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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Alleged Acorn Gang Leader Sentenced For Attempted Murder - The Bay Citizen

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Alleged Acorn Gang Leader Sentenced For Attempted Murder - The Bay Citizen: "sentencing of two alleged members of the Acorn gang.
Elijah Thomas and Marc Anthony Candler may spend the rest of their lives in prison for the attempted murder in 2006 of Jermel Holloway, an alleged member of the rival Ghosttown gang.
In a courtroom devoid of the once ubiquitous television lights, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon sentenced both men to maximum sentences of life in prison. With gang enhancements, Thomas received a minimum of 40 years and Candler 48 years in prison.
The two men were originally arrested in 2008 as a result of the Oakland Police Department’s “Operation Nutcracker,” a three-month-long, high-profile investigation that netted the arrests of 54 alleged members of the Acorn gang."


Gangster Disciples: Palm Beach County arrests of suspected gang members - OrlandoSentinel.com

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Gangster Disciples: Palm Beach County arrests of suspected gang members - OrlandoSentinel.com: "nabbed 10 suspected members of a Chicago-based gang known for spreading violence across Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.
The nine men and one juvenile arrested are admitted members of the Gangster Disciples, a Chicago group born in the 1970s, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The arrests ended an eight-month investigation dubbed 'Operation Casa Loca.'
All 10 face charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges.
Arrested were: Richard Cavazos, 20; Efrain Cruz, 22; Timothy Fredeling, 20; Jetro Lormestoir, 22; Evans Lucien, 25; Jaheen McCutchen, 23; Silas Moses, 19; Michael Santiago, 21; Orlando Santiago, 25; and a 16-year-old boy. The Sun Sentinel is not naming him because of his age.
All are from the Lake Worth and West Palm Beach areas, except for Cavazos, who is from Clewiston."


Seven gangsters arrested in busy Vancouver park

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Seven gangsters arrested in busy Vancouver park: "Uniformed Gang Task Force interrupted a meeting of seven well-known gangsters and associates -- some of whom had loaded assault rifles -- in a busy Vancouver park Wednesday afternoon.
The specialized anti-gang team came upon the group in Kensington Park, at 33rd Avenue and Knight Street, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sgt. Bill Whalen of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) said the task force has stepped up its patrols across Metro Vancouver because of increased gang violence in recent weeks.
'During this arrest, two assault rifles and one handgun were seized,' Whalen said.
Two Vancouver 26-year-olds -- Pedram (Mike) Shirazi and Christopher Henry Iser -- are each facing seven gun charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon"


Bikies hand themselves in - Yahoo!7

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Bikies hand themselves in - Yahoo!7: "Melbourne nightclub owner says bikie gangs should be made illegal in Victoria after two Bandidos handed themselves in over a beating at his strip club.
Police said a group of men entered the Centrefold Lounge in King St in the CBD some time after 6am (AEDT) on Sunday but refused to leave when told the bar was shutting.
They then allegedly became violent, bashing bar staff and bouncers. One worker was hit with a bar stool.
Five people were treated in hospital for injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to a broken jaw.
Centrefold Lounge director Peter Iwaniuk said one of the bikies, who was not charged, had been a 'good samaritan' and stopped the others during the assault.
On Monday the men handed themselves into police, who had looked at CCTV footage and knew them through their links to the Bandidos and the security industry, Detective-Senior Constable Matthew Eeles said."


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Leg broken in Bondi bikie bashing | The Daily Telegraph

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Leg broken in Bondi bikie bashing | The Daily Telegraph: "BIKIE brawl in the heart of Bondi has left one man in hospital with a broken leg. The fight broke out in front of the busy lunch crowd at Vue Bar and Tapas about 12.30pm.
Police received multiple calls from the public after four men started brawling on Campbell Parade.
The original police call-out listed the men as being members of outlaw motorcycle gangs. The police would not confirm which gangs they belonged to.
The Daily Telegraph contacted businesses in the area but they would not discuss the brawl.
A police spokeswoman said two men were walking along the footpath when a blue Ford Falcon pulled-up alongside them.
Two men jumped out of the car and attacked one of the men, while his friend ran-off."


feuding with members of the Down With the Crew gangAlleged gang member shot, later charged with gun possession

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Alleged gang member shot, later charged with gun possession: "Richard Lak, has been charged with first-degree unlawful firearm possession after police found a revolver in the 9000 block of 52nd Avenue South, a few steps away from where he had been. Court documents show Lak gave varying stories about the gun.
Police are still searching for the person who shot him Sept. 20.
Lak was shot near Renton Avenue South and 52nd Avenue South. Police say the 23-year-old is a self-admitted 44 Holly Hoover Crip known by the moniker 'Hands,' and is feuding with members of the Down With the Crew gang.
Lak, a five-time felon who most recently was convicted for unlawful firearm possession and possession of a controlled substance, is prohibited from having a gun."


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Frank Prater and Robert Memory both agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges Friday in connection with the stabbing in 2004.

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Two men behind bars for their role in a fatal stabbing during a bar fight in Stockton will be serving less time in prison.
Frank Prater and Robert Memory both agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges Friday in connection with the stabbing in 2004.
The Stockton Record reports after previously being sentenced to 16 years to life for second-degree murder, the 41-year-old Prater will spend a little more than five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.
The 36-year-old Memory had been serving nine years for attempted voluntary manslaughter, but he will be released in less than a year on a lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
The deal came after the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned their convictions.
Both men were part of motorcycle club, but the court ruled they had been wrongly linked to the Hells Angels.


The Arsenal fan - nicknamed Sammy Gunz - was blasted in the chest and died after staggering to a house for help.

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BOY of 16 was executed by masked gunmen who mistook him for his friend.
Samuel Adelagun was with three pals when they were ambushed in a park by two balaclava-clad gang members.
The Arsenal fan - nicknamed Sammy Gunz - was blasted in the chest and died after staggering to a house for help.
One of his pals, a 15-year-old named Edward, was probably the intended target.
He was wounded in the abdomen.
The killing is the latest in a series of shootings and stabbings involving rival drug gangs.
Edward's cousin Lloyd Morrison survived a shooting nearby in Plaistow, East London, two weeks ago.
Friends of Lloyd from the Chadd Green crew are thought to have ordered revenge - but rivals from the Custom House gang heard and went looking for Edward.
Keen athlete Samuel's mother Mojisola Adebayo, 43, screamed "Why?" after being told of his death.
He is the 16th teen murdered in London this year.
Edward is "stable" in hospital under armed police guard.


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3194843/Boy-of-16-executed-by-gunmen-who-mistook-him-for-his-friend.html#ixzz13R2TU81E


Blood gang members were identified as 26-year-old Charles "Bezzo" Best Jr., 21-year-old Cory "Lil Norm" Moody, 17-year-old Darius "Most Hated" Walters

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Berkshire County Drug Task Force has broken up a major Pittsfield cocaine ring run by members of the Bloods street gang, according to authorities.

After conducting surveillance and making multiple undercover drug purchases from various players in the alleged ring, officers made their move Thursday night when they arrested two key suspects at gunpoint inside a Berkshire Medical Center parking garage.

A third suspect was arrested outside a Seymour Street home early Friday, while a fourth remains at large.

Police said all four men are Pittsfield residents.

Authorities said they seized more than $8,000 cash, about 130 grams of crack and powder cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana, 11 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition and three vehicles, including a Hummer, Lexus and Jeep Liberty.

Investigators with the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, which includes a mix of Massachusetts State Police and officers from Pittsfield and other municipal departments, began building their case against the suspects after receiving tips from a "credible and reliable cooperating informant," according to a report by investigators Michael Nykorchuck and Tyrone Price, members of the Pittsfield Police Department Drug Unit and the task force.

The investigators characterized the drug operation as a "major" cocaine trafficking ring that was "managed by several members of the Bloods street gang."



Blood gang members were identified as 26-year-old Charles "Bezzo" Best Jr., 21-year-old Cory "Lil Norm" Moody, 17-year-old Darius "Most Hated" Walters, and 23-year-old Gerard "Prano" Jones. All but Jones have already been charged in connection with the alleged drug ring.

"A warrant has been issued for [Jones’] arrest," said Detective Sgt. Marc E. Strout, commanding officer of the Pittsfield Police Department Drug Unit and member of the task force.

"There are more arrests to follow," Strout said Monday night.

Best, Moody and Walters denied charges ranging from cocaine trafficking to drug distribution and conspiracy at their District Court arraignments. Cash bail for Best, Moody and Walters was set at $100,000, $20,000 and $2,000, respectively.


Monday, 25 October 2010

Man wounded in shooting at Torrance Chuck E. Cheese - ContraCostaTimes.com

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Man wounded in shooting at Torrance Chuck E. Cheese - ContraCostaTimes.com: "man was critically wounded Saturday outside a Torrance restaurant during what police believe was a gang fight.
The shooting was reported at 7:40 p.m. outside a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in the 16900 block of Prairie Avenue, said Sgt. Jeremiah Hart of the Torrance Police Department.
Arriving officers found one man shot 'numerous times in the upper torso' and about 200 people milling around, he said.
The potential witnesses 'drove away in multiple directions,' Hart said, leaving investigators to piece together the story.
Hart said eight to 10 men believed to be gang members got into an argument.
'People say they were shouting, then started to fight, then during that fight someone pulled out a firearm and started shooting,' he said.
The man was hospitalized in critical condition.
It was unclear why the men were in the parking lot."


Gregory Raymore, who also goes by the street name of “Mook Duke,” was arrested

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The Chronicle-Telegram - Lorain County's leading news source: "reputed member of the Elyria street gang that calls itself M.A. Zone has been indicted on a federal weapons charge.
Gregory Raymore, who also goes by the street name of “Mook Duke,” was arrested without incident around 1:45 p.m. Friday by Elyria police and members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force during a traffic stop at Furnace Street and Foster Avenue, according to an Elyria police report.
According to the federal indictment, Raymore, 24, had possession of a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition on Aug. 24.
Raymore isn’t allowed to have a firearm because of previous convictions for assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, the indictment said.
An Elyria police report said that police spotted Raymore walking on Fuller Road on Aug. 24 and talking on his cell phone. Police had received a report earlier that night about Raymore and other people carrying guns and fighting in Wilkes Villa.
When police tried to stop Raymore, he allegedly took off running with police in pursuit."


Sunday, 24 October 2010

Police: Bar shooting leaves multiple victims | The Columbian

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Police: Bar shooting leaves multiple victims | The Columbian: "Police say a late-night shooting at a Portland bar has left multiple victims.
Spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers received a report of four people shot at the business on southeast Division Street around 1 a.m. Saturday, and on arriving found multiple victims.
He tells The Associated Press that 'it's still not clear' how many people were shot or if there were any deaths. The victims were civilians but he didn't know if they were bar patrons.
Simpson says detectives are investigating if a street gang was involved.
No other details were immediately available."


Violent street gang member named Public Enemy No. 1 | Deseret News

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Violent street gang member named Public Enemy No. 1 | Deseret News: "Unified Police Department has named Juan Carlos Montoya this week's Public Enemy No. 1.
Montoya is a member of a violent street gang and is wanted on a $25,000 warrant for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and on a $5,000 warrant for failure to stop at the command of a police officer.
Montoya is a male Hispanic, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. His nickname is 'Raskal' and he has 'ESR' tattooed on his abdomen, 'QVO' tattooed on his chest, 'BP' on the back of his head and 'Raskal' tattooed on his back.
His previous criminal history includes arrests for domestic battery, assault of a pregnant person, felony possession of a dangerous weapon and several arrests for possession of dangerous drugs."


Bloods Street Gang member charged in March murder | wtnh.com connecticut

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Gang member charged in March murder | wtnh.com connecticut: "Police in New Haven have charged a member of the Bloods Street Gang with murder following a March shooting.
Robert Foy, 25, is also facing assault and gun charges. Police say the victim, 33-year old Shawn Alexander, and another man were sitting in a car on Garden Street when they were shot. Alexander died from his injuries.
Police say Foy is a convicted felon and was on probation at the time of the murder. He is being held on a $2 million bond."


Krazy Locos Gang Member Sentenced To Life - West Palm Beach News Story - WPBF West Palm Beach

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Krazy Locos Gang Member Sentenced To Life - West Palm Beach News Story - WPBF West Palm Beach: "member of the Krazy Locos criminal street gang of Lake Worth was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Manuel DeJesus Medina's sentence will be followed by a consecutive term of 420 months' imprisonment on charges related to two homicides committed in Palm Beach County during January and February 2009.
The charges against Medina and other gang members arose from a joint federal-state investigation into the Krazy Locos gang, which was operating throughout Palm Beach County, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The news release said the Krazy Locos gang has been affiliated at times with another gang, the 'Making Life Krazy' or 'MLK' gang, which also operates in Palm Beach County. From 2007 through 2009, there were about 40 Krazy Locos gang members and associates, the U.S. Department of Justice said."


2 more sentenced in Hilltop Crips crackdown in Tacoma | Crime News - The News Tribune

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2 more sentenced in Hilltop Crips crackdown in Tacoma | Crime News - The News Tribune: "crackdown on alleged members of the Hilltop Crips street gang have been sentenced to prison while a third man arrested in the crackdown had his case dismissed.
Deondre L. Posey, 23, was sentenced Friday to 33 years and four months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm and for shooting a man Sept. 9, 2009. The wounded man was left paralyzed from the waist down. Posey was convicted in an Oct. 6 trial.
Raphiel Justice IV, 31, who had pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for his part in a melee at a Denny’s restaurant Dec. 6, 2008, was sentenced Friday to 12 months and a day in prison.
The rejection of a search warrant led to the dismissal of a federal case against the third man, James R. Henry Jr., 30, who had been charged as an “armed career criminal” with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, law enforcement officers found a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol in Henry’s Tacoma home during a search in February. He was forbidden from possessing a gun after being convicted of four felonies."


Latin Kings | Gang members arrested in warrant sweep

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Northwest Herald | Gang members arrested in warrant sweep: "U.S. Marshals Service, arrested three members of the Latin Kings on Thursday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Omar Manriquez-Cazares, 21, of Woodstock, Gilberto Cazares, 20, of Woodstock, and Gregorio Pena, 26, of Harvard, were arrested during a warrant sweep. All three men have been documented to be members of the Latin Kings Street Gang, the sheriff’s office said.
After a six-month investigation, Omar Manriquez-Cazares and Gilberto Cazares were charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of controlled substance. Omar Manriquez-Cazares’ bond was set at $50,000, and Gilberto Cazares bond was set at $80,000."


Mom Boucher stabbed in prison brawl: reports

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Mom Boucher stabbed in prison brawl: reports: "high-ranking member of the Hells Angels currently serving three life sentences in a Montreal-area jail was reportedly one of two men stabbed within the facility on Saturday.
Various media outlets are reporting that Maurice (Mom) Boucher received only minor injuries in the altercation in the Ste. Anne des Plaines detention centre.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Claude Ross confirmed the SQ responded to reports of an incident in the facility, where Boucher has been held for the past eight years, at around 3:15 p.m. There were four men involved in the altercation, Ross said, and two were injured. When the SQ arrived to escort them to hospital, they refused, leading investigators to conclude their wounds were not severe.
Investigators were still on the scene Saturday night meeting with all four men, Ross said. He could not confirm if Boucher was involved in the incident.
Boucher, the former leader of the Hells Angels' Montreal chapter, was convicted in 2002 of ordering the deaths of prison guards in an attempt to intimidate Quebec justice officials.
He survived a previous attack involving a makeshift knife in the prison's common room later that same year. Boucher was only slightly injured, but his attacker was stabbed 21 times by five other inmates who rushed to Boucher's aid."


Manitoba Warriors, Rolling-pin beating of gang rival nets 4½ years | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

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Rolling-pin beating of gang rival nets 4½ years | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun: "William Goosehead, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
Court heard he was one of six accused who attacked the victim Jan. 10 following a confrontation at a Dufferin Avenue house party. The victim, a long-standing member of the Manitoba Warriors, fled the party with his girlfriend after Goosehead, a member of the Native Syndicate, hit him on the head with a wooden rolling pin.
Crown attorney Rustyn Ullrich said Goosehead and several other gang members and associates chased the victim and knocked him to the ground. Several of the attackers kicked and punched the victim, while Goosehead smashed his face over and over with the rolling pin.
Much of the attack was caught on security video from a nearby autobody shop.
The attackers had turned away from the unconscious man and were returning to the house when Goosehead “decides, in his words, that he is going to finish him off,” Ullrich said.
Goosehead beat the man several more times with the rolling pin before a female co-accused pulled him away.
Police arrested Goosehead and several other co-accused at the house later that night hiding in a crawlspace.
The victim suffered severe head and facial injuries and underwent extensive reconstructive surgery, Ullrich said"


Jonathan Lopez, 18, of La Puente is accused of murdering Emilio Borges of Hacienda Heights in front of a Feb. 27 birthday party

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young gang member is awaiting trial on suspicion of shooting a 24-year-old man to death outside an East Valinda house party earlier this year, investigators announced last week.

Jonathan Lopez, 18, of La Puente is accused of murdering Emilio Borges of Hacienda Heights in front of a Feb. 27 birthday party in the 17000 block of Boulay Street, authorities said.

The attack took place as Borges, along with two passengers, were driving away from the party, Sgt. Brian Schoonmaker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said.

"(Borges) was starting to drive away when the shooter walked up on him and shot him through an unopened window," he said.

A man who was a passenger in Borges' car suffered a grazing wound, while a woman in the car was unhurt, Detective Mike Valento said.

Due to an ongoing investigation, Valento declined to say exactly how detectives identified Lopez as the suspected triggerman in the fatal shooting before arresting him Sept. 30.

"Right now, let's just say the investigation led in his direction," he said.

Investigators said because the shooting occurred outside a party, there were several witnesses present.

"(Lopez) was under surveillance. He was arrested a short distance from his house once he walked away," Valento said.

Lopez was 17 when the fatal shooting took place, though he has since turned 18, Valento said. Because of the seriousness of the crime


Saturday, 23 October 2010

former leader of the violent street gang known as the Playboy Bloods was sentenced

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former leader of the violent street gang known as the Playboy Bloods was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for conspiring to engage in racketeering.

Anthony "Akim Slim" Mabry was one of 10 members of the gang who were arrested in October 2008 after a federal investigation into the gang's activities. Four of the defendants are accused of committing murder and are eligible for the death penalty.
Mabry, 39, said he sold drugs to support his eight children, but he denied participating in the gang's acts of violence.

"I wasn't no vicious person out there," he said.

Mabry pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in February as part of a plea agreement. The deal called for Mabry to receive a 14-year sentence if at least four other defendants pleaded guilty to the same charge.

The agreement allows Mabry to serve the federal sentence while serving the remainder of a state sentence for drug trafficking.

According to court records, the Playboy Bloods operate mainly in a housing complex at H and Doolittle streets and are involved in racketeering acts such as murder, attempted murder, robbery and drug trafficking.

Mabry was once an "O.G." -- a leader known as an "original gangster" -- in the Playboy Bloods. According to his plea memorandum, he agreed with other Playboy Bloods members and associates to manufacture and distribute narcotics, primarily crack cocaine, and to operate drug houses within the gang's turf.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones described Mabry as a career offender and said the sentence reflects that history.

Members of the Playboy Bloods have been linked to the 2004 slaying of 29-year-old security officer Brian Wilcox.


current president, Cisco Valderrama, and vice-president, "Fuzzy." Both are 61.

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current president, Cisco Valderrama, and vice-president, "Fuzzy." Both are 61. Valderrama joined the Angels in 1966 and Fuzzy, a grandfather of two, in 1969.

The Argus story said Fuzzy has remarried and has a four-month-old child. The Oakland clubhouse, the paper reported, is sometimes used for baby showers. And one of the older Angels walks with the aid of a cane.

Which just goes to show – though you may never gain a deeper comprehension – that you can't keep a self-respecting Angel down. For good or ill or both, these guys will be around until they totter defiantly into the sunset on Zimmer frames with "ape-hanger" handlebars.


Monquay Williams, 21 is the fifteenth member of the “Dump Squad” street gang to be convicted

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Monquay Williams, 21, of Newport News, Va ., pled guilty today to conspiracy to engage in racketeering, aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Williams is the fifteenth member of the “Dump Squad” street gang to be convicted since March 2009. Neil H MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Alex J Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Division; James D Fox, Chief of Newport News Police; and Howard E Gwynn, Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by Magistrate Judge Tommy E Miller. Williams, along with five co-defendants also from Newport News, were indicted in June of this year for their alleged violent activities associated with being members of a street gang called the “Dump Squad,” a criminal organization that operated in the Ridley Circle, Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court areas of Newport News.

The gang members established the power of their gang through violence, including the murders of Rashed Caudle on August 9, 2003 and Lorenzo Thomas on September 12, 2005. The indictment charged the defendants with financially supporting the enterprise by trafficking illegal drugs including crack cocaine and marijuana. Williams sentencing is scheduled for February 3, 2011 in Norfolk. Since September 2010, four of his co-defendants have also pled guilty: Haywood Lockhart, 22, pled guilty on September 13, 2010, to his participation in a drug conspiracy.

His sentencing is scheduled for December 9, 2010 in Norfolk. Jayson Bryant, 20, also pled guilty on September 13, 2010, to his participation in a racketeering conspiracy and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. His sentencing is scheduled for December 10, 2010 in Norfolk. Darryl Vaughn, 22, pled guilty on September 28, 2010, to his participation in the racketeering conspiracy and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.


member of the Krazy Locos criminal street gang of Lake Worth was sentenced to life in prison

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member of the Krazy Locos criminal street gang of Lake Worth was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Manuel DeJesus Medina's sentence will be followed by a consecutive term of 420 months' imprisonment on charges related to two homicides committed in Palm Beach County during January and February 2009.
The charges against Medina and other gang members arose from a joint federal-state investigation into the Krazy Locos gang, which was operating throughout Palm Beach County, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The news release said the Krazy Locos gang has been affiliated at times with another gang, the "Making Life Krazy" or "MLK" gang, which also operates in Palm Beach County. From 2007 through 2009, there were about 40 Krazy Locos gang members and associates, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
According to documents filed in court, the Krazy Locos made money through the sale of controlled substances, like oxycodone, Xanax, methadone, cocaine, crack and marijuana.
Medina was also charged for his involvement in two homicides.
On Aug. 6, 2010, Medina pleaded guilty to all charges and admitted that he was the person who shot and killed the two people. Department of Justice officials said Medina agreed to cooperate against the leaders of the gang and provided information regarding their involvement in the two homicides.
Medina was also ordered to pay $34,396.27 in restitution.


members of the Latin Saints street gang, shot at Two-Six gang rivals on the street, hitting Barrera instead.

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gang member will spend 40 to 80 years behind bars after he was convicted Monday night of killing a pregnant woman who had three children in 2007.
Cook County jurors deliberated for around an hour and a half before convicting 21-year-old Orlando Avila of the murder of Leticia Barrera, who was over two months' pregnant.
Prosecutors focused on the testimony of four men who said they saw Avila open fire off the corner of Seeley Avenue and 48th Street in Chicago on Halloween, Barrera's birthday.
Officials say Barrera had just gotten home after trick-or-treating with her young kids when Avila and another shooter, members of the Latin Saints street gang, shot at Two-Six gang rivals on the street, hitting Barrera instead.


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Nicholas Harrell, 31, a known Bloods gang member, was arrested on North Hermitage Avenue

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Nicholas Harrell, 31, a known Bloods gang member, was arrested on North Hermitage Avenue on an outstanding warrant for violating probation in relation to charges of assault and contempt of court. He was turned over to probation officers.


Vancouver gangster and convicted killer Gurmit Singh Dhak was executed

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Vancouver gangster and convicted killer Gurmit Singh Dhak was executed Saturday, three years after he was wounded inside a Kitsilano restaurant.

Dhak, 32, was sitting inside his luxury SUV in the parking lot of Burnaby's Metrotown mall at about 5:50 p.m. when his killer caught up with him.

Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Dhak was alone in the black BMW, though others told The Vancouver Sun that his wife and kids were nearby.

"The shopping centre was open at the time of the shooting, however there were very few shopping patrons in the parking lot at the time of the incident," Carr said.

He said the murder appears "very targeted."

Dhak was shot in the face, which is often the mark of a professional hit.

Police have seized surveillance video from the mall's security team.

Dhak and his brother Sukhveer have a long list of enemies.

Gurmit Dhak refused to help police catch the masked gunmen who shot him in September 2007 while he was at a birthday party at Quattro on Fourth in Vancouver.

Dhak, who has been associated with a criminal organization dubbed "Billy's Crew," was charged in 2005 with uttering threats to Vancouver police who stopped his Lexus SUV after it had been shot up outside Club Uranus, a strip bar at 315 East Broadway in Vancouver.

At the time, police said Dhak was "very confrontational, very uncooperative with police and he made some threats."

In April 2003, he got seven years in jail for the 1999 slaying of a 19-year-old who was shot in the head by a passenger in Dhak's vehicle, after Dhak lowered the window so the killer could take aim. At the time of the shooting, Dhak was on probation and under a court-imposed curfew.

When the former South Slope gangster was arrested, police discovered two loaded guns and three balaclavas hidden in an airbag compartment in the vehicle. The guns were linked to a December 1998 nonfatal shooting of five men at the New Lucky Garden Restaurant.

Carr said forensic identification specialists conducted a comprehensive examination of the Metrotown scene fairly near the Sears store in the mall. "During the preliminary examination of the scene, it appears as though no other vehicle in the vicinity was struck by any of the shots fired," Carr said.

Dhak's brother Sukhveer and two co-accused are due back in Vancouver Provincial Court in November on trafficking and conspiracy charges laid in September 2008.

Meanwhile, Abbotsford police were at the scene late Sunday of another targeted shooting. The victim was expected to recover.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Target+survived+earlier+attempt+life/3686904/story.html#ixzz12yZOTu6n


Joseph P. Curry, an associate of imprisoned B.C. drug lord Clay Roueche, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to importation of Ecstasy

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Joseph P. Curry, an associate of imprisoned B.C. drug lord Clay Roueche, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to importation of Ecstasy, possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute and entry without inspection. He faces a maximum 20 years in federal prison and is being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked Thursday evening.

He was ordered extradited to the United States from Canada in February, according to the Vancouver Sun.

The case began on Aug. 10, 2007, when federal agents say Curry, 49, abandoned a small Cessna about 35 miles from the Canadian border in Okanogan County. Three duffel bags containing Ecstasy pills were found nearby; Curry has told investigators the drugs were not his and said he knew nothing about them, according to court documents.

Curry was named as a suspect in the 2009Operation Blade Runner international drug bust, which also included arrests in Eastern Washington and North Idaho and led to the suicide of young helicopter pilot Samuel Lindsay-Brown (left) in the Spokane County Jail.

About a week after Lindsay-Brown’s death on Feb. 27, 2009, another young Canadian man, Jeremy Snow, was arrested near Priest Lake with a helicopter filled with marijuana. The helicopter belonged to a friend of Curry’s, and authorities believe Curry helped load the helicopter in Canada, according to court documents.

Federal agents say Curry is an associate of the United Nations gang in Vancouver, B.C. Roueche, the gang leader, was sentenced to 30 years in prison last December. Prosecutors say the gang ran a drug ring that used a network of helicopters, planes, semi-trucks and other methods to move tons of marijuana and cocaine and millions of dollars through Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Curry and Roueche are pictured at right at the funeral of a UN gang member who was killed in a drug-related shooting in Canada. The photo was included in Roueche’s case file.

Court documents prepared by investigators in August 2007 called Curry “a known suspect in multiple narcotics trafficking cases in Eastern District of Washington.”

In May 2006, a law enforcement helicopter spotted Curry’s car meeting with a helicopter in a remote location in B.C. More than 100 kilograms of marijuana in duffel bags was transferred to the helicopter, which was intercepted by law enforcement at a remote location in Eastern Washington.

Authorities never identified the driver of the vehicle, but Curry’s name came up less than a year later when federal agents found the abandoned plane and nearby Ecstasy stash. The plane had a “for sale” sign that listed Curry’s phone number.

Curry’s lawyer called authorities on Aug. 13, 2007, and asked for the plane back, saying his client had experienced engine problems and bad weather.

A grand jury indicted Curry the next month. He was extradited to Western Washington before arriving in Spokane last week, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice.


James Ross, 26, has ear, fingers & toes chopped off during drug gang kidnap ordeal in Portugal - The Daily Record

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Scot has ear, fingers & toes chopped off during drug gang kidnap ordeal in Portugal - The Daily Record: "SCOT had an ear, two fingers and three toes chopped off during a horrific kidnap ordeal over an alleged £10,000 drug debt.
James Ross, 26, was tortured in a villa on the Algarve for 13 days after being lured to Portugal by a gang of Brits.
Dad-of-two Ross, from Wick, Caithness, was found bleeding in the street in the village of Alfontes, near Loule, by Carlos Pereira.
Carlos said: 'He came staggering towards me, asking me to stop, waving his arms in the air.
'He had no left ear and was missing two fingers on his left hand, a toe from one foot and two from the other. He also had a leg wound.'
Ross told him he had been involved in a road accident.
Mr Pereira said: 'He was very white. He said, 'Please, please, telephone'. I decided to put him in my van and drove him to a square, near a cafe, and called the police.'
Alerted Northern Constabulary had ranked Ross as a 'high risk' missing person and alerted the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency and Portuguese cops.
Ross's sister Gayle last night said the family did not wish to comment, adding: 'We actually don't know anything. The police have never been in contact with us so I don't want to say any more.'
A Portuguese newspaper claimed Ross owed fellow Brit John Maclean £10,000 over a cannabis deal."


Tuesday, 19 October 2010

scathing court ruling slamming the jailhouse treatment of notorious gangster Jamie Bacon

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Province nixes appeal of Bacon jail decision: "B.C. government officials have changed their mind about appealing a scathing court ruling slamming the jailhouse treatment of notorious gangster Jamie Bacon.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled Bacon was held under 'deplorable' conditions while awaiting trial in a Vancouver-area jail for the Surrey Six murders -- the province's worst gangland slaying.
Attorney General Mike de Jong announced in July that the government had filed an appeal of the ruling, which also said the jail's warden had inappropriately acted as an agent of the police in keeping Bacon in solitary confinement.
De Jong's spokeswoman Linda Mueller confirmed this week that the appeal has now been withdrawn but refused to explain why.
'As civil and criminal court proceedings are ongoing, the Ministry of Attorney General is unable to comment on the appeal other than to confirm it has been discontinued,' she said.
Since the ruling by Justice Mark McEwan in June, Bacon has been housed with his brother and fellow Red Scorpions gangster Jarrod Bacon, who is awaiting trial in a drug conspiracy case, and another gang associate Albert Jackman, who is awaiting trial in a separate murder case. There are also other inmates in their area."


Monday, 18 October 2010

member of the “Folk Nation” street gang was arrested for selling cocaine

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URGENT task force arrests alleged gang member for selling cocaine | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal: "member of the “Folk Nation” street gang was arrested for selling cocaine following a tip received by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team on Tuesday, police said.


Gabriel Valles, 29, of Kingston, was charged with third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, and first degree loitering, a misdemeanor."


Sledgehammer gang's daring daylight jewellery raid foiled by 50 angry shoppers | Mail Online

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Sledgehammer gang's daring daylight jewellery raid foiled by 50 angry shoppers | Mail Online: "daylight jewellery store raid was foiled yesterday when members of the public wrestled a masked robber to the ground.
Five sledgehammer-wielding thieves arrived on motorbikes and smashed their way into the shop on a busy London street, grabbing armfuls of watches from the front window.
But as they made their getaway, passers-by pulled one from his bike and pinned him down until police arrived."


Ex-gangster gunned down at Vancouver mall,Dhak was shot in the face, which is often the mark of a professional hit

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Ex-gangster gunned down at Vancouver mall: "longtime Vancouver gangster and convicted killer was gunned down Saturday, three years after he was wounded inside a restaurant.
Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, was sitting inside his luxury SUV in the parking lot of the Metrotown mall at about 5:50 p.m. when he was shot.
Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Dhak was alone in the black BMW, though others told The Vancouver Sun that his wife and kids were nearby.
“The shopping centre was open at the time of the shooting, however there were very few shopping patrons in the parking lot at the time of the incident,” Carr said.
He said the shooting appears “very targeted.”
Dhak was shot in the face, which is often the mark of a professional hit."


Police Hunt for Killers of Gangster Gurmit Singh Dhak - The Real Scoop

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Police Hunt for Killers of Gangster Gurmit Singh Dhak - The Real Scoop: "Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is now searching for the assassin of Gurmit Singh Dhak, a long-time Vancouver gangster who himself was convicted of manslaughter.
He was gunned down in the parking lot of Metrotown Saturday.
Dhak had a long list of enemies. He was wounded in a shooting at Quattro on Fourth in September 2007 and refused to cooperate with police afterwards.
His brother Sukhveer is still before the courts in a trafficking and conspiracy case."


Ducarme Joseph house up for sale for $1.6 million.

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Ducarme Joseph, behind bars after surviving an assassination attempt this spring, owns a six-bedroom stone mansion in a toney district of a Montreal suburb and he's put it up for sale for $1.6 million.

The selling price for the stone-faced luxury home at 64 Radisson Street in Dollard des Ormeaux is $250,000 more than Joseph paid for it in September 2008, property records show.

Despite Joseph's lengthy criminal history and record for drug trafficking, violent physical assaults and gun violence, including a case where he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and forcing a 12-year-old girl into prostitution, banking giant HSBC gave Joseph a $1,275,000 mortgage to help buy the Dollard home, a QMI Agency investigation has found.

This fall, HSBC was linked to efforts to provide 1,700 Canadians with secret Swiss bank accounts, and the federal and Quebec governments are now investigating possible tax evasion.

Joseph, who is scheduled to be released from a jail in Rimouski, Que., sometime between now and Nov. 1, needs either a sale or fast cash because he now risks losing his home, records show.

The cities of Montreal and Dollard des Ormeaux have filed notices they may seize the home for non-payment of property taxes.

His city tax bill is more than $10,500 a year; school taxes are another $4,600 a year, according to the real estate agent's listing statement.

HSBC filed a $24,569 lien against the property last month for unpaid debts.

Real estate agent Fadi Kaouk of Royal Lepage in St-Leonard, Que., confirms the house has been on the market for two months and that there have been a few visits. Kaouk describes Joseph's Dollard-Des-Ormeaux home as "a majestic stone cottage." Its interior features six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a double garage with enough space to park six cars.

The residence includes three levels. All feature either ceramic or hardwood floors.

It also features a luxury gourmet kitchen with gleaming new appliances, though Joseph was frequently seen in the city's priciest restaurants, bars and eateries. It also includes an outdoor inground heated pool and hot tub, a well-equipped gym - and a sophisticated alarm system.

A video of Joseph's home appears on YouTube.

It shows very expensive leather furniture and sofas, massive flat-screen televisions, four-post wooden beds worth thousands of dollars each, the private gym, and a built-in and well-stocked wine rack in the gourmet kitchen.

It is not clear why police have not already seized Joseph's home using federal proceeds of crime legislation, which allows police investigators, with court permission, to seize assets and freeze bank accounts of known organized crime leaders.

However, Joseph has bragged of having influence in the political world, according to a 43-page police intelligence report by Montreal Police Sgt Det. Jean-Claude Gauthier that was tabled during a Quebec Court bail hearing this spring.

The police report stated Joseph was the leader of a violent street gang known as the 67's, named after a city bus that travels in the St. Michel District of the north-end Montreal.

It also described a summer 2009 incident that saw Joseph step in front of Montreal police officers as they tried to arrest a suspect who refused to identify himself in a downtown bar.

Joseph told the officers he would sick his lawyers on them, adding "that he knew people in politics who were far more influential than the City of Montreal police chief," according to the intelligence report. The people to whom Joseph was referring were not identified.


Saturday, 16 October 2010

Hartley was killed by members of a powerful Mexico-based organized crime organization known as Los Zetas

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Mexican officials who are investigating the case believe Hartley was killed by members of a powerful Mexico-based organized crime organization known as Los Zetas, a group long on the radar of American law enforcement and the U.S. Justice Department.


The Department of Justice’s coordinated actions against the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas drug trafficking organization, now known as the “Company,” resulted in a number of indictments of the gang’s leaders prior to the Hartley murder case. One of those charged last year, Miguel Trevino-Morales, was a principal leader of Los Zetas, originally a security force used by the Gulf Cartel. Los Zetas, whose origin includes former members of the Air Mobile Special Forces Group of the Mexican military, have evolved into not only a security force but a drug trafficking organization in their own right.


American tourist who reportedly was shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake may have been a victim of mistaken identity

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American tourist who reportedly was shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake may have been a victim of mistaken identity, a U.S. consulate official said Thursday.
"I think what you had is two innocent American tourists who mistakenly stumbled into a bad area and were pursued and the shooting occurred," said Brian Quigley, spokesman for the U.S. consulate in Matamoros, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.
Quigley was responding to a report by Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based public policy research group that analyzes the Mexican drug war. The report suggests that David and Tiffany Hartley of McAllen, Texas, may have been mistaken for drug runners and attacked.
Mexico suspended its search for David Hartley indefinitely on Thursday, an official said.
"There is a recess," Ruben Dario Rios Lopez, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office in Tamaulipas, told The Monitor of McAllen in a copyright story in its online edition Thursday. "We are going to look into new strategies between both U.S. and Mexican authorities in order to see what we can do, because up to now we have not been able to recover the body of this person."
Calls by The Associated Press to Rios' office in the Tamaulipas capital, Ciudad Victoria, were not answered Thursday night. An officer who answered the phone at the Tamaulipas state police office in Ciudad Miguel Aleman, near the lake, said he was not allowed to comment. Calls and messages left with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's staff were not returned.
Tiffany Hartley says that on Sept. 30, she and her husband, David, were returning to the United States from Mexico where they went to photograph a historic, half-submerged church.
They were crossing Falcon Lake on Jet Skis when pirates who patrol the Mexican half of the lake opened fire, shooting David in the back of the head. Tiffany Hartley says she barely escaped with her life after vain attempts to save her husband while men on three speedboats pursued them, firing their guns.
Texas officials have warned boaters to stay away from the Mexican side of the lake after several fishermen were robbed earlier this year. Hartley's death was the first violent attack on the lake, which was created by damming a section of the Rio Grande.
The Stratfor report says the Hartleys' truck holding the Jet Skis had Tamaulipas, Mexico, license plates, which may have led pirates or drug gangsters to think they were from a rival gang and were spying on them.
The Hartleys lived in Reynosa, Mexico, a city across the border from McAllen, until recently, when David Hartley's employer, an oil and gas company, decided it was too dangerous for them to live in Mexico.
Tamaulipas state is the center of a violent rivalry between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, a brutal drug gang made up of former Mexican special-forces soldiers. The search for Hartley's body has been repeatedly hampered by threats of an ambush from drug gangs, presumably the Zetas.
This week, a state police commander in Tamaulipas, Rolando Flores, who was investigating the Hartley disappearance, was killed, his decapitated head delivered in a suitcase to a local Mexican army post.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the investigator's killing Thursday, calling it an example of "the absolute barbarity" displayed by terrorists and criminals around the world.
Clinton, traveling in Europe, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that the U.S. government is doing everything possible to help the Hartley family.
"The beheaded body of the brave Mexican investigator that just showed up shows what we're dealing with," Clinton said.
Mexican authorities say they don't know if Flores' death was related to the Hartley case because he was working on numerous investigations involving drug gangs. The killings of police officials have become common in Mexico.
Quigley said there is "a possibility" that there is a connection.
Although no sign of Hartley or his Jet Ski have been found after more than a week of searching the lake, Quigley and local officials in Texas say they still believe Tiffany Hartley's story. The Stratfor report theorized that once the killers realized Hartley was an American, they destroyed the body to avoid a U.S. backlash.
"We have absolutely no reason whatsoever to doubt anything Mrs. Hartley has told us," Quigley said.
A search for a Mexican citizen would have been called off after three days, said Bolivar Hernandez, a mid-level official with the Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office, told The Monitor. Still, word of the suspension surprised Hartley's family.
"If that's true, that upsets me, to know that maybe the cartel's getting their way," said Pam Hartley, David's Hartley's mother.
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Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/world/us-official-americans-slaying-on-mexican-border-lake-possibly-case-of-mistaken-identity-104978514.html#ixzz12W8Nay2o


known as "stain" in the world of the Bloods street gang

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known as "stain" in the world of the Bloods street gang, Ocean County Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone argued to a jury on Friday.

That teenager, Anthony Skyers, 18, was executed on June 5, 2008, shot twice in the head, once at almost point-blank range, and his body found the next day on a wooded trail near the High Point Condominiums in Lakewood by a young man taking a shortcut through the woods, Weatherstone said.


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Weatherstone argued Thigpen, now 34, of Robersonville, N.C., came to Lakewood and executed Skyers at the behest of a high-ranking member of the Bloods to gain entry, respect and status in the gang.

That gang member, Dyshon Ragland, 24, of Lakewood, who has a murder charge pending against him, wanted Skyers dead because he mistakenly thought Skyers was snitching on him to police about a robbery at a Subway sandwich shop in Toms River that February, at which Skyers was present, the assistant prosecutor said.

"Dennis Thigpen killed Anthony Skyers because Anthony Skyers was a steppingstone," Weatherstone said in his closing argument to the jury in the trial of Thigpen before Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson.

Thigpen is charged with Skyers' murder, conspiring with Ragland to commit the murder and possessing a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

"Anthony Skyers was a way for Dennis Thigpen to obtain the status and stain that he deserved . . . from being someone who people took care of to being a leader who earned and deserved respect," Weatherstone said.

The assistant prosecutor noted that Skyers would have turned 21 this past Wednesday.

Defense attorney John Koufos argued there were no eyewitnesses who put Thigpen at the crime scene, no murder weapon recovered and no physical evidence tying his client to the killing.

"What happened that night in the woods is a tragedy. A man's dead. . . ." Koufos told the jury. "But don't compound a tragedy."

Koufos cast suspicion on another gang member, Christopher Brown, who testified that Ragland took him to the woods that night to show him Skyers' body, and he questioned the credibility of a witness — Ragland's girlfriend, Zenobia Jackson — who said Thigpen showed up at her apartment in the High Point complex that night, looking like he had just killed someone.

The defense attorney argued that if a ranking member of the gang wanted someone dead, he would turn to a trusted member to carry it out, not an outsider like Thigpen.

But Weatherstone said the proof that Thigpen carried out the murder for Ragland came from the defendant's own mouth: He bragged about it to other gang members, demanding their respect for having committed the killing.

The jury began deliberating late in the afternoon, but did not yet reach a verdict. The panel will resume deliberations on Monday.


wide-ranging criminal case against 36 alleged members of the Hilltop Crips street gang.

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Six men were convicted or pleaded guilty this week in connection with a wide-ranging criminal case against 36 alleged members of the Hilltop Crips street gang.

A jury on Thursday convicted Darryl Anthony Henderson, 33, and Deandre Lamar Beck, 28, of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first-degree robbery and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Henderson faces 13 to 14 years in prison and is to be sentenced Nov. 10. Beck will face about 10 years in custody when sentenced Oct. 22.

Pierce County prosecutors accused the two of taking part in a beating and robbery outside the Pine Street Landing Bar, 3832 S. Pine St., on July 22, 2009. The victim said he was jumped by five men and his car was stolen, charging documents state.

Henderson and Beck were among 36 alleged members of the Crips accused of committing crimes throughout the city. The men were charged in February after a law enforcement crackdown on the gang.

Four other alleged Crips pleaded guilty earlier this week:

• Errol Bobby Mayers, 30, entered a modified guilty plea Tuesday to rioting and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting. Prosecutors said he took part in a melee Dec. 6, 2008, inside the Denny’s at 8614 S. Hosmer St. and in a shooting in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Mayers faces three to four years in prison when sentenced Dec. 3.

• Andre Lashawn Bonds, 38, entered a modified guilty plea Tuesday to conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting and riot and noted in court documents the likelihood of his conviction at trial on the original charges.

Prosecutors said he took part in the melee and shooting Dec. 6, 2008, at the Denny’s. Bonds, who’s been serving time on an unrelated assault conviction, faces five years in prison when sentenced Jan. 7.

• Larry Brown, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and riot in connection with the Denny’s melee and shooting. Prosecutors have indicated in court documents they will seek an exceptional sentence of 10 years in prison when Brown is sentenced Nov. 5.

• Raphiel Justice IV, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault Tuesday in connection with the Denny’s incidents. He faces 12 months to one year, four months in prison when sentenced Oct. 22.

Seven of the 36 defendants still face trial in Superior Court, and one faces federal charges. Two of the seven defendants have been convicted of most of the charges against them and await trial on one count of criminal conspiracy.

Twenty-seven of the defendants have been convicted of various charges, and one had a lone count of criminal conspiracy against him dismissed.



Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/16/1384323/6-in-court-as-gang-trials-continue.html#ixzz12W2b9Mrn


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

'Medellin gang members willing to demobilize' - Colombia news | Colombia Reports

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'Medellin gang members willing to demobilize' - Colombia news | Colombia Reports: "Thousand Medellin gang members want to hand in their weapons and reintegrate into society, but demand 'legal guarantees' of the government, representatives wrote President Juan Manuel Santos.
'Recently, more than a thousand persons involved in gangs have showed us their willingness to leave the violence, but don't see the legal or social guarantees needed to reintegrate in society,' Spanish press agency EFE quoted the letter.
The letter was also given to Santos when he was in the capital of Antioquia on Saturday for a communal meeting.
The letter urges special legislation to deal with the problems with violence in Medellin, where more than 1,600 people were murdered and at least 2,500 displaced so far this year.
The letter was signed by the 'facilitation commission of peace,' that also brokered a temporary cease fire between gangs in early 2010.
The 'commission' supports 'the efforts of the Mayor of Medellin, Alonso Salazar, to counter the urban violence.'"


Bay of Plenty Mongrel Mob gang members and a Tribesman gang member,Gang tensions running high before teen's death | Stuff.co.nz

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Gang tensions running high before teen's death | Stuff.co.nz: "Tensions began to flare between Bay of Plenty Mongrel Mob gang members and a Tribesman gang member the day before the hit-and-run death of teenager Jordan Herewini last year, the High Court at Rotorua has heard today.
Andrew Maki told the court two young men wearing red, the recognised Mongrel Mob colour, took exception to a man wearing a yellow T-shirt while having a family day out at a swimming hole in Murupara. Yellow is the adopted colour of Murupara's Tribesmen gang.
Mr Maki is the first of 85 Crown witnesses to give evidence in the trial of eight Kawerau Mongrel Mob members over Jordan's violent death.
Quentin Duane Pukeroa is charged with the murder of Jordan and the attempted murder of Iwi Delamere.
The remainder face a raft of charges related to these incidents. All have pleaded not guilty.
Jordan, 16, died at his home in January last year after being run down by a ute in Murupara, 63km southeast of Rotorua."


Latin King Goonies Gang: Anti-gay NYC attack laced with hate speech - Nation - TheState.com

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DA: Anti-gay NYC attack laced with hate speech - Nation - TheState.com: "Gang members used an anti-gay slur to ask two teen boys and a 30-year-old man about their sexuality before brutally torturing and beating them last week in a working-class Bronx neighborhood, authorities said in court, where eight suspects stood with drooped heads at their first appearance as their relatives wept behind them.
During the proceeding Sunday, Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb said that each victim was asked prior to being beaten in the Oct. 3 attacks: 'Is it true that you're a fag?'
The defendants did not enter pleas to charges that include robbery, assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes. The most serious charge carried a potential 25-year prison term. Police were looking for a ninth suspect, who had been expected to turn himself in but didn't show."


Drug fugitives from Chicago captured in Mexico | abc7chicago.com

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Drug fugitives from Chicago captured in Mexico | abc7chicago.com: "Nine years on the run has come to an end for a Chicago couple. The fugitives were finally found in Mexico and taken into custody on U.S. drug charges.
Federal authorities arrested Juan Carlos Duran and Dionne Garcia.
At first glance they appeared to be an ideal couple with a picture perfect Chicago family. But in 2001 when Juan Duran and Dionne Garcia were charged in as the leaders of a gang drug operation, their all-American bubble popped, and investigators say they left the country.
The FBI's 'Operation Blue Water' targeted lucrative PCP labs run by Chicago's Ambrose Street gang on the Southwest Side and in Northwest Indiana.
The couple led the angel dust network according to federal agents, who put them atop the 51 people charged.
Juan Carlos Duran, nicknamed Psycho, evaded arrest in December 2001. His common law wife Dionne Garcia was arrested and charged with drug conspiracy, but was allowed out on home monitoring because she was eight months pregnant."


Ashland Police: Men had loaded revolver in car - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News

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Ashland Police: Men had loaded revolver in car - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News: "Richard Barlatier, 20, of 238 Beacon St., Framingham; Robert McDaniel, 23, of 734 River Ave., Providence, R.I.; and James Salvi, 25, of 78 Colonel Bell Drive, Brockton, are all being held at the Ashland Police Department on $25,000 bail following their 8:50 p.m. arrest on Myrtle Street, police spokesman Lt. Richard Briggs said.
Officer Douglas Grout pulled over the car around 8:30 p.m. because it was speeding, the lieutenant said.
When he got to the open window, he noticed that the driver, McDaniel, smelled of alcohol and he ordered all three men out of the car, Briggs said."


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member will appear in court today charged with conspiracy to murder

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Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online: "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member will appear in court today charged with conspiracy to murder following investigations into the shooting of Peter Zervas last March.

On 29 March 2009, Hells Angels member Peter Zervas was shot a number of times as he got out of his car in the driveway of his home at Lakemba.

Strike Force Mezen, comprising officers from the State Crime Command’s Gang Squad, was formed to investigate the shooting and, about 2pm yesterday, detectives attended a unit in Aurora Place at Redfern.

A 28-year-old man, who police will allege is a member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was arrested at the premises and taken to Redfern Police Station."


Monday, 11 October 2010

Newtown's Second Line: The rise of a violent Sarasota gang | HeraldTribune.com

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Newtown's Second Line: The rise of a violent Sarasota gang | HeraldTribune.com: "four robbers wore masks as they approached Warren 'Redd' Anderson. One of them carried an assault rifle, taking aim at Anderson from a vacant lot across the darkened street.
Someone yelled 'Get down!' and a bullet came so close Anderson could hear it hiss through the air. He was carrying a large black bag, and as two more shots rang out he dropped it and ran for cover, sprinting around the corner of a house.
Anderson, a barber, watched the robbers rummage through the bag that contained the tools of his trade -- scissors, razors and several dozen pairs of electric trimmers."


Eyewitness News: ’Gang violence’ erupts in Cape Town suburb

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Eyewitness News: ’Gang violence’ erupts in Cape Town suburb: "One person has been killed and at two others wounded in what is thought to be a spate of gang-related shootings in Cape Town.

Locals in Hanover Park said there were at least three separate shootings in the area on Monday morning.

This is the latest flare-up of violence in the suburb, which has in the past been the scene of ongoing battles between rival gangs.

The local community policing forums’ Abrahim Abrahams said the incidents are both gang- and drug-related.

“I’m not happy with what’s happening. We are going to use the full force of the law to try and bring this under control,” he added."


Eight 'Latin King Goonies' Arraigned In NY Anti-Gay Hate Crime Spree | On Top Magazine :: Gay & Lesbian News, Entertainment, Commentary & Travel

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Eight 'Latin King Goonies' Arraigned In NY Anti-Gay Hate Crime Spree | On Top Magazine :: Gay & Lesbian News, Entertainment, Commentary & Travel: "Eight members of the New York street gang Latin King Goonies faced a judge Sunday for their involvement in a recent anti-gay hate crime spree. A ninth suspect remains at large, NY1.com reported.
The suspects are accused of attacking 3 gay men in the Bronx. They have been charged with kidnapping, sodomy and robbery as a hate crime.
On Friday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that seven gang members – two men, along with 5 teens – had been taken into custody. The following day, Elmer “Macho” Confresi, 23, turned himself in to authorities.
After learning that a 17-year-old aspiring member is gay, the suspects grabbed the youth off the street on Sunday morning and forced him into a vacant apartment, where he was beaten and sodomized with the handle of a plunger until he confessed to having a romantic relationship with a 30-year-old man, police say."


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Bloods gang member faces life in prison for fatal shooting in Elizabeth | NJ.com

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Bloods gang member faces life in prison for fatal shooting in Elizabeth | NJ.com: "member of the Bloods street gang faces life in prison after being convicted in the shooting death of an Elizabeth man, authorities said today.
Eric Birthwright, 24, was found guilty of murder Thursday after a month-long trial before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim, said Assistant Union County Prosecutor James Donnelly.
The jury found Birthwright, a confirmed member of the Bloods, shot Wiley Kinman, 35, three times on Nov. 14, 2006, outside building 39 of the Mravlag Manor public housing complex at Bayway and Maple avenues in Elizabeth."


Markham ID'd as gang member at separate hearing - ContraCostaTimes.com

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Markham ID'd as gang member at separate hearing - ContraCostaTimes.com: "Terrell 'T-Money' Markham was named among other members of the I.E. Projects street gang who were arrested Aug. 8 for hanging out together in the gang's injunction area.
The news about Markham, 19, was revealed Friday during a probation violation hearing for Dennis Lyn Houston in a drug and weapons case in San Bernardino Superior Court. Markham was identified as a member of the Projects gang at the hearing.
After listening to witness testimony, Judge Brian McCarville determined that Houston had failed to register as a drug user and a gang member, was with known convicted felons and did not carry his probation terms with him during two stops by law enforcement on Aug. 5 and Aug. 8.
Houston was sentenced to five years in state prison, a sentence that had been suspended on July 13 when he entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors and was granted probation. Within less than a month, Houston was back in custody.
'I know that I messed up,' said Houston, also apologizing to everyone for wasting time. He said he would accept his sentence if he was sent to prison."


Tacoma: Hilltop Crips gang suspect convicted of attempted murder | Pending - The News Tribune

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Tacoma: Hilltop Crips gang suspect convicted of attempted murder | Pending - The News Tribune: "Pierce County jury Wednesday convicted a suspected member of the Hilltop Crips street gang of attempted first-degree murder in a shooting that left a man paralyzed.
Deondre L. Posey, 23, faces at least 39 years, three months in prison when sentenced Oct. 22, deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said Thursday. He also was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
Prosecutors contended Posey shot a man Sept. 9, 2009, in the 1400 block of South M Street. Fellow Crips were angry with the man because they’d heard he’d made derogatory remarks about them and might have been dealing drugs on their turf, court records state.
The man is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his wounds."


Youth, 17, stabbed to death in horror attack - Evening Times | News | Editor's Picks

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Youth, 17, stabbed to death in horror attack - Evening Times | News | Editor's Picks: "The 17-year-old, who has not yet been named, was left lying in a pool of blood, with injuries to his upper body, in Pollokshaws Road near to the entrance to Pollok Park.
The victim’s friends, who were with him at the time, watched in horror as he was savagely attacked by the gang.
Officers swooped on the area following the attack which took place around 11.50pm last night.
Emergency services raced to the scene and several streets were immediately cordoned off.
Paramedics treated the teenager at the scene before he was rushed by ambulance to Victoria Infirmary where he later died.
Two cars, a BMW and the Mitsubishi sat beside each other today with their number plates covered near the entrance of Pollok Park, but it was not immediately clear how they were involved.
A young man, who said he was a friend of the tragic teenager, arrived at the scene in a distressed state"


2nd suspect ID'd in May drive-by shooting death in Modesto - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

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2nd suspect ID'd in May drive-by shooting death in Modesto - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee: "Police have identified the second suspect in a gang-related drive-by shooting that killed a Modesto man in May.
Suspect Sergio Everesto Martinez, 18, is wanted in the murder of Enrique Garcia Jr., and is considered armed and dangerous.
Police found Garcia, 30, May 18 after he crashed his car into a tree on the 300 block of Maple Street. Garcia had been shot several times and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead."


Saturday, 9 October 2010

member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was arrested at the premises and taken to Redfern Police Station

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Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online: "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member will appear in court today charged with conspiracy to murder following investigations into the shooting of Peter Zervas last March.

On 29 March 2009, Hells Angels member Peter Zervas was shot a number of times as he got out of his car in the driveway of his home at Lakemba.

Strike Force Mezen, comprising officers from the State Crime Command’s Gang Squad, was formed to investigate the shooting and, about 2pm yesterday, detectives attended a unit in Aurora Place at Redfern.

A 28-year-old man, who police will allege is a member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was arrested at the premises and taken to Redfern Police Station."


Friday, 8 October 2010

Why has Britain become a battle ground for foreign gangs? | Immigration Guide

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Why has Britain become a battle ground for foreign gangs? | Immigration Guide: "500 suspected Jamaican criminals handling in Britain, using a drug traffic which brings about 200 pounds of heroin from Jamaica in to Britain any week with a travel value of some-more than £4.5m.
The upsurge has took off neatly in a past eighteen months, mostly as a outcome of tougher immigration controls by a United States. Yardie gangsters find it not usually simpler to come in Britain though can additionally have bigger increase than in a US, where a travel cost of heroin has slumped.
“More as good as some-more of a criminals of a Jamaican gangs have been starting to a UK,” pronounced Tony Hewitt, a comparison superintendent with Jamaica’s Special Branch. “It seems which each time you poke for a man, you listen to which he is in England.”
The consequences can increasingly be seen upon Britain’s streets. Incidents involving Yardie-style gangs in London some-more than doubled in January, compared with a same month final year. In England as good as Wales, a poignant suit of a 9 per cent climb in gun crime final year to a jot down 4,019 incidents is attributed to Yardie gun culture.
So engrained have been a Yardies in London which partial of Brixton in a south of a collateral is good well good well known as Little Tivoli, declared after Tivoli Gardens.
However, it is not only London where a Yardies have determined strongholds. Seven military forces covering cities from Leeds as good as Leicester to Southampton as good as Plymouth have right away launched operations identical to a Metropolitan police’s Operation Trident, set up 5 years ago to plunge into black-on-black gun crime."


Va. Gang Leader Sentenced To Life In Prison - wjz.com

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Va. Gang Leader Sentenced To Life In Prison - wjz.com: "founder of a street gang that a prosecutor says terrorized neighborhoods in three cities has been sentenced to life in prison.

James Mack Spaights had pleaded guilty in June to one RICO count and a firearms charge. The 25-year-old Portsmouth man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to life plus 10 years.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says Spaights was the founder and a top leader of the Bounty Hunter Bloods/Nine Tech Gangster gang. The RICO racketeering activities included attempted murder, robberies and illegal drug distribution."


rapper Lil Wayne can expect to spend the rest of his time behind bars on Rikers Island going solo.

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rapper Lil Wayne can expect to spend the rest of his time behind bars on Rikers Island going solo.

Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello says Lil Wayne was moved into what jail officials call "punitive segregation" on Monday. It's the punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in a potato chip bag in his cell.

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The rapper, born Dwayne Carter, has been in jail since March and is expected to be released Nov. 4. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. His lawyer did not immediately comment Monday.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Police raid bikie clubhouse - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Police raid bikie clubhouse - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Heavily armed police have raided the Beaconsfield clubhouse of the Coffin Cheaters motorcycle gang, as they search for a gun used in a weekend fight.
The violence broke out between the Coffin Cheaters and rival bikie gang the Finks at the Kwinana Motorplex.
Three members of the Finks were taken to hospital.
One had been shot in the leg, and another had three fingers severed."


searching for the shooter in Tuesday's melee that killed Latin Life gang member Gregorio Santana, 23, and critically injured his twin brother.

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Deputies search for Riverview shooter - St. Petersburg Times: "Deputies are searching for the shooter in Tuesday's melee that killed Latin Life gang member Gregorio Santana, 23, and critically injured his twin brother.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for Mario Mercado, 21, of 12502 Elnora Drive in Riverview, charging him with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
This is what deputies say happened:
Tuesday evening, a group that included several gang members started arguing outside the Life Saver convenience store in Riverview. The group left but continued arguing in front of a home on Glenshire Drive.
During the fight, West Side gang member Christopher Sanchez, 22, was hit with a beer bottle thrown by an unknown person. Mercado then pulled out a pistol and opened fire on Gregorio Santana and his twin brother, Felix Santana"


“Duhre group.”“prevalent” group operating in the city.

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Abbotsford News - Abbotsford Police name 'prevalent' gang: "For the first time since the gang suppression unit (GSU) formed in April, Abbotsford Police have released the name of what they say is a “prevalent” group operating in the city.
Police said four people arrested last week in three separate busts (see separate story) are associated with what they are referring to as the “Duhre group.”
Const. Ian MacDonald said the Duhre group is now operating actively in Abbotsford, filling in a gap left by the arrests of several prominent Red Scorpions, including the Bacon brothers.
“If they see an opportunity, some people are going to take advantage of that,” MacDonald said."


Police seek two suspects in Calgary killing of Vancouver gangster

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Police seek two suspects in Calgary killing of Vancouver gangster: "Police know at least two men laid in wait and ambushed a former B.C. gangster gunned down outside a Calgary nightclub, but are no closer to catching his killers a year later.
Someone killed David Tajali, 33, and wounded his younger brother, Niki, during a confrontation in the parking lot behind 1812 4th St. S.W. shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2009.
Shortly after the shooting, police issued sketches of two men seen in the area at the time of the shooting.
On Tuesday, investigators revealed they now believe one man shot Tajali while the other one stood nearby and acted as a lookout.
'This was a targeted attack,' said Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus of the Calgary police homicide unit."


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Man shot, twin brother killed in gang-related shooting in Riverview | Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota | WTSP.com 10 News

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Man shot, twin brother killed in gang-related shooting in Riverview | Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota | WTSP.com 10 News: "Riverview man is critically injured and his twin brother is dead after a gang fight erupted in gunfire Tuesday night.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say the dispute between the West Side gang and Latin Life gang started at a Life Saver store near the intersection of Balm Riverview Road and Rhodine Road.
At 6:11 p.m., deputies were called to a house on the 12,000 block of Glenshire Drive.
Twin brothers Gregorio and Felix Santana, 23, had been shot. Deputies say the brothers are both members of the Latin Life gang.
Gregorio Santana was killed. Felix Santana was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was lasted listed in critical condition."


CTV Calgary- Witnesses sought in gangster murder - CTV News

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CTV Calgary- Witnesses sought in gangster murder - CTV News: "Police hope a re-enactment will help identify a shooter responsible for killing a B.C. gangster outside a Calgary night club.
David Tajali, 33, of Vancouver was killed in a hail of bullets September 6th, 2009 when someone opened fire on his BMW in a parking lot behind Boulevard Nightclub on 19th avenue S.W.
Tajali's brother, Niki was also shot at the same location. He was taken to hospital in a dark-coloured SUV and survived.
However, police say he is not cooperating with the investigation.
The brothers are not strangers to violence. Both had survived previous attempts on their lives.
Police have composite drawings of two suspects. They believe one was the shooter, the other a lookout.
Police have talked to a number of people since the shooting, but they're still trying to track down two key witnesses.
Two young women were seen talking to the man identified as the lookout prior to the shooting."


Authorities target motorcycle gang in raids - KIVITV.COM | Boise. News, Breaking News, Weather and Sports-

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Authorities target motorcycle gang in raids - KIVITV.COM | Boise. News, Breaking News, Weather and Sports-: "Bonner County officials have arrested three members of a motorcycle club and have warrants for two others after a grand jury investigation into a range of criminal activity in the county.
Hermanos motorcycle chapter president Bryan M. Lukezich was arrested Monday along with road captain Steven Jay Beal and a third chapter member, Dale Champine. All three are charged with criminal gang recruitment. Beal and Champine are also charged with obliterating identification numbers of motor vehicle parts while Champine is also charged with grand theft.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that two other members are being sought on warrants for criminal gang recruitment, while another man who police say runs in the same social circles faces drug and grand theft charges"


Street Gang Real Estate Fraud | superfrauds.com

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Street Gang Real Estate Fraud | superfrauds.com: "FBI recently uncovered the largest mortgage fraud case ever prosecuted in the Southern District of California. This elaborate con which ran from 2005 to 2008, defrauded over 70 lenders and involved the sale of 220 homes and mortgages with a total value in excess of 0 million. The Southern California homes targeted were located in Spring Valley, La Mesa and Encanto neighborhood of San Diego.
The ring leader was street gang member Darnell Bell, from the Lincoln Park gang. Previously in jail for cocaine distribution, this may be a sign that gangs are branching into more sophisticated crimes. Over million was deposited into an account controlled by Bell. This complex scheme resulted in charges to 24 co-conspirators for bank and wire fraud, money laundering and corrupt racketeering activity. They had participants from real estate, title insurance, appraisal and notary public."


Victim of downtown Portland gang shooting mourned by family, friends | OregonLive.com

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Victim of downtown Portland gang shooting mourned by family, friends | OregonLive.com: "Payton, 19, was shot in the chest about 2 a.m. Sept. 26 on Northwest Couch Street, just east of Northwest Second Avenue, after hanging out at the Barracuda Club earlier in the night.

Police say Payton died in a gang shoot out. Witnesses had reported hearing 20 to 40 shots. A month earlier, someone had fired bullets through Payton's bedroom window, and his mother feared for her son's safety."


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Two Zetas executed in Brownsville, Texas

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Borderland Beat: Two Zetas executed in Brownsville, Texas: "Authorities have linked Thursday’s double homicide on FM 511 in the northwest outskirts of Brownsville. Texas, to Mexican drug cartels and are investigating the killings as spillover violence from the Tamaulipas war between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas.

The bodies of Omar Castillo Flores “El Omarcillo”, 25, and Jose Guadalupe Lopez Perez, 38, were found inside a gray Dodge Ram pickup that was riddled with bullets, police spokesman Eddie Garcia said Friday. He said the truck had a Mexican license plate on the back bumper, and he identified both men as residents of Mexico."


Trece street gang injunction placing limits on their behavior

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police continue serving members of the Trece street gang the injunction placing limits on their behavior, but law enforcement feels the injunction has taken gang members out of their normal routines.
"I know that members of Ogden Trece have been laying low, trying to avoid the police to avoid being served with the order," said Weber County Attorney Dee Smith, one of the authors of the injunction.

He accompanied Ogden gang detectives Thursday night as they searched out Trece gang members to serve.

"I think it's having an effect already," said Sgt. Will Cragun, a supervisor of the Ogden Metro Gang Unit.

"They're trying to avoid us. They don't want to be served. They're not sure how to deal with this. They obviously want to avoid law enforcement right now, even more than usual."

The injunction meant to sweep Ogden's oldest gang off the street formally went into effect Sept. 27 as 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones declared the gang a public nuisance.

Jones was responding to the 331-page injunction, proposed by Smith's office, that lists Trece activities -- everything from murder to graffiti -- over the past three to five years.

The injunction, now a court order, bans Treces from associating in public, being around guns, drugs and alcohol, and staying out past 11 p.m.

But gang members have to be served a copy of the order before they can be found in violation of it.

"We started serving it Thursday, beginning at the jail," Cragun said. "We served 16 in the jail."

Another estimated 20 members were served through Friday and Saturday morning, he said, including a number at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, or halfway house, in West Ogden.

When the injunction was first filed Aug. 20 and approved a few days later on a provisional basis as a temporary restraining order, 17 people were served, so the total served to date is well under 100, with hundreds more to go.

The figure 485 has been used as the number of known gang members, but Cragun said the actual number is not that firm and is subject to change as names are purged on a regular basis and new ones are added.

While confirming addresses to serve the injunction, Cragun said, the actual current number has been adjusted to just more than 350.

While some officials have debated whether members had to be served in person, or if their copy of the order could be simply left at a last known address, Cragun said the approach so far has been the former.

"We're actively looking for them to serve them the order," he said.

"We're actually personally serving them, giving them a copy. We tell 'em, 'Make sure you understand everything in it, and you've been served.' We'll try to answer their questions."

Cragun said he has been surprised by how many of the Treces served were aware of the ban and expected to be served. "The word's gotten out."

Violation of the order is a class B misdemeanor for "violating an order abating a public nuisance," or more simply, failure to abate, Smith said.

Once arrests are made on the injunction, it will be the arresting officer's decision whether to book the individual into jail or simply issue a citation, he said.

Those violations will be heard in Ogden Justice Court because they are minor misdemeanors.

But officials expect to find evidence of other crimes as Treces are arrested on the injunction. Most of those will be prosecuted in 2nd District Court, which handles all class A misdemeanors and felonies.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Teens ordered to execute gangster: informant - Winnipeg Free Press

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Teens ordered to execute gangster: informant - Winnipeg Free Press: "two teens were under strict orders to kill a rival drug dealer -- then talked openly about completing their 'mission' following the broad daylight slaying.
The man, whose name isn't being published by the Free Press to protect his identity, testified Monday as the key witness in a first-degree murder case against two former fellow gangsters.
'We were just exchanging war stories. They said the guy (victim) was cutting in on crack sales in the neighbourhood. (One of the accused) said they had done a mission on Magnus, that they had killed somebody,' the man told jurors.
Thomas Roy Phillips, 38, was shot twice in the head and once in the chest from point-blank range as he sat in the driver's seat of his Jeep Grand Cherokee on March 26, 2007. His two alleged killers, who were 15 at the time, have pleaded not guilty to the most serious charge in the Criminal Code. They have been identified in court as members of the Indian Posse street gang.
The Crown alleges the slaying was a premeditated act. The witness told court Monday that Phillips was associated to the Manitoba Warriors gang and that a senior member of the Indian Posse ordered his killing."


Lead Detective in Lester Street Murder Case Still Shaken by Brutal Killings |myEyewitnessNews.com, Memphis News, Entertainment, Videos, Business Search and Shopping

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Lead Detective in Lester Street Murder Case Still Shaken by Brutal Killings |myEyewitnessNews.com, Memphis News, Entertainment, Videos, Business Search and Shopping: "'We didn't know,' Lt. Davidson testified, 'who the killer was. We wanted to make sure the killer couldn't come and get the kids at the hospital.'

Davidson says the rest of the family was taken to a safe house to protect them from Gangster Disciples who were angry they'd been implicated early in the investigation. Gang members kicked in the front door of one of the relatives, says Davidson, to conduct their own investigation into the murders.

Four days after the massacre, 9-year-old victim CJ, the child who had to have the knife removed from his skull, provided Memphis Police with the big break in the case.

'He told us who was responsible,' testified Lt. Davidson. 'He said his uncle Junior was responsible for killing his family and stabbing him and his brothers and sisters.'

Davidson says Memphis Police took Jessie Dotson into custody. And after they played a tape of CJ telling investigators that his uncle committed the crime, Davidson says Dotson confessed.

'In the end, he confessed to killing,' Davidson testified. 'He confessed to shooting the adults and he confessed to stabbing the children. And he said he acted alone.'

Davidson also said Dotson confessed the crime to his mother, though no recordings of any confession exist."


Victim on life-support machine after gang attack - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 04, 2010

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Victim on life-support machine after gang attack - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 04, 2010: "MAN is on a life-support machine after he was attacked by a gang on his way to work at the weekend.
Members of the gang had been drinking all night, it is understood, and punched and kicked the victim into a coma.
Gardaí are trying to establish if an iron bar or other implements were used by the gang that carried out the early-morning attack in Coolock, north Dublin.
The victim, a 27-year-old Polish man, was on his way to begin working at 5am on Saturday in a fish processing plant when he was attacked, sustaining near-fatal head injuries.
He has been on a life-support machine since the assault and his family in Poland have been told by medical staff he is gravely ill. Some family members travelled from Poland yesterday to be at his bedside.
Gardaí believe they know the identities of the men who were at the scene and either witnessed the gang attack or participated in it.
A number of houses in the Coolock area were searched on Saturday and yesterday. Gardaí confiscated clothing and footwear they believe was worn by the attackers.
These items are now being analysed by members of the Garda Technical Bureau in the hope they may yield evidence linking the suspects to the attack."


Gang member charged in death of taxi driver | mycentraljersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com

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Gang member charged in death of taxi driver | mycentraljersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com: "19-year-old gang member had been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a taxi driver, but also said the investigation is continuing and warned taxi drivers not to accept calls from blocked phone numbers.


Wallace Parrish, of the 900 block of West Fourth Street in Plainfield, was charged with felony murder and weapons offenses and is being held at the Union County Jail in Elizabeth on $750,000 bail.
“This is one of those cowardly acts that makes no sense,” said Union County Prosecutor Ted Romankow in announcing the arrest.
Romankow described Parrish as a member of 'Sex, Money, Murder' sect of the Bloods street gang. He and other officials declined to describe specifically how they found Parrish, saying only that he was arrested in Plainfield."


Fink Stephen Wallace may have been the member who was shot

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Finks bikie members in brawl at the Perth Motorplex: "Fink Stephen Wallace may have been the member who was shot but police refused to confirm the identities of those involved. All they would say was that they were all patch-wearing - or fully confirmed - members of the gang.
A third man presented to Royal Perth Hospital about the same time with multiple stab wounds. Police said three of his fingers were severed during the attack.
He needed help from first aid volunteers at the scene to staunch the blood flow but quickly left with other bikies, who drove him to hospital where he had surgery to reattach the fingers.
All three men underwent surgery overnight."


Three members of the Finks gang required surgery after suffering serious injuries in a clash with rival gang the Coffin Cheaters at a street drag

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Bikies shot and stabbed in gang clash: "Three members of the Finks gang required surgery after suffering serious injuries in a clash with rival gang the Coffin Cheaters at a street drag racing event in Kwinana, in Perth's south.
The clash happened about 1.30pm (WST) on Sunday with one man suffering a gunshot wound to the leg while another man had three fingers severed with a knife."


Finks bikie members in brawl at the Perth Motorplex

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Finks bikie members in brawl at the Perth Motorplex: "Police are preparing for violent retaliations between two rival bikie gangs after three Finks were hospitalised, including one man who was shot and another who had three fingers sliced off, during a brawl at a weekend drag race.
The brawl between the Finks, which is establishing a chapter in WA, and the Coffin Cheaters, one of Perth's most notorious bikie gangs, erupted at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana yesterday."


Sunday, 3 October 2010

Jose Angel Fernandez de suspected boss of the Los Zetas Lara Diaz, who was based in Cancun, was arrested

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The suspected boss of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo was captured by army troops, the Defense Secretariat said.

Jose Angel Fernandez de Lara Diaz, who was based in Cancun, was arrested last Friday in the Caribbean resort city, the secretariat said.

Fernandez de Lara told authorities that he belonged to Los Zetas and was put in charge of operations in the area by the group’s leader, Heriberto Lazcano, in June.

The suspect was in charge of drug trafficking, people trafficking and kidnapping in Quintana Roo.

The criminal organization has been extorting money from nightclubs, restaurants, casinos, spas, hotels and other tourism-related businesses, Fernandez de Lara told officials.

Funds generated by these criminal activities are used to cover the expenses of the war that Los Zetas is waging against the Gulf cartel in northeastern Mexico.

Fernandez de Lara confessed that he committed numerous crimes, including the fire-bomb attack on the Castillo del Mar bar on Aug. 31, the secretariat said.

The suspect told authorities that the attack was carried out by a gunman known as “El Humm” and was ordered by Los Zetas regional boss Lucio Hernandez Lechuga because the bar’s owner refused to pay protection money.

Eight people – six women and two men – died in the attack on the bar.

Augusto Leon, who owns the bar, had filed a complaint three weeks before the attack with the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office, alleging that a man identified as Juan Piña Gonzalez claimed he was a member of a drug cartel and demanded 40,000 pesos (nearly $3,100) in exchange for protection.

Piña Gonzalez was arrested shortly after the complaint was filed “but regained his freedom because the charges did not hold,” the AG’s office said.

Three other members of Fernandez de Lara’s cell were arrested by army troops.

Soldiers seized three rifles, 1.35 million pesos ($107,000), $36,000, computers and communications equipment, four vehicles and lists of individuals who work for the cartel in Quintana Roo.

Several powerful drug cartels have been battling for control of the illicit trade in Greater Cancun, a year-round tourist destination that has higher median incomes than most of Mexico’s metropolitan areas.

Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations, according to experts, are the Sinaloa, Tijuana, Gulf, Juarez, Los Zetas and Beltran Leyva cartels, and La Familia Michoacana.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

The Zetas broke with the Gulf cartel several months ago and the two criminal organizations are at war.


Raid on CoCo Nutts lounge: Cocaine, marijuana, guns, arrests

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Raid on lounge: Cocaine, marijuana, guns, arrests: "raid on an East Albany Lounge spurred by reports of gang activity nets cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, automatic weapons and 13 arrests"


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Two charged as police target Sarasota gang | HeraldTribune.com

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Two charged as police target Sarasota gang | HeraldTribune.com: "Authorities say they have charged two more members of the notorious street gang Second Line. Also, the police have for the first time revealed the litany of crimes they say gang members have committed.
Kearney FORTHCOMING CHARGESPolice say eight members of the street gang Second Line
were responsible for a series of crimes throughout north Sarasota. Several
members are expected to be arraigned today, and authorities say they are
responsible for:
n39 drug charges, such as selling cocaine and marijuana
and maintaining a drug house.
n16 counts of assault or battery,
including the beating of a woman in March 2007.
n15 counts of burglary, including
a March 2003 break-in at Sam's Classic Bikes on 13th Street.
nFour murders, including the
September 2008 shooting of a Publix clerk outside his home on Orange Avenue.
Claridy Sarasota police detectives this week filed two felony counts against Bryson Kearney, 25, and Lee 'Lil Lee' Claridy, 23, raising the number of suspected gang members charged with racketeering to eight. Several members of the gang are expected to be arraigned this morning.
Last month, authorities arrested six other suspected Second Line members and said they engaged in a series of crimes throughout Newtown that frustrated police and left residents in fear.
At the time of the arrests, however, police and a statewide prosecutor kept details of Second Line's crimes sealed."


Two dead in Salinas gang shootings - MontereyHerald.com :

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Two dead in Salinas gang shootings - MontereyHerald.com :: "Two people were shot to death in Salinas on Friday in what police described as gang-related killings.
The first shooting took place early in the day on the Alisal High School campus where Jose Daniel Cisneros, 15, was hit by gunfire.
The sophomore was shot shortly before 8 a.m. as he entered the campus, prompting a school lockdown that lasted for 1½ hours, Principal Dan Burns said.
The second homicide happened about 8 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in East Salinas when a 20-year-old man was gunned down on Key Street.
Investigators remained on the scene late Friday, but no further details were available."


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