gang stretching from its base in southwest Canada to as far away as Australia.
The 34-year-old spent millions of dollars to avoid arrest and rings clearance extend the reach of the worldwide gang, known as the United Nations.
His arsenal bracelets clearance was as well-equipped as a small army.
According to US federal prosecutors, Roueche 'used private cufflinks clearance airplanes, float planes, helicopters, cars, semi-trucks and coded Blackberry telephones to create a secret and successful organisation that he planned to extend into the Far East and South America'.
'He employed pilots, drug couriers and money transporters to carry out the objectives of this organisation.
'His organisation was equal parts corporate and violent.'
The aim was to make 'obscene amounts of money'."


Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Trenton gangster jailed for role as driver in murder of 15-year-old - The Trentonian News: Serving Trenton and surrounding communities. (trentonian.com)

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Trenton gangster jailed for role as driver in murder of 15-year-old - The Trentonian News: Serving Trenton and surrounding communities. (trentonian.com): "Shawn Green, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for the gang-retaliation shooting death of Robert Simmons III on Oct. 6, 2005.

Simmons was 15 at the time and belonged to a rival gang called Valentines. Antoine Strong of New York City — leader of the 59 Brims, a set of the Bloods — ordered Simmons’ death after 59 Brims member Robert DeLoach was killed.

“They took a young man’s life. This has all to do with the fact of gang violence. Shawn Green might not be the one who pulled the trigger, but he supplied the means, the transportation to the murder scene,” said Assistant Prosecutor Skylar Weissman, asking Mercer County Judge Pedro J. Jiminez to pass the negotiated sentence in a plea agreement to testify against Strong at trial."


8 SoCal arrests with alleged ties to Mexican Mafia - San Jose Mercury News

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8 SoCal arrests with alleged ties to Mexican Mafia - San Jose Mercury News: "Authorities say a drug bust has netted eight arrests of San Gabriel Valley gang members with alleged ties to the Mexican Mafia.
The U.S. attorney's office said the arrests on Tuesday stem from a 22-count federal racketeering and narcotics indictment naming 17 defendants.
Prosecutors say four of the defendants are eligible for the death penalty if convicted of the 2006 killing of a rival gang member. The remaining 13 face 20 years to life without parole.
The takedown focused on a La Puente street gang with approximately 600 members called Puente-13. Prosecutors say the number in the gang's name is a reference to the 13th letter of the alphabet, M, which indicates it is controlled by the Mexican Mafia."


Members of Camden gang admit plot to kill another gang member | - NJ.com

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Members of Camden gang admit plot to kill another gang member | - NJ.com: "Juan Vargas, 27, of Philadelphia, the alleged street commander of the Nine Trey Headbustas, and Dionicio Adams, 28, of Camden admitted plotting the murder of Nathaniel Clay in pleas they entered Monday.
Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor said investigators learned of the planned shooting and arrested the men before it was carried out.
Under a plea deal, the state is recommending Vargas be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and Adams be sentenced for up to 12 years. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 30."


Reputed KC gang leader loses appeal - KansasCity.com

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Reputed KC gang leader loses appeal - KansasCity.com: "Shauntay Henderson, touted by authorities as a Kansas City gang leader, had argued that she acted in self-defense in killing DeAndre M. Parker in September 2006 as he sat in a pickup truck outside a convenience store.
Henderson contended that she was afraid that Parker would run her down because of a long-simmering feud.
Henderson’s trial judge dismissed her self-defense argument and the appeals court agreed, finding that she did not try and retreat before resorting to deadly force"


NJ Gang Members Plead Guilty To Murder Plot - cbs3.com

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NJ Gang Members Plead Guilty To Murder Plot - cbs3.com: "Two members of a Camden street gang have pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder another member.Juan Vargas, 27, of Philadelphia, the alleged street commander of the Nine Trey Headbustas, and Dionicio Adams, 28, of Camden admitted plotting the murder of Nathaniel Clay in pleas they entered Monday.Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor said investigators learned of the planned shooting and arrested the men before it was carried out.Under a plea deal, the state is recommending Vargas be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and Adams be sentenced for up to 12 years. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 30."


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bodies With Hearts Cut Out Found in Mexican Cave Outside Cancun - AOL News

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Bodies With Hearts Cut Out Found in Mexican Cave Outside Cancun - AOL News: "six bodies in a cave, three of them with their hearts apparently cut out.That is what police in Mexico found Sunday, in a natural cave just outside the resort town of Cancun.
Francisco Alor, the attorney general in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, said the victims -- two women and four men -- had been tortured. In a statement to The Associated Press, Alor's office said their 'chests were opened to remove the hearts.'"


Ex-Mafia gangster sentenced - SalemNews.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Salem News

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Ex-Mafia gangster sentenced - SalemNews.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Salem News: "Joseph Garivay, the Mexican Mafia gangster convicted of murder in Los Angeles in April, was sentenced to 50 years-to-life for aggravated murder and 25 years for conspiracy to commit murder in Los Angeles superior Court on Tuesday.
Salem Police Det. Dave Talbert said he was advised by the L.A. County district attorney's office.
Talbert provided key testimony in Garivay's trial, a case with significance to Los Angeles prosecutors because it showed a link, for the first time, between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and street gangs.
Garivay, 42, also known as 'Capone,' will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole under California law, Talbert said."


Member of Asian Boyz street gang sentenced in '07 kidnapping | PressDemocrat.com

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Member of Asian Boyz street gang sentenced in '07 kidnapping | PressDemocrat.com: "member of the Asian Boyz street gang was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for a 2007 kidnapping in which a potential witness was later murdered.

Defendants in Jenner killing will go to trial Informant back on stand in murder case Secret witness testifies at gang slaying hearing Hearing starts in witness-protection slaying Sixth arrest made in killing of witness Ruthless Asian gangs blaze trail of violence Statements point toward death penalty in Jenner Slain man in witness protection program Autopsy: Victim shot nine times Pongsony Patrick Kahoone, 22, admitted being among four men who kidnapped Terry Au, a one-time drug dealer for the gang who was abducted when he tried to quit.
Au's brother, Vutha Au, then 24, was shot to death in 2008 at Blind Beach on the Sonoma Coast as he was preparing to testify in the attack."


Trenton Bloods gangster charged in murder pleads guilty to weapons, robbery charges - The Trentonian News: Serving Trenton and surrounding communities. (trentonian.com)

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Trenton Bloods gangster charged in murder pleads guilty to weapons, robbery charges - The Trentonian News: Serving Trenton and surrounding communities. (trentonian.com): "Sex Money Murder gang member charged with murder pleaded guilty to lesser charges in two unrelated crimes in Mercer Court, prosecutors said Monday.

Karim Sampson, 21, of Quinton Avenue, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property, said Casey DiBlasio, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jiminez sentenced him to five years in prison for each of the offenses.

He must serve three years before being considered for parole, DeBlasio said.

Members of the Money Sex Murder set of the Bloods street gang, Sampson, and co-defendants “General” Keith L. Williams, 21, of Frasier Street, John C. Murphy, 21, of Hoffman Avenue, and Brandon Edwards, 23, of West End Avenue, still face murder and conspiracy charges for the Mothers Day 2007 slaying of Gangsta-Killer Blood Arrel “Broadway” Bell."


21-year-old man died, and a 44-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries

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21-year-old man died, and a 44-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries. A memorial at the scene identified the dead man as Steve Sok.

A neighbor of Sok's told KOMO/4 the victim was in a gang, but his mother denied the allegation. The Seattle Police Department's gang unit was at the shooting scene early Sunday morning.

Here's the video, taken by a man who lives across the street and captured the footage on his iPhone. The clip doesn't show the shooting, but has audio of the eight shots fired.

The audio and the sound of a person screaming after is disturbing.


Reputed gang leader goes on trial in San Jose federal courtroom - San Jose Mercury News

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Reputed gang leader goes on trial in San Jose federal courtroom - San Jose Mercury News: "35-year-old Anh The Duong sat placidly as Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawna Yen described him as the force behind the criminal organization. 'He led,' Yen told jurors. 'He was the linchpin.'
Federal prosecutors have charged Duong in a sweeping racketeering indictment that includes links to murders in San Jose and Fremont, as well as the murders of four people in an El Monte pool hall in 1999. A Southern California jury already put Duong on California's death row for the El Monte murders, but the U.S. Justice Department is nevertheless pushing the racketeering charges and seeking the death penalty in the federal case, which could lead to a swifter execution date in the federal system if he is convicted.
Duong's trial marks just the second time in the past 50 years that a defendant has faced the death penalty in a Bay Area federal courtroom, the other ending last summer in a life-in-prison verdict for a Western Addition gang leader who stood trial in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel needed nearly three months to seat a jury able to commit to the six-month Duong trial."


Jury acquits men accused of inking boy with tattoo - San Jose Mercury News

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Jury acquits men accused of inking boy with tattoo - San Jose Mercury News: "Two former Fresno Bulldog gang members accused of inking a gang tattoo on a 7-year-old boy have been found not guilty of aggravated mayhem.
Enrique Gonzalez and Travis Gorman was acquitted Monday by a Fresno County jury that couldn't agree on any lesser charges.
The jury of six women and six men deliberated for more than 10 hours over three days.
The jury foreman says the panel didn't believe the boy when he testified that his father, Gonzalez, held him down on a couch when Gorman inked the gang tattoo—a small dog paw—on the child's hip last year.
The foreman says he believed the father when he testified that he loved his son and wouldn't do anything to harm him.
The men could have received a life prison term for aggravated mayhem."


New High-Tech Courtroom Built For SJ Gang Trial - cbs5.com

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New High-Tech Courtroom Built For SJ Gang Trial - cbs5.com: "upcoming trial of one of San Jose's most violent street gangs.

Eight members of the El Hoyo Palmas gang are on trial later this month in connection with four killings. The county had to find a courtroom big enough to hold all the defendants.

$200,000 was spent to transform the 48-year-old courtroom into a high-tech Mecca for the high-security trial. Court officials say the price tag is worth it because they'll no longer have to rent outside facilities for large trials."


Identities or purpose of men found murdered in Casa Grande desert unknown | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Arizona News

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Identities or purpose of men found murdered in Casa Grande desert unknown | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Arizona News: "Deputies are continuing with their investigation of a double murder in the desert in Pinal County.

The deaths took place near Casa Grande, a known smuggling corridor. Investigators are trying to figure out who the victims are and who killed them. Detectives say they are not sure if the victims were illegal immigrants or drug smugglers or someone else.

One of them reportedly called 911 saying, in Spanish, that he and his friend had been shot. The GPS on his phone led deputies to them.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter airlifted the bodies of the two men so that they can be identified."


Officers unhurt in gun battle in Pine Lawn - STLtoday.com

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Officers unhurt in gun battle in Pine Lawn - STLtoday.com: "gunbattle Monday night between undercover drug investigators and two feuding groups left two drug suspects and a bystander injured.

St. Louis County police officers came under fire from at least three shooters in two cars, but no officers were hurt.

'It's an absolute miracle that we had no officers hit by gunfire,' St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said.

Dozens of shots were fired during the fight that stretched across several blocks. The shootings started about 7:30 p.m. when, as drug investigators in an unmarked car were following a car containing two people, another car pulled up and someone inside started shooting near Jennings Station Road and Bircher Avenue, police said.

Several other unmarked squad cars that arrived at the scene were hit by gunfire."


Monday, 7 June 2010

One dead, one critical after Palmetto shooting - Crime & Courts - BradentonHerald.com

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One dead, one critical after Palmetto shooting - Crime & Courts - BradentonHerald.com: "Palmetto Police investigators late Sunday were still trying to identify two men who were shot behind a church late Saturday, leaving one man dead and another in critical condition.
“It appears to us these two were targeted and victimized,” said Palmetto Police Lt. Scott Tyler. The man who was killed had multiple gunshot wounds, he said.
Police believe the shootings took place behind Greater Saint Luke’s Primitive Baptist Church near Oakridge Apartments."


A bloody summer of gang warfare ahead? | StarTribune.com

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A bloody summer of gang warfare ahead? | StarTribune.com: "Martin's killing was the city's 20th so far this year -- a tally now higher than all of last year -- and it was particularly brazen: He was walking on a heavily used bike path on the lake's west side when he was ambushed. Investigators say they're worried that fellow gang members will avenge his death.
Police Inspector Michael Martin (no relation) of the North Side's Fourth Precinct said police knew the victim as a leader in the Taliban gang, which has been around since 2005. Officers had arrested him for possessing a gun.
The Taliban is one of the most active and violent gangs in Minneapolis, but it's not large, Martin said, adding that the Taliban has tried to gain respect from other gangs through violence."


Sunday, 6 June 2010

Gang activity cited in girl’s shooting - The Boston Globe

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Gang activity cited in girl’s shooting - The Boston Globe: "Rival gang activity is believed to be responsible for the Friday night shooting of a 10-year-old girl who was wounded in the leg outside her Roxbury home, police said."


Saturday, 5 June 2010

Chinatown brawl reveals new Triad-style crime gang

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Chinatown brawl reveals new Triad-style crime gang: "''CCB'' - City Chinese Boys - the gang used a metal crowd-control post in a revenge attack to smash the main front window of one of Sydney's hippest new bars, Mr B's Hotel, the former Mandarin Club.
The attack happened after a brawl between three doormen and up to 20 men outside Mr B's about midnight on May 29.
One of the youths sustained an injured nose after he was kicked in the head during the argument. The gang then returned to the club at 3.30am and smashed the front window.
It is understood the guards involved in the brawl have been moved to other premises to protect them from retribution.
The CCB now shares turf with the traditional Triad-based crime gangs - 14K, Big Circle and Sing Wa - in Chinatown.
It is believed CCB is made up of members from another teen gang - the 180 White Tigers - a ''rainbow'' group that includes youths with Asian, Caucasian and Pacific islander backgrounds"


38 Bloods gang members indicted in Bronx - NYPOST.com

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38 Bloods gang members indicted in Bronx - NYPOST.com: "Thirty-eight reputed members of the Bloods street gang and their associates -- including five involved in the stray-bullet shooting of a 15-year-old girl on her way home from school -- were indicted in The Bronx yesterday on murder-conspiracy and drug-trafficking charges, authorities said.
Disputes over drug turf ignited a feud in Morrisania between rival Bloods factions, authorities said.
Darrell 'Dutch' Joe, a Rikers Island inmate, allegedly ordered the Nov. 16 shooting that wounded Vada Vasquez, who's still recovering.
Bloods wannabe Carvette Gentles, 16, opened fire, hitting his target, Tyrone Creighton, twice and Vada once in the head, investigators said."


Two groups of suspected gang members fired off some 15 shots on a corner in Five Points a little more than a week ago

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Two groups of suspected gang members fired off some 15 shots on a corner in Five Points a little more than a week ago. The shooting has gotten the attention and the Richland County Sheriff's Department's Gang Task Force and the State Law Enforcement Division.

We talked to a witness who saw the shooting from only a few feet away.

"A large fight broke out involving dozens of people and maybe a minute after the fight started," said a witness, whose identity we agreed to hide. "I heard a gunshot and then a pause and then just a rapid barrage almost of gunfire and then everybody just scattered. After that, I was running, too. I didn't know what was going on."

The man watched as two gangs turned the corner of Greene and Harden in to a gun fight. "Guys dressed in mostly blue and black and then another group of guys, much larger group of guys dressed with red hats, red t-shirts," he said.

It happened just after 2:00am on May 23, right behind Grilled Teriyaki in the heart of Five Points. Investigators recovered around 15 shell casings that night. A bullet hit one man in the leg, landed in the door of Group Therapy, and a bullet ripped through the window at Pour House.

"We're not going to allow them to take over, we're not going to allow them to take that as their turf, that they're in charge -- that's not going to happen," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who fielded calls and emails from the people who live and work in five points.

Lott sent his gang unit down last weekend to case the area. "We're trying to identify the individuals," he said. "There are actually gangs members and that's what we were able to find out last weekend, that there is confirmed gang members who are meeting in the Five Points area and basically hanging out and causing some of the problems that Five Points have been experiencing."


triggerman in a gang assault that rocked Amador County on March 14 - leaving one teenager with a bullet hole in his face

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suspected triggerman in a gang assault that rocked Amador County on March 14 - leaving one teenager with a bullet hole in his face, and another bleeding from the neck - appeared in court on May 27. Later that evening, parents and teens from the community gathered to hear about Amador's new gang task force. They also met former gang members in person, learning what could happen if Nortenos or Surenos are allowed to develop a following in the area.

It was 3:15 p.m. when Gilbert Zaragoza was brought into Amador Superior Court in chains. The 19-year-old Stockton man is facing two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors believe that security footage from the Jackson Rancheria Casino depicts Zaragoza pulling a gun and firing on two known members of the Sureno street gang. Zaragoza is a member of the Nortenos.

During the hearing, Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe explained to Judge David Richmond that the only offer he was leaning toward extending to the defense fell in the ballpark of 25-years-to-life in prison. Zaragoza's attorney, Public Defender Kyle Smith, told the judge there was still one element of discovery evidence that he needed to review before he could adequately advise his client on accepting or not accepting possible plea bargains. Richmond gave Smith time to review the evidence, setting Zaragoza's next hearing for late June.

While gang experts classify the Rancheria shooting as a near-deadly example of "transient gang activity," or certified gang members from cities committing crimes while passing through Amador, some local cops have become increasingly alarmed by Jackson and Ione teenagers attempting to emulate gangs like the Nortenos. In the last year, a number of felonies, including several violent assaults, have been committed by young men from Amador County in the name of the Norte'os.

A new investigation headed by Riebe proved that known gang members from other areas are indeed communicating with Amador teens via online social networking sites. In one case, Riebe discovered that a Norte'o man in his mid-50s, with a Myspace account that glorified drugs and shootings, was regularly chatting with Amador teenagers as young as 14 and 15 years old. "What business does any man that age from another city have talking to teens in this community online?" Riebe pointed out to the Ledger Dispatch. "And then you add his gang affiliation into the mix, and it's even more disturbing."


18-year-old arrested earlier this week was charged Friday with fatally shooting a man during a spate of violence in Baltimore

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18-year-old arrested earlier this week was charged Friday with fatally shooting a man during a spate of violence in Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a police spokesman.

Police said officers caught the suspect — Shawn Demetrice Jones — with a loaded revolver on North Lakewood Avenue in East Baltimore's McElderry Park, three blocks from where 18-year-old Davon Dorsey was shot in the head on North Rose Street about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

That shooting and another slaying 45 minutes earlier and a few blocks away on East Monument Street were the start of a weekend of bloodshed that left 10 people dead across Baltimore from early Saturday through Tuesday afternoon.

Police have said they believe the shootings on East Monument and North Rose streets are related and tied to gangs.


Friday, 4 June 2010

38 Gang Members Indicted

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38 Gang Members Indicted in "Miracle Vada" Case | NBC New York: "three dozen gang members will be arraigned on an indictment of attempted murder, drug and conspiracy charges in connection with a shooting that seriously hurt two people, including an innocent 15-year-old girl who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Vada Vasquez was walking home from school November 16, 2009, when she was shot in the head. She has since made a miraculous recovery. leaving the hospital, speaking her first word -- 'Mom' -- and earning Mayor Michael Bloomberg's personal congratulations for her bravery.
Late last year, five men were arrested in connection with the shooting and indicted on attempted murder charges. The group of young men were allegedly trying to kill Tyrone Creighton, 19, in the shooting, officials said. He was wounded in the stomach."


Police: Investigation leads to arrest of 10 gang members | The-Dispatch.com

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Police: Investigation leads to arrest of 10 gang members The-Dispatch.com: "arrests of 10 members of the Tiny Rascals Gang.

The gang is known by its acronym, “TRG,” which is often seen spray-painted around town.
Officers said gang members were involved in crimes ranging from soliciting gang activity and gang threats of retaliation to robbery and kidnapping.
Maj. Tad Kepley of the Lexington Police Department didn’t offer much insight into events that led to the arrests, though he said problems with gangs have escalated since the 1990s.
“Over the last decade, they’ve become far more prominent,” he said.
District Attorney Garry Frank was also generally close-lipped about the investigation and charges."


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