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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Police arrest two in shooting that wounded officer | KGET TV 17

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UPDATE: Police arrest two in shooting that wounded officer | KGET TV 17: "Police arrested two men in connection with a south Bakersfield shooting early Sunday that left an officers wounded.

David Sebastian Rosas, 23, and a 17-year-old were arrested at the home in the 1000 block of Meredith Drive. The name of the teenager was not immediately released because of his age.

A group of officers was called to the area at about 4 a.m. Sunday to investigate a 'shots fired' call. It's the same street where a gang murder took place two weeks ago.

'When the officers arrived, both Rosas and the juvenile heard noises outside the fence in the alley and went into the back yard to confront whoever was there,' the BPD reported in a news release. 'Rosas fired at the officers through the fence. Rosas and the juvenile fled back into the house and together hid the firearm, which was later recovered by police.'

Rosas and the teen were arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and weapons charges. Rosas also was being held on a parole violation.

A bullet hit Officer Christopher Messick, passing though his right leg. He was treated and released.

Messick and his partner, Robert Woods, both returned fire but no one else was injured."


“Crips,” a Los Angeles-based street gang accused of threatening to kill cops | WIVB.com

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Man accused of threatening to kill cops | WIVB.com: "suspected gang member is accused of targeting a pair of police officers in Niagara Falls.
Authorities believe the suspect belongs to one of the most violent street gangs in this country. What began as a drug investigation intensified after police say they developed information that threats were being made against two officers. Niagara Falls police say the two men are members of the “Crips,” a Los Angeles-based street gang. They were arrested last week in the city's Unity Park neighborhood.
Det. Steve Reed of the Niagara Falls Police said, “Our sources on the street have told us that he was making threats to law enforcement that we were interfering with his drug distribution.”
Police point to one man, Alton Hilson, as the main target of their investigation.
“I just know that he indicated that he would pay somebody if they harmed the police officers,” said Det. Reed."


Spanish Cobras became the principle founder of the 'Insane Familia'

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Where is king cobra of the spanish cobras street gang jailed? | ChaCha Answers: "the Spanish Cobras became the principle founder of the 'Insane Familia', a group of Latino Folks gangs allied on the streets and in the prisons. All organizations granted membership into the Insane Familia adopted the prefix"


O.C. gang member charged with killing a man who was pouring a cup of coffee | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

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O.C. gang member charged with killing a man who was pouring a cup of coffee | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times: "reputed gang member was charged Monday with gunning down a man while he was pouring a cup of coffee at a Santa Ana restaurant, authorities said.
Israel Pena Lopez, 35, a Santa Ana resident, is accused of shooting his victim several times in the back Oct. 13 at the Panaderia la Chapina restaurant, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The victim, Alejandro Sanchez, 22, was pouring coffee at the counter when he was struck by the bullets, according to prosecutors.

One day after the killing, Lopez allegedly shouted the name of his street gang as he fired a weapon at another person on a Santa Ana Street corner, prosecutors said. The bullets missed the victim, who has not been identified.

Lopez has a previous felony conviction for participation in a criminal street gang, the district attorney's office said. He is facing charges that include murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and street terrorism, with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity and the personal discharge of a firearm."


Lost Soul Trece gang member sentenced for gun crime | Treasure Valley Crime | Idaho Statesman

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Boise gang member sentenced for gun crime | Treasure Valley Crime | Idaho Statesman: "John Anthony Sanchez, 29, of Boise, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge. Lodge also ordered Sanchez to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.
Sanchez is a member of the Lost Soul Trece gang.
Sanchez pleaded guilty to the charge on in July and admitted to having a .44 caliber revolver. Because he was a convicted felon, Sanchez was barred from possessing firearms."


Carlos Montemayor Mexico drug gang leader arrested - Los Angeles Times

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Mexico drug gang leader arrested - Los Angeles Times: "Mexican authorities Wednesday announced they had arrested the new leader of the drug gang formerly run by suspected kingpin Edgar 'La Barbie' Valdez Villarreal.
The arrest late Tuesday of Carlos Montemayor marked a fresh blow against the remnants of the once-formidable Beltran Leyva gang, battered by arrests, deaths and vicious internal fighting."


Friday, 26 November 2010

Gypsy Jokers president Ralph Kometer charged over $600,000 meth bust | Perth Now

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Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle ClubGypsy Jokers president Ralph Kometer charged over $600,000 meth bust | Perth Now: "GYPSY Jokers president Ralph Kometer and a bikie associate have been charged after 1.36kg of methamphetamine was uncovered in a vehicle stop last night. Gang Crime Squad detectives intercepted the vehicle, allegedly being driven by Mr Kometer, along the Great Southern Highway at the Lakes about 6pm.

It will be alleged that the drugs were uncovered in the vehicle after a search by Gang Crime detectives and the police dog squad.

Last night, police raided properties in Ryde St, Gosnells and Edgar St, Kalgoorlie.
Detective Inspector Paul McMurtrie, from the Gang Crime Squad, said the purity of the drugs had yet to be examined but estimated the total value to be just under $600,000."


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

member of the Nine Trey Headbustas set of the Bloods street gang has pleaded guilty to racketeering

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Edison Man Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charge In Gang-Related Murder | njtoday.net – Everything New Jersey: "member of the Nine Trey Headbustas set of the Bloods street gang has pleaded guilty to racketeering for his role in a gang-related murder in New Brunswick in 2008, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
According to Taylor, Davon Parker, 22, of Edison, pleaded guilty late Friday, Nov. 19, to first-degree racketeering before Superior Court Judge Kevin G. Callahan in Hudson County. In pleading guilty, Parker said that, acting on behalf of the gang, he assisted co-defendants Syree Hakins and Tyrane Mathis in the murder of fellow gang member Devin Thompson, 19, who was fatally shot on Nichol Avenue in New Brunswick on June 2, 2008. Parker admitted that he assisted in planning and carrying out the shooting. Murder charges are pending against Hakins and Mathis. Thompson’s friend Christopher Whitsett was shot in the back but survived"


Police: 4 killed, 4 wounded in gang-related violence in gritty Jamaican city - Winnipeg Free Press

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Police: 4 killed, 4 wounded in gang-related violence in gritty Jamaican city - Winnipeg Free Press: "Jamaican police say four men have been killed and four seriously wounded in a gang-related fusillade in a gritty city just outside of the island's capital.
Investigators say gunmen opened fire late Saturday on a group of men playing cards at a house in Spanish Town, a southern Jamaican city where violent gangs are deeply entrenched.
In a Sunday statement, police investigators link the deadly attack to a feud between the Clansman and One Order gangs, which are battling for control of extortion and drug rings.
Gang-related massacres have been rare in recent months in Jamaica, where an anti-gang crackdown has been the toughest in the island's history."


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

new Fat Freddie war erupts - City News, National News - Herald.ie

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ERU on streets as new Fat Freddie war erupts - City News, National News - Herald.ie: "ARMED gardai have been deployed to south Dublin after gang boss Fat Freddie ordered a sickening attack on one of his own lieutenants.
Heavily armed units from the Emergency Response Unit have been running checkpoints across Crumlin and Drimnagh to quell gangland tensions.
A row has erupted within the ranks of Fat Freddie Thompson's drug trafficking gang which threatens to explode into all-out war.
Thompson ordered the attack after his lieutenant made lewd comments about an old flame of his, leading to a vicious 'Glasgow smile' slashing.
A Glasgow smile is a nickname for the result of cutting a victim's face from the edges of the mouth to the ears. The cut leaves horrific scars which form what resembles a smile.
He was slashed across both cheeks in a bid to leave his face permanently disfigured. He also suffered a laceration to his forehead and was heavily beaten in the attack.
The victim was once a leading member of Freddie's gang."


Monday, 22 November 2010

Fabian Ramirez's pistols, rucksack and computers were found at the scene of the pre-dawn bombing

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The Press Association: Guerilla leader 'dies in bombing': "Colombia's president said that a top leftist rebel leader who oversees major cocaine production may have been killed in the bombing of a guerrilla camp in the country's southern jungles.
President Juan Manuel Santos said Fabian Ramirez's pistols, rucksack and computers were found at the scene of the pre-dawn bombing.
Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera said at least six bodies had been found.
Ramirez, 47, is one of some 20 members of the general staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. His given name is Jose Benito Cabrera.
The US has a 2.5 million US dollar (£1.56 million) reward out for his capture. It says he is responsible for more than 1,000 tons of cocaine production."


Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX

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Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX, said from jail in Phoenix his recent arrest came because he took a slug of alcohol at a concert in Scottsdale.

Court records said DMX was arrested Thursday on several charges, including probation violation, the ongoing use of cocaine, the use of narcotic painkillers without a prescription, and failing to submit to drug testing, Phoenix television station KSAZ-TV reported.

DMX, released from jail for previous offenses this summer, said he read the Bible while he was incarcerated, and he had changed his life.Hip-hop star and actor DMX has been jailed in Arizona for violating his probation by using drugs such as cocaine, the Maricopa County Sheriff's office said.

The rapper was released from a Maricopa County jail last May after serving 90 days of his 18-month sentence for cruelty to animals, theft and drug charges.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told The Arizona Republic DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was jailed Tuesday night because he used illicit drugs regularly during the past nine months, despite having been given many opportunities to undergo treatment for substance abuse.



He spoke about his jail time in a recently released single called "Ya'll Don't Really Know."


Mexican Newspapers Limit Reporting on Cartels' Violence

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Mexican Newspapers Limit Reporting on Cartels' Violence: "Mexico's regional newspapers are failing to report many of the murders, attacks on police and other violence linked to the nation's war against drug cartels, a new analysis shows.
The Fundación MEPI, an independent investigative journalism center, studied the crime coverage of 11 regional newspapers and found that the drug-trafficking cartels receive little mention. The data, and interviews with journalists, shows that threats, bribery and pressure are shaping the news delivered to hundreds of thousands of Mexicans who live outside the capital, Mexico City.
Regional journalists told MEPI they routinely do not report the role of the cartels in the mounting violence. They said that with the central government unable to protect prosecutors and police, they feel forced to choose between personal safety and professional ethics."


Killer gangster gets life, but is eligible for parole in 10 years

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Killer gangster gets life, but is eligible for parole in 10 years: "Convicted killer Mindy Bhandher wiped away tears as a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced him to life in prison Friday with no hope of parole for 10 years.
Justice Gail Dickson rejected a Crown argument that Bhandher should have a longer parole ineligibility period because of his admitted history as a gun-toting gangster who trafficked cocaine and smuggled marijuana into the U.S.
In fact, Dickson said she believed Bhandher, a 32-year-old Surrey dad, was sincerely remorseful for the January 2008 slaying of Sunny Bains.
And she accepted that the shooting was not premeditated, but rather 'an impulsive killing committed by an intoxicated Mr. Bhandher.'"


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Rizzuto slayings have criminal underworld watching - St. Catharines Standard - Ontario, CA

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Rizzuto slayings have criminal underworld watching - St. Catharines Standard - Ontario, CA: "mob slayings of Rizzuto family members and their associates in Montreal have left observers of Canada's criminal underworld with as many theories as there have been dead bodies.
One thing is certain, the dismantling and apparent takeover of the once mighty Sicilian clan is ultimately about money and control over Montreal, the Mafia's crown jewel.
'It all comes down to the almighty dollar,' said RCMP Supt. Kevin Harrison, head of Ontario's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.
His team is in touch daily with their counterparts in Quebec and together they're trying to prevent further violence.
They're watching and listening to the now nervous Mafiosi, waiting to see what's next, Harrison said.
'(The killings) heighten their awareness of the dangers they're in,' he said.
'Some of them are probably struggling to figure out where it's coming from and why and who is involved,' Harrison said.
'Self-preservation' has likely kicked in and there are undoubtedly criminals out there wondering, 'Am I next?' '
He wouldn't speculate on whether the killings were part of a takeover but admitted the execution of the family's patriarch, Nicolo Rizzuto, certainly put an exclamation point on the wave of violence."


Hells Angels member carried loaded gun without license, Marlborough Police say - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News

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Hells Angels member carried loaded gun without license, Marlborough Police say - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News: "Jason A. Cavooto, 35, was not licensed to carry the Sig Sauer, Detective Martha Shea said yesterday.
'At any time, anything could have gone wrong,' Shea said. 'That's a very dangerous situation for officers.'
Police pulled Cavooto over for allegedly speeding. They searched him as a precaution because he appeared nervous, Shea said.
The weapon is classified as a large-capacity gun because it can hold a magazine with more than 10 rounds. The gun had a loaded magazine, Shea said.
Cavooto, of 55 Essex St., is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded large-capacity firearm on a public way and possessing a firearm/ammunition without FID/license, police said.
At his arraignment in Marlborough District Court yesterday, Cavooto posted the $5,000 bail ordered by Judge Michael Madaus, court records said. He is due back in court Dec. 27."


Kiyoshi Takayama,'Top gangster' arrested in Japan

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BBC News - 'Top gangster' arrested in Japan: "Police in Japan have arrested a man alleged to be second in command of Japan's biggest yakuza crime syndicate.
He is accused of extorting more than $400,000 (£250,000) from a businessman in the construction industry.
The arrest comes amid a crackdown on gangsters ahead of the expected release of the top boss of the syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, in spring 2011.
Energised by a scandal over gangster involvement in sumo wrestling, Japan's police are cracking down on the yakuza.
Now they have arrested a man suspected of being one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.
Kiyoshi Takayama, a pencil-moustached 63-year-old, is accused of extortion."


Bacon brother's appeal will be heard in Supreme Court - CTV News

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CTV British Columbia - Bacon brother's appeal will be heard in Supreme Court - CTV News: "Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of an accused British Columbia gangster who says his charter rights were violated by police who found drugs and weapons in his car and home.
Jonathan Bacon and his associates Godwin Cheng and Rayleene Burton were arrested in August 2005 after a police surveillance team said they saw them transferring packages between vehicles.
Subsequent searches found a cache of automatic weapons, silencers, a bulletproof vest and a police uniform, as well as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and more than $90,000 in cash.
The trio was charged with 15 counts of drugs and weapons offences.
They challenged the charges in court, arguing that Abbotsford police did not have sufficient cause to search them and, therefore, violated their charter rights. A provincial court judge agreed and in 2008 the charges were dismissed.
Court was told that the day before the arrests were made, a justice of the peace denied a search warrant, finding that there were not reasonable grounds.
The following day police searched their vehicles and made the arrests, saying officers had witnessed a suspected drug transaction. Abbotsford police then applied for a new search warrant, which was granted."


Saturday, 20 November 2010

Fraser Valley gangsters and longtime traffickers have pleaded guilty in a Seattle courtroom

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notorious Fraser Valley gangsters and longtime traffickers have pleaded guilty in a Seattle courtroom for their role in a drug-smuggling operation that authorities say was carried out on behalf of the Hells Angels.

New indictments against nine B.C. men were sworn in October; seven of the accused travelled to Washington state earlier this week to admit their guilt.

Their charges flow from a massive U.S. investigation that led to the conviction of Abbotsford residents Rob Shannon and Devron Quast in late 2008 for smuggling thousands of kilos of pot and cocaine, partly -- the U.S. Attorney said -- for B.C. Hells Angels.

The newly convicted with the highest profiles, Edward "Skeeter" Russell and Jody York, are longtime former associates of Anton Hooites-Meursing, who pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year and who is expected to be a key witness in the Surrey Six case.

Both Russell and York have been targeted in previous shootings. In fact, when Russell was wounded by hit men in 2003, Hooites-Meursing helped murder an Abbotsford teen in retaliation, according to his sentencing hearing last April.

The new U.S. court documents say all the accused worked for various periods of time with Shannon, who was sentenced in March 2009 to 20 years behind bars.

Both Shannon, 40, and York, 35, appeared in a rap video produced by Vancouver chapter Hells Angel Hal Porteous.

York, who also has links to the Independent Soldiers gang, signed the plea agreement Nov. 17 and was allowed to return to B.C. until he is sentenced in February.

York admitted that beginning in 2003 and continuing until September 2006, he entered into an agreement with Shannon, Quast and "others known and unknown" across the border.

"Shannon and York arranged for multiple loads of marijuana to be smuggled into the U.S. from Canada," the plea agreement says. "The marijuana, which was owned by others but entrusted to Shannon and York for transportation, was hidden in truckloads of beauty bark, crates, hollowed-out logs, pipes, trailers and various other means, and crossed into the state of Washington."

York was one of the brains behind the operation, the documents say, and "helped Mr. Shannon develop ideas for the transportation of drugs."



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The Zeta Gang is a paramilitary organization that uses violence to control smuggling and drug trafficking

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The Zeta Gang is a paramilitary organization that uses violence to control smuggling and drug trafficking routes into the US As Congress debates granting amnesty to 65 million people, little attention is given to the unsecured Mexican border. Why has the major media ignored the cross-border violence on the southern border? Behind the 100 billion dollar narcotics trade and smuggling network that enters through the porous southern border, is one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations. The safety of communites, and law enforcement officers is in jeopardy due to obstructionists in congress who have derailed the border fence and compromised our border security–in favor of cheap votes from illegal alien advocate


killed 11 alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel taking part in a cough up close by the Texas border

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Mexico Mexican troops declare killed 11 alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel taking part in a cough up close by the Texas border, state media reported.establishment as well captured two so-called Zetas and seized 25 pounds of marijuana when the gun battle, Mexicos justification region believed in the field of a statement Thursday, according to the state-run Notimex news agency.CNN member KGBT reported to facilitate the clash occurred Wednesday afternoon fashionable Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, which is located beside Falcon Lake the place everyplace American David Hartley was supposedly shot and killed fashionable September.Wife Tiffany Hartley told powers that be her spouse was shot inside the lead here, and she was unable to haul his body against her not public watercraft already being put on to flee.Law enforcement officials say the Zetas control the Mexican characteristic of the lake, which was twisted as soon as the Rio Grande was dammed voguish the 1950s. It is a crucial staging area in favor of marijuana shipments


Ciudad Mier two rival drug cartels turned it into a slaughterhouse.

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Ciudad Mier, a picturesque colonial village on the Texas border, was a sleepy tourist attraction until February, when two rival drug cartels turned it into a slaughterhouse.

Caravans of armored SUVs crammed with gunmen firing automatic rifles prowled the streets. Parents pulled terrified children from schools. The town of 6,000 went dark every time the combatants shot out the transformers. In May, a man was hung alive from a tree in the central plaza and dismembered while town folk heard the screaming from behind shuttered doors.


Rival Mexican drug gangs have turned Ciudad Mier from a tourist town into a ghost town. WSJ's Simon Constable talks to reporter Nicholas Casey about the ravages of the drug war in Mexico's Tamaulipas state.

Then last week, after a new offensive by the Zetas, one of the two groups that have turned the town into a no-man's land, hundreds of residents packed what they could into their cars and fled, leaving eerily empty streets with burned out shells of cars and bullet-pocked walls.

"It's like we're in the Wild West," says Santos Moreno Pérez, a Pentecostal minister who is among the refugees here in neighboring Miguel Alemán. "We have no mayor, no police, no transit system. We have been left to fend for ourselves."

Two years ago, the U.S. military warned that the Mexican government was "weak and failing" and could lose control of the country to drug traffickers. Mexican officials quickly rejected the assertion, and in truth the most dire predictions now seem overblown. Mexico's economy is rebounding from the aftershocks of the U.S. recession, with gross domestic product growth expected to top 4% this year. Foreign companies not only haven't fled, they continue to make some investments along the country's northern manufacturing belt where much of the drug war is playing out. Mexico City and large parts of south so far have escaped the mayhem, and the country as a whole remains stable.

Still, some parts of Mexico are caught in the grip of violence so profound that government seems almost beside the point. This is especially true in northern places like Ciudad Mier and surrounding Tamaulipas state—a narrow, cleaver-shaped province that snakes along the Texas border and hugs Mexico's Gulf Coast.

Across Tamaulipas, gunmen run their own checkpoints on highways. The cartels have forced Mexico's national oil company to abandon several gas fields. Many farmers have given up on tons of soybeans and sorghum in fields controlled by criminals. Leading families, fleeing extortion and threats of kidnapping, have escaped to Texas—as have the mayors of the state's three largest cities.

Most of the brutality that takes place along this vast arid landscape goes unrecorded. Newspapers as well as television broadcasters have been silenced. Rumors have taken the place of news and circulate on social networks like Twitter, which people check regularly to make sure that no shootouts are taking place on the routes they take to work or school.

"Public space has been taken over by criminals, and Tamaulipas society is at their mercy," says Carlos Flores, a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut who studies the state's crime groups.

As goes Tamaulipas also go a small but growing number of Mexico's 31 states, including Chihuahua and Michoacán—places where rival organized crime groups either exert political and territorial control or are in the midst of bloody battles to impose their hegemony. In these states, despite four years of intense effort, the Mexican government and its institutions hold little sway.

The failure of Tamaulipas carries consequences for the U.S. The state shares roughly 230 miles of border with Texas and handles nearly 50% of the merchandise moving between the U.S. and Mexico. Only a river separates it from the U.S. cities of Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville.

Last month, an American riding a jet ski on Falcon Reservoir, a border lake not far from Ciudad Mier, was shot dead by suspected cartel gunmen, his body never recovered. Days later, the severed head of the lead Mexican investigator on the case was dumped in a suitcase in front of a Mexican army barracks.


Angry gangs bring UN protest to Haitian capital

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Angry gangs bring UN protest to Haitian capital: "Violent protests against United Nations peacekeepers, blamed for the cholera crisis, have spilled over into the country's capital as gangs of angry Haitian youths trawl Port-au-Prince.
Organisers had urged people to vent their anger at the UN and the Haitian authorities in a demonstration at a main square by the presidential palace, but what happened was more like urban guerrilla warfare.
Tear gas filled the air and sporadic gunfire could be heard as gangs took to the streets of the quake-ravaged capital, blocking roads with barricades of burning tyres and dumpsters of rotten garbage.
Advertisement: Story continues below Several hundred rock-throwing youths attacked an open-top truck carrying peacekeepers, known as MINUSTAH."


2 bodies hung from bridge, man beheaded in Tijuana

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2 bodies hung from bridge, man beheaded in Tijuana: "Two men were slain and hung from a bridge, another was decapitated and a fourth was shot to death over 24 hours in Tijuana, the latest gruesome killings in a Mexican border city where hopes had risen that cartel violence was decreasing.
The bodies of two men were found hanging from the Los Alamos bridge early Friday, said Fermin Gomez, Baja California state's deputy attorney general for organized crime.
Both victims had their hands and feet bound and one had his head covered with a black plastic bag. One of the bodies fell into traffic when the rope broke.
A day earlier, a human head was found underneath another bridge in Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California. The body of the 24-year-old man was found 12 hours later alongside the highway from Tijuana to the beach town of Ensenada."


Norteños street gang.: Gang member sought 'street cred' in Yuba City killing | killing, member, police - Local News - Appeal-Democrat

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Police: Gang member sought 'street cred' in Yuba City killing | killing, member, police - Local News - Appeal-Democrat: "Yuba City gang member was upset when the fatal shooting he is charged with was reported in the local news section of the Appeal-Democrat, not on the front page, according to testimony Thursday in Sutter County Superior Court.
Michael Anthony Mosley, 24, who was held to answer on a murder charge after the preliminary hearing, wanted 'street cred' for the shooting, a police detective testified.
Judge Brian Aronson scheduled a Nov. 29 arraignment for Mosley, a member of the Norteños street gang.
Jose Eduardo Chavez, the victim in the April 4, 2004, shooting in the 500 block of Garden Highway, was one of several Sureños gang members who died in a series of driveby shootings.
Chavez was a passenger in a white van driven by Victor Lopez, who had been in two previous street confrontations that day with Norteños members. Lopez was driving south on Percy Avenue about 9:45 p.m. when a white sedan followed him around a corner onto Garden Highway."


Three members of Drak street gang charged in Tampa Bay area robberies - St. Petersburg Times

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Three members of Drak street gang charged in Tampa Bay area robberies - St. Petersburg Times: "federal grand jury Wednesday indicted three more members of the Drak street gang on charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, carjacking and multiple counts of brandishing a gun during crimes of violence.
Charged were Rykeith Andre Levatte, 24; Antonio Cortez Harris Jr., 21, and Alden Bernard Lewis Jr., 27, all of Tampa and all members of the Drak gang, federal prosecutors said.
Also indicted was Daisy Louise Thomas, 31, of Tampa. The four face charges of taking part in one or more of a series of 10 armed robberies in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties during May and June. The targets included a Pasco hair salon and a Tampa grocery as well as convenience stores and gas stations"


Nearly 100 Alleged Traveling Vice Lords Street Gang Members and Associates Facing State or Federal Narcotics Charges | Chicago Press Release Services

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Nearly 100 Alleged Traveling Vice Lords Street Gang Members and Associates Facing State or Federal Narcotics Charges | Chicago Press Release Services: "Around-the-clock retail street sales of crack cocaine and heroin, averaging between $3,000 and $6,000 per day, seven days a week, were conducted by a core group of several alleged members of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang and their associates on the city’s west side, according to new federal and state charges.
The daily routines of these individuals and dozens of others ended today when hundreds of Chicago Police officers, FBI agents, and deputy U.S. Marshals began serving arrest warrants on nearly 100 state and federal defendants and conducting searches, ending a two-year investigation.
Significant multi-ounce quantities of crack cocaine and heroin were seized during the investigation.
The Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Division began investigating an alleged drug-trafficking organization led by members of the TVL street gang that operated in the area of Kedzie Avenue and Ohio Street, known as “KO,” in August 2008. The FBI joined the investigation three months later.
The federal defendants arrested today were expected to begin appearing at 1:30 this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Young Kim in Courtroom 1944D in U.S. District Court, and will continue through the afternoon and tomorrow morning."


A man charged with beating a rival gang member so badly the victim lost an eye

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A man charged with beating a rival gang member so badly the victim lost an eye pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated battery.

All other charges against Michael Frazier – a second count of aggravated battery, two counts of mob action, and one count of unlawful contact with a street gang member – were dropped in exchange for the plea. He was sentenced to three years in the department of corrections, followed by one year of parole. He will receive credit for 264 days he already has served in the county jail since his arrest.

Frazier, 22, was one of eight people – six men and two juveniles – charged in a gang-related beating in DeKalb February. Police said the group was at a residence in the 800 block of Oak Street about 9:15 p.m. Feb. 28 when two members of a rival gang walked past, shouting insults at people on the home’s porch. The eight people in the house then attacked the two people in the street, police said.

At a plea hearing Thursday, DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said Frazier beat one of the victims in the head so badly the man eventually lost an eye.

A misdemeanor battery charge Frazier picked up while incarcerated also was dropped under Thursday’s plea agreement. Police said Frazier punched another inmate in the face last July in a dispute over a card game. That inmate did not require treatment.


Quebec street gang leader Ducarme Joseph, freed from jail earlier this month after he was arrested for a probation violation

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Quebec street gang leader Ducarme Joseph, freed from jail earlier this month after he was arrested for a probation violation, won’t be losing his lavish stone mansion on the West Island of Montreal for failing to pay his property taxes.

An unnamed person paid a whopping $28,845 property tax bill on Joseph’s two-storey home at 64 Radisson St. in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., just before the payment deadline.

Had the taxes remained unpaid, Dollard city officials would have seized and sold the home at public auction.

A City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux tax department employee said Friday she could not say who paid the tax bill or whether it was paid in cash or cheque.

“We don’t disclose that kind of information,” the city official said.

Joseph, who survived an assassination attempt on his life this spring, bought the home for $1,350,000 in 2008. He quickly became the man with the largest unpaid tax bill in Dollard, according to a list of homeowners with unpaid taxes.

QMI Agency revealed this fall that Joseph put the six-bedroom, lavishly furnished mansion on the market this fall with an asking price of $1,600,000 while he was in jail. It remains for sale.

Further investigation found that HSBC Bank Canada had extended a massive amount of credit to Joseph despite the gangster’s lengthy criminal history of drug trafficking, physical assaults, and gun violence.

An HSBC Canada branch in St. Leonard, Que., not only gave Joseph the $1,275,000 mortgage, but also provided a $25,000 line of credit and a MasterCard with a $10,000 limit.

Though Joseph’s crime career includes a case where he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and forcing a 12-year old girl into prostitution, HSBC declined to explain its dealings with him.
Real estate agent Fadi Kaouk produced a YouTube video, showcasing the inside and outside of Ducarme Joseph’s home to offer potential buyers. But it's given the mob-curious a rare peek into a gang leader’s lavish lifestyle.


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Group indicted for shipping hundreds of pound of cocaine from Los Angeles to Baltimore | Street Gangs Resource Center

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Group indicted for shipping hundreds of pound of cocaine from Los Angeles to Baltimore | Street Gangs Resource Center: "* Ricky James Brascom, as known as “DP,” 28, formerly of Hollywood and now residing in Woodland Hills, the “CEO” of Behind da Scenes Entertainment and the alleged leader of the drug trafficking ring;
* Charles Dwight Ransom Jr., 36, of Hollywood, another “CEO” of Behind da Scenes Entertainment who allegedly shipped cocaine to his own distributors in Baltimore and shepherded cocaine shipments for Brascom;
* Darrin Ebron, 43, a DJ who moves between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and who allegedly acted as a drug distributor for Brascom;
* Heriberto Lopez, also known as “The Boss” and “Big Dog,” 42, of Chatsworth, who allegedly was Brascom’s primary cocaine supplier;
* Leonardo Concepcion, 50, of Downey, a pilot allegedly hired by Brascom to fly loads of cocaine to Baltimore and drug proceeds back to Los Angeles;
* Jerome Mondale Brascom (Ricky Brascom’s brother), also known as “Bro-Bro,” 30, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was allegedly his brother’s top lieutenant, assisting in the distribution and storage of cocaine in Baltimore, as well as collecting drug proceeds;
* Marlon Parris, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who allegedly accompanied a shipment of drugs to Baltimore and a shipment of drug proceeds to Los Angeles on a commercial flight;
* Steven Velazquez, 31, of San Fernando, an alleged courier for Lopez, who was arrested on October 30 after Sheriff deputies found 120 kilograms of cocaine in a vehicle he was driving;
* Alberto Cruzado, 57, of Sylmar, an alleged courier for Lopez who was taken into custody along with Velazquez;"


Latin Kings street gang Police nab man wanted in Bronx armed robbery

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Police nab man wanted in Bronx armed robbery: "Bronx man who is a known member of the Latin Kings street gang has been apprehended in Kingston. The URGENT task force along with the NYPD’s Central Robbery Unit and the 40th Precinct Detective Squad conducted a surveillance operation in the downtown Kingston area on Sunday.
They were trying to locate the suspect, Alberto Batista, 40, also known as Roberto Blanco and Nestor Vega, who was believed to be in the area. He was wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a pharmacy in the Bronx on November 8.
At about 3:30 p.m., police spotted Batista in a vehicle in the downtown area. He was stopped by members of the Kingston City Police and URGENT detectives where he was taken into custody without incident.
He was returned to the Bronx by NYPD officers where he was charged with the felonies of first- and second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree"


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Cardenas Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta” or “Tony the Storm,” was killed Friday during a two-hour shootout

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Borderland Beat: Drug Lord's Death Could Empower Zetas: "Cardenas Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta” or “Tony the Storm,” was killed Friday during a two-hour shootout in an operation that included 150 marines, three helicopters and 17 military vehicles, the Mexican navy said in a statement. Four of his gunmen and three marines also died during the fighting in the city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. A local reporter and a soldier were killed in related mayhem.

President Barack Obama called his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, on Saturday morning to reaffirm U.S. support for Mexico’s efforts to fight the cartels, and express his condolences for the troops killed in the shootouts, according to a White House statement.

Mexican presidential security spokesman Alejandro Poire touted Cardenas Guillen’s downfall as “another meaningful step toward the dismantling of criminal groups.”

The Zetas, apparently, also celebrated."


Former airman convicted of murder in 2005 Gangster Disciples initiation death - News - Stripes

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Former airman convicted of murder in 2005 Gangster Disciples initiation death - News - Stripes: "A former airman has been convicted of second degree murder and witness tampering in connection with the death of an Army sergeant during a gang initiation ceremony in Germany.
Rico Williams faces up to life in prison, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington said. A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.
Prosecutors argued that Williams, the alleged leader of a Gangster Disciples chapter in Germany, led 10 gang members in a brutal “jumping in” ceremony for Sgt. Juwan Johnson near Ramstein Air Base in 2005. Williams was accused of throwing the first punch in the six-minute beating that Johnson had to endure to join the gang.
Johnson fell at least three times during the ordeal, and Williams was accused of kicking him on the ground. The next day, Johnson was found dead in his barracks. His death was later attributed to multiple blunt-force trauma."


Hells Angels & Vagos motorcycle gangs: Judge sends shooting case back to Grand Jury - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona

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Hells Angels & Vagos motorcycle gangs: Judge sends shooting case back to Grand Jury - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona: "Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William T. Kiger sent the Hells Angels shooting case back to the Grand Jury late Monday afternoon during a pre-trial conference.

But Kiger did not exonerate bail for the seven men with ties to the Hells Angels charged in the case or change the conditions of their release, in part because the Yavapai County Attorney's Office indicated it would send the case back to a Grand Jury soon.

Kiger's decision means that there are no charges filed currently against John Bernard, Kiley Hill, Kevin Christensen, Larry Scott, Michael Koepke, Robert Kittredge and Bruce Schweigert - who had been previously indicted in connection with the shooting between the Vagos and Hells Angels motorcycle gangs in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley on August 21.

When Kiger made his decision, Schweigert and Bernard pumped their fists in the air. Afterwards the defendants and their attorneys talked outside the courthouse.

Ted S. Reed, the defense attorney for Bernard, wrote in his Oct. 1 motion that the state presented false and misleading testimony to the Grand Jury.

'What particularly jumps out and concerns me is the detective's comments to the Grand Jury that the other gang was a family-oriented group and this gang was a criminal enterprise,' Kiger said about the Grand Jury testimony. 'I'm having a real hard time getting around it.'"


Eight members of Partington's Oak Road Crew jailed (From Messenger Newspapers)

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Eight members of Partington's Oak Road Crew jailed (From Messenger Newspapers): "MEMBERS of a gang who terrorised Partington have been jailed.
The eight gang members of the Oak Road Crew, who all pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, were sentenced at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday for a three-day crime 'binge' in Partington.
In February, the gang used a homemade ‘stinger’ to deliberately damage a police car on Cedar Avenue, after calling officers out on a malicious call, they also taunted and physically intimidated another officer on Wood Lane and vandalised two houses on Plane Tree Road with bricks causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and injuring one of the residents."


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

ongoing tensions between the Rebels and the Rock Machine gang that was trying to establish a foothold in WA

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WA gang tension over lucrative drug trade: "attempted firebombing of a Perth tattoo parlour run by bikies may be linked to a gang turf war over the lucrative illegal drug trade in Western Australia, police say.
Early on Tuesday morning, security officers were alerted by an alarm at Ink Assault Tattoos at Bibra Lakes in Perth's south, police said.
They found a smashed front window and saw the remains of two crude firebombs that had caused minor damage to the premises, owned and run by the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
A witness told police he used a garden hose to extinguish the blaze which was confined to a two-square-metre section of carpet in the parlour's reception area.
Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver of Serious and Organised Crime said there were ongoing tensions between the Rebels and the Rock Machine gang that was trying to establish a foothold in WA.
Det Supt Carver told reporters that police would not let up on outlaw motorcycle gangs and their illegal drug dealing in WA, which was a very lucrative and fought-over market.
'You can buy $5000 of drugs in Sydney and sell it for three times that amount in Western Australia,' Det Supt Carver s"


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Video: Two Mexican gangs in a shootout | NewsWatch: Breaking news | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Video: Two Mexican gangs in a shootout | NewsWatch: Breaking news | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "Two Mexican gangs in a shootout
A passerby in Tamaulipas, Mexico, shot this video of shootout between two competing gangs on November 10.
As Pablo Ordaz blogs for El Pais put it: This is not a scene from the movie Heat. This is Tamaulipas, Mexico, at the border where the war between drug traffickers has raged since the boss known as Tony Tormenta was killed. This is the kind of thing you see going grocery shopping."


the Todd Place Crew was responsible for a series of gang shootings that left one person dead and 12 other people wounded

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DC jury convicts 4 in gang violence case | Washington Examiner: "Friday's verdict means that three members of the 'Todd Place Crew' face possible terms of life in prison and a fourth faces up to 25 years. Three defendants — Joseph A. Jenkins, James C. Bates and Darnell Anderson — were convicted of first degree murder and other charges and face possible life terms.
A fourth defendant, Edward Warren, was convicted of obstruction of justice and weapons offenses and faces 25 years in prison.
According to the government's evidence, the Todd Place Crew was responsible for a series of gang shootings that left one person dead and 12 other people wounded between April and July 2008.


Neighbors remember man fatally shot in east Salinas | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian

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Neighbors remember man fatally shot in east Salinas | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian: "Salinas man shot and killed while sitting in a wheelchair Wednesday night on Del Monte Avenue has been identified by police as 32-year-old Jose Vasquez. Police say the murder was gang-related.


At 9:13 p.m., when police responded to calls of shots fired, they arrived to find Vasquez sitting in a wheelchair next to the curb on Del Monte Avenue at Orchard Avenue. He had been shot in the upper torso and head and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Salinas police Cmdr. Bob Eggers.No suspects have been identified, but witnesses reported seeing a car, possibly a tan Nissan Sentra, driving away from the scene."


The two victims of the double gangland murder have been formally identified

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The London Daily News: "The two victims of the double gangland murder have been formally identified by the Met Police.
Victim 1 was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:07hrs. He has been formally identified as Lee Wallace (25, 27/5/85). A post-mortem will take place at St Pancras mortuary on the afternoon of Wednesday, 10 November.

Victim 2 was taken to an east London hospital and subsequently died in the early hours of Wednesday, 10 November. He has been formally identified as Jayson Hassan (28, 8/10/82). A post-mortem will take place at St Pancras mortuary on Thursday, 11 November."


El Ponchis, the sadistic executioner who is terrorising Mexico.... at the age of 12 | Mail Online

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El Ponchis, the sadistic executioner who is terrorising Mexico.... at the age of 12 | Mail Online: "He is the sadistic executioner whose killings have terrorised Mexico.But unlike most of the brutal players in the country's horrific drug wars, El Ponchis (The Cloak) is just 12 years old. The diminutive hitman, whose real name is not known, is in the pay of a Mexican cartel battling for control of the cocaine trade."


Friday, 12 November 2010

Navy SEAL Accused Of Gun Smuggling To Ask For Bail - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego

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Navy SEAL Accused Of Gun Smuggling To Ask For Bail - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego: "SAN DIEGO -- A hearing on a request for bail is now scheduled Friday for a Coronado-based Navy SEAL accused of smuggling machine guns and parts from Iraq or Afghanistan and selling them.
Nicholas Bickle, 33, faces federal charges of conspiracy to deal in firearms without paying a tax, possessing an unregistered firearm and transferring an unregistered firearm.
The Coronado-based member of the Navy's specialized Sea, Air and Land unit was taken into custody in San Diego last Wednesday following a five-month investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nevada, one of the lead agencies in the case"


Glades gang members paraded into court | palm, beach, courtroom - Palm Beach County - WPEC 12 West Palm Beach

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Glades gang members paraded into court | palm, beach, courtroom - Palm Beach County - WPEC 12 West Palm Beach: "13 of 15 suspects were paraded into the courtroom at the same time.
Prosecutors say they are part of a gang that has terrorized people in the Glades for more than a decade.
Three of these suspects are charged with attempted murder and were denied bond today. The 12 others had bond set at $500,000 dollars or more.
These suspects were arrested Wednesday, the latest in an ongoing attempt to round up the county's most violent gangs.
Other members of this reputed gang are known for alleged ties to the 2008 murder of Pahokee High School football star Norman 'Pooh' Griffith. He was killed outside a dance in Belle Glade in 2008."


Pedro Cortez Valles be put to death,Gang member gets death for killing of rival - San Jose Mercury News

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Gang member gets death for killing of rival - San Jose Mercury News: "gang member who provided details of how he gunned down a member of a rival gang has been sentenced to death.
The Hartford Sentinel reports that a Kings County judge on Tuesday ordered Pedro Cortez Valles be put to death after jurors determined last month that he should receive the death penalty.
Valles was convicted of first-degree murder in March, with a special circumstance of being found guilty of another murder four years before.
The Sentinel says during his trial Valles took the stand and told jurors about the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Eddie Cervantes at a gas station in Lemoore in 2004.
In sentencing Valles to death, Judge Thomas DeSantos cited a number of factors, including his testimony in open court about the killing."


Ex-Marines allegedly sold assault rifles to L.A. gang members - latimes.com

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Ex-Marines allegedly sold assault rifles to L.A. gang members - latimes.com: "Three former U.S. Marines and two others were arrested on suspicion of selling illegal assault weapons to Los Angeles gang members, federal officials announced Tuesday.
The arrests capped a yearlong investigation into an elaborate scheme to transfer heavy weapons, including AK-47s, to San Fernando Valley-based gang members. Earlier this month, officials from several law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, raided the San Clemente home of former Marine Adam Andrew Gitschlag, 28. He was arrested, and authorities confiscated boxes of automatic weapons and rifles.
Authorities allege that on June 23 the suspects sold $6,000 worth of weapons to a person they thought was connected to the street gang. The sale took place at an L.A.-area post office parking lot, where one of the suspects worked. One of those involved in the sale was a law-enforcement informant.
The five men are charged with five counts each of having unlawful assault weapons, including four AK-47s and an AR-15 assault rifle."


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

suspected member of Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang was sentenced Tuesday to seven years, three months in prison.

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suspected member of Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang was sentenced Tuesday to seven years, three months in prison.

A Pierce County jury last month convicted Deandre L. Beck, 28, of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first-degree robbery and car theft.

Prosecutors contended he and other members of the gang beat and robbed a man of his car outside a restaurant in the 3800 block of South Pine Street in July 2009.

Beck was one of 36 people charged in February in a law enforcement crackdown on the Crips.

Twenty-nine of the men have been convicted of crimes. Five have charges pending. Two had their charges dismissed.



Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/11/10/1417599/tacoma-suspected-crips-member.html#ixzz14sKu3C5a


arrested three retired Marines suspected of selling illegal assault weapons to F-13

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arrested three retired Marines suspected of selling illegal assault weapons to a notorious Los Angeles street gang, authorities said Tuesday.
The suspected ringleader, Adam Gitschlag, who served in Iraq and was once based at Camp Pendleton, was arrested at his Orange County home Nov. 2 as part of an operation carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as military investigators and local police.
The arrests were announced a week after a Navy SEAL in San Diego and two others, including a Colorado man, were charged with smuggling machine guns from Iraq for sale on the black market.
Investigative documents state that Gitschlag oversaw the sale of two cases containing firearms, including an AK-47, two Russian and Romanian variants of the weapon and two other semiautomatic rifles.
Under California law, it is illegal to own or sell unregistered assault weapons.
Reached on his cell phone, Gitschlag said the charges are "definitely untrue," and that he is a private weapons collector and patriot who has worked hard to serve his country.
"I did not sell any gang members any weapons," he said. "I love my country with all my heart. I would never expect my government to do this."
The ATF says the deal was carried out June 23 in the parking lot of a Pasadena post office. Gitschlag, along with another former Marine, met with a postal service supervisor, a Florencia 13 street gang member and other associates, and sold them the weapons for $6,000, the ATF said.
Unbeknown to Gitschlag, one of the men was working as an ATF informant.
In front of the F-13 gang member, the informant asked Gitschlag if he would be willing to sell more firearms to other gang members in the future. He agreed, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The gang member never took possession of the weapons, and the informant gave them to ATF agents after the sale.
On Monday, ATF agents arrested Jose Smith Pacheco, 31, of Montebello, and Miguel A. Ortiz, 49, of Northridge, both former Marines.
Also arrested were Edwin Cano, 33, of Northridge, and Christopher John Thomas, 32, of Van Nuys.
All five defendants are charged with five counts each of having unlawful assault weapons. Cano faces additional counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On Nov. 3, authorities arrested three men, including an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL, for conspiring to smuggle and sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado.
According to a criminal complaint, SEAL Nicholas Bickle of San Diego smuggled 80 AK-47 weapons from Iraq or Afghanistan, including factory-made 7.62 mm Iraqi machine guns that would be difficult or impossible to trace. Other weapons included Ruger handguns of the type used by U.S. military police officers.
In Gitschlag's case, investigators were still trying to determine where the guns came from, but several were purchased at gun shows in Arizona, ATF spokesman Chris Hoffman said.
Florencia 13 is a long-established Latino street gang which has grown to control large swaths of South Los Angeles. The gang has been blamed for numerous homicides, including the racist killings of black residents.
John Torres, the ATF's special agent in charge of the Los Angeles area, declined to comment on details of the ongoing investigation but said "it is a shame that these individuals took an oath to protect the nation, but placed the communities at risk by allegedly selling illegal high-powered firearms to gang members."
Stunned neighbors stood at the end of Gitschlag's driveway as agents raided his house last week. Boxes of ammunition and dozens of pistols and rifles were hauled out the building, including camouflaged, tactical-looking rifles with high-power scopes. In all, authorities seized more than 20 handguns and 45 rifles and shotguns, as well as 4,000 rounds of ammunition.
Gitschlag said most of his weapons were antiques, and he denied having any assault rifles.


Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nation/apnewsbreak-former-marines-accused-of-selling-assault-weapons-to-los-angeles-street-gang-106998608.html#ixzz14sKLFXI3


Three persons were wounded after two warring street gangs ran riot along Leon Garcia street

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Three persons were wounded after two warring street gangs ran riot along Leon Garcia street, Agdao District early Sunday morning.
Rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) were Alexander Lomanta Palcunit, 18, a resident of Jerome, Agdao; Bernard Cabuguas, 17, Kabayan, Tibungco, and Roberto Maisog, 17, a resident of Cabaguio Avenue, Agdao District, Davao City.
Palcunit sustained stab wound in the chest while both Cabuguas and Maisog sustained two stab wounds in the back.
The suspects were identified as Jay Mark Mahipus, a certain Alquinn, Michael Baki, Dodong Luz and alias Dodong Fox, of Barangay Tomas Monteverde, Davao City.
Based on police records, the group of Paculnit and the group of Mahipus ran riot at about 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, along Leon Garcia Street, Agdao, Davao City. (PNA)


Body armor, assault rifles, handguns, and black-tar heroin

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Body armor, assault rifles, handguns, and black-tar heroin: That's what police said they pulled out of eight homes Tuesday, the result of an undercover operation that lasted five months.
San Antonio police said they also pulled out a dozen suspected gang members.
Federal prosecutors handed down sealed indictments for some alleged members of the Mexican Mafia and arrested them on drug and extortion charges.

Agents with the ATF joined San Antonio's gang and TRU units in the round-up. Investigators said they found thousands of dollars in cash among the black-tar heroin.

Police Chief Bill McManus said the arrests put a severe dent in the mafia's leadership in San Antonio.

Prosecutors say three of the men arrested were illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal records who had already been deported.

The dozen face charges that carry federal prison sentences of up to 20 years behind bars and millions of dollars in fines.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Lil Wayne Continues to Promote Bloods Gang by Wearing Red | Sandra Rose

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Lil Wayne Continues to Promote Bloods Gang by Wearing Red | Sandra Rose: "rapper Lil Wayne was freed from the Rikers Island Correctional facility in NY where he served 8 months on weapons possession charges.
After a brief reunion with his baby mama Antonia “Toya” Carter, label reps and artists, he flew to Arizona to meet with his probation officer.
Lil Wayne was sentenced to 3 years unsupervised probation stemming from a 2008 drug charge in Yuma, AZ. He must also serve 360 hours of community service in Miami where he currently lives.
He is required to submit to regular drug and alcohol testing and his lips can’t touch alcohol (or weed) for 3 years. But according to pics posted on Twitter.com, Weezy has already broken the no alcohol rule."


the Somali Outlaws, 29 suspected Somali gang members indicted in sex-trafficking ring that included Nashville | tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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29 suspected Somali gang members indicted in sex-trafficking ring that included Nashville | tennessean.com | The Tennessean: "The indictment targets three groups that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has identified as Somali gangs: the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws.According to the indictment, members of those gangs traveled from the St. Paul area to Nashville, where they prostituted girls as young as 13 years old."


Nelson Ramirez Guerrero, 33, is dead after a gunman approached his vehicle and opened fire

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Nelson Ramirez Guerrero, 33, is dead after a gunman approached his vehicle and opened fire near an intersection around 8 p.m.

Police found the victim’s dead body outside his car when they arrived on scene and a child sitting in the back of the shot-up car.

“The victim was dropping his son off at his mother’s residence when the shooting occurred,” said Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr. “Thankfully, he was not harmed in the gun battle.”

Carr hopes the shocking circumstances spur the community into action.

“To kill somebody is atrocious … but to do it when there’s a small child in the vehicle is just absolutely, without a doubt, unacceptable,” he said. “This little boy came very close to being actually involved in the homicide. [The community] needs to step up and come forward with any information.”

Carr said investigators have “no doubt” the 33-year-old father was the victim of a targeted hit.

“The killer was here to kill Mr. Ramirez,” he said.

Ramirez isn’t known to local authorities but has been convicted of fraud in the U.S.

Investigators are trying to delve into Ramirez’s local connections to see if he has any links to organized crime.

“Whether he’s involved in drugs, gangs, organized crime … we just don’t know,” Carr said.


Masked gang attack billionaire mobile phone tycoon and his fiancee at home | Mail Online

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Masked gang attack billionaire mobile phone tycoon and his fiancee at home | Mail Online: "One of Britain’s richest men was left bloodied and bruised after being attacked with a crowbar during a robbery at his £7.5million home.Mobile phone tycoon John ­Caudwell – who is worth £1.3billion – was bound and gagged by the masked intruders.After assaulting Mr Caudwell, the gang allegedly turned on his glamorous fiancee, former model Claire Johnson, during the raid at 50-bedroom Broughton Hall on Monday evening."


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Man gets 10 years for role in Tacoma Crips gang melee | Crime News - The News Tribune

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Man gets 10 years for role in Tacoma Crips gang melee | Crime News - The News Tribune: "Larry Brown, 32, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and riot in connection with a melee and shooting at a Tacoma Denny’s restaurant in December 2008.
Brown, who previously served time for robbery and manslaughter, avoided a possible third strike that could have sent him to prison for life by entering into the plea agreement.
Brown’s attorney, Paula Olson, told Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle that her client had made strides to straighten out his life before his latest arrest. He was enrolled in school, had entered a long-term relationship and was talking to kids about the evils of crime, Olson said.
“He did everything in his power to separate himself from his former gang life,” she said.
Prosecutors said he slipped up the night of Dec. 6, 2008. That’s when several Crips started a fracas at the Denny’s restaurant on South Hosmer Street that ended with a security guard beaten and shots being fired in the parking lot."


Willie D Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud | Street Gangs Resource Center

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Willie D Sentenced To Prison For Wire Fraud | Street Gangs Resource Center: "Wiliam Dennis, aka “Willie D” formerly of Geto Boys, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison due to wire fraud. In a press release by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno to Houston Press, the music artist behind Texas One Wireless Company was exposed to “posing as an electronics salesman and using eBay to establish his credibility with international buyers. Once a buyer showed interest, Dennis directed the buyer outside of eBay to conduct sales via e-mail” and issuing false shipment tracking numbers."


gang-related violence following Monday's targeted killing of a high-ranking former Hells Angels associate

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Police fear escalating gang violence - Winnipeg Free Press: "gang-related violence following Monday's targeted killing of a high-ranking former Hells Angels associate.
A justice source told the Free Press officers have received internal mail in recent weeks warning that members of the Rock Machine motorcycle gang are believed to be armed and may be planning attacks against those affiliated with the Hells Angels.
The memo was circulated again this week following the shooting death of Daniel Benjamin Kachkan, 34. His body was found by his wife, Paddy, around 3 p.m. Monday inside his Point Douglas home at 99 Barber St. He had been shot, execution-style, in the back of the head.
A justice source said the killing is believed to be a deliberate 'hit,' which may be connected to Kachkan's alleged role in a previous homicide. No arrests have been made, although sources say investigators are exploring the link to the Rock Machine.
Winnipeg police spent much of Tuesday searching Kachkan's home and surrounding property. Nearly a dozen officers were in the back lane digging through Dumpsters, while members of the identification unit processed the scene. Sources say there is a strong possibility Kachkan knew his killer and may even have allowed the killer into his home, considering he went to extreme lengths to prevent intruders from gaining access to his property. His security measures included exterior camera surveillance and two guard dogs, who were found alive inside the home with Kachkan's body on Monday."


Gang member charged in guard deaths | Recordnet.com

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Gang member charged in guard deaths | Recordnet.com: "- Seventeen months after two unarmed security guards were found shot to death in the parking lot of the Stockton apartment complex where they were working, prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Stockton man with their murders.
Sary Svay is scheduled to appear in court this morning for further arraignment on a long list of charges, including two counts of murder, multiple counts of attempted murder and enhancements for membership in a criminal street gang.
San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Mayo said Svay is suspected in the fatal shootings of Claude Eugene McCormick, 50, and Oscar Eguis-Cazares, 46. They were AdForce security guards assigned to the Park Village Apartments, 3830 Alvarado Ave.
They were found shot to death early June 2, 2009, sitting in their cars, parked side by side in the complex's parking lot."


Far Rockaway Bloods leaders admit to trafficking cocaine

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YourNabe.com > Archives > Queens > Far Rockaway Bloods leaders admit to trafficking cocaine: "Two reputed leaders of the Bloods gang in Far Rockaway pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and firearm possession Friday in what the Queens district attorney called “a major blow” to the street gang’s cocaine operations on the peninsula.

Robert “Dead Eye” Baley, 32, believed to be the head of the Far Rockaway branch of the Bloods at the Edgemere Houses, admitted that he sold cocaine and had an illegal weapon, the DA said. Akeem “AK” Addison, 29, his suspected lieutenant, entered a guilty plea to having a loaded semiautomatic handgun.

Both will be imprisoned upstate following a sentencing hearing Nov. 19, according to acting Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron.

By pleading guilty, Baley, who is an aspiring rapper known as “The Boss of Far Rock,” reduced his sentence from 15 years to 8 1/2, and Addison cut his from seven years to six. They will be spending less time in prison than that if a jury had convicted them, but the plea nonetheless marks a significant gain in the ongoing fight to end gang-related crime in the area, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said."


Friday, 5 November 2010

Gangland Britain, From tea and crumpets to guns and grenades… | Street Gangs Resource Center

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Gangland Britain, From tea and crumpets to guns and grenades… | Street Gangs Resource Center: "Ten years ago, the idea that the likes of the Bloods, the Crips and the Latin Kings would one day extend their tentacles overseas to the United Kingdom would have been met with scorn and disbelief. Whereas Britain has always had its fair share of criminal activity, there is a clear distinction between organised crime groups and American-style territorial street gangs. The notion that gangsters in the UK would ever identify themselves by wearing a certain colour of clothing would have been laughable prior to the start of the twenty-first century. Fast forward a decade and the streets of London and Manchester are slowly becoming akin to those of Los Angeles and Chicago…
There are now an estimated twenty-five Blood sets and seven Crip sets in the city of London alone"


1 man arrested in gang killing at party | gang, santa, bertagna - News - The Orange County Register

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1 man arrested in gang killing at party | gang, santa, bertagna - News - The Orange County Register: "Police arrested a man suspected of killing a 22-year-old man and injuring two others during a suspected gang-related shooting at a house party. At least three accomplices remain at large, police said.Salvador Alvarez, 21, of Santa Ana was arrested at his home Monday night on suspicion of murder and gang enhancements, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. He is being held at the Santa Ana City Jail."


Outlaw 'Milwaukee Jack''s fate unclear - JSOnline

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Outlaw 'Milwaukee Jack''s fate unclear - JSOnline: "federal jury in Virginia reached verdicts Tuesday for two of four Outlaws Motorcycle Club members, but were sent home Tuesday before reaching verdicts on the other two, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
The defendants include Jack Rosga, known as 'Milwaukee Jack' and who prosecutors say is the national leader of the notorious gang.
Others on trial include William Davey of Asheville, N.C.; Mark Spradling of Hickory, N.C.; and Leslie Werth of Rock Hill, S.C.. They face racketeering and other charges. Their trial began last month, and jurors began deliberating Friday."


SAN BERNARDINO: Shootings kill two gang members | Local News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

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SAN BERNARDINO: Shootings kill two gang members | Local News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California: "Adrian Ray Gutierrez died at the scene of the officer-involved shooting about 2 a.m. Tuesday at 17th and G Streets.
Gutierrez, 28, had run a stop sign at 16th and H Streets, prompting a brief police pursuit that ended when he crashed into a tree, said Lt. Jarrod Burguan. Then he tried to run, investigators say.
'The officer sees that (Gutierrez) is armed with a handgun -- has it in his hand,' Burguan said. 'The suspect turns on the officer. The officer fires.'"


Alleged gang member slain in Marina District

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Alleged gang member slain in Marina District: "Jelvon Helton, 22, was shot numerous times in the chest at the Gravity Room at 3251 Scott St. at 11:58 p.m. Monday, according to police and the San Francisco medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.
Police did not have a detailed description of the shooter, who remains at large, said Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman.
A representative of the Gravity Room did not respond to a request for comment.
Helton was a member of the Western Addition gang Knockout Posse, police have said in court records."


Thursday, 4 November 2010

ESCONDIDO: Three held in stabbing

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ESCONDIDO: Three held in stabbing: "Escondido man is in stable condition after being stabbed about 10 times in a suspected gang-related attack, while three Vista teenagers are in custody and facing attempted murder charges, an Escondido police lieutenant said Tuesday.
About 12:30 a.m. Monday, Jose Solis, 20, was on a bicycle in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Gamble Street when three people pulled up in a car and got out, Lt. Craig Carter said.
At some point, someone in the group stabbed Solis. The victim fell off his bike, and was stabbed while on the ground, Carter said.
Suffering from about 10 wounds, the victim ran to a friend's house, and the friend took him to the hospital, Carter said.
About 15 minutes later, before police knew about the attack, an officer stopped a car with illegal modifications near Lincoln Avenue and Fig Street, Carter said. Three teenagers in the car were arrested for probation violations, Carter said."


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Marc Candler A reputed gang leader of West Oakland's Acorn gang was sentenced today to 48 years to life | Fugitive Watch / Wanted Fugitives From Justice

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Marc Candler A reputed gang leader of West Oakland's Acorn gang was sentenced today to 48 years to life | Fugitive Watch / Wanted Fugitives From Justice: "reputed gang leader who has claimed his trial was politically motivated was sentenced today to 48 years to life in state prison for shooting a rival gang member four years ago.Before he was sentenced, Marc Candler, 35, whom prosecutors say heads the Acorn gang based in West Oakland’s Acorn housing project, reiterated earlier claims that there were “politics involved” in his case. “(There’s) so much propaganda with the Oakland Police Department and the newspaper and the district attorney’s office,” he said.On Aug. 5, Candler was convicted of charges including attempted murder for shooting Ghost Town gang member Jermel Holloway on June 30, 2006, near the busy intersection of 31st Street and Martin Luther King Jr."


Police warning extended as four shot and wounded in Gastown - The Globe and Mail

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Police warning extended as four shot and wounded in Gastown - The Globe and Mail: "unprecedented warning by Vancouver police of a “high probability” of gang violence this past weekend has been given an open-ended extension after four people were shot and wounded Sunday morning on the sidewalks of Gastown.
“It’s not something we would retract unless we had a very good reason to – for example we made arrests,” Constable Jana McGuinness told a news conference on the sidewalk where the shooting occurred hours earlier as people were out celebrating Halloween.
Friday’s unusual warning was focused on the Halloween weekend, but Constable McGuinness said there is no longer a time limit, and that the public should remain alert in the coming days."


Ducarme Joseph released from prison: reports

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Ducarme Joseph released from prison: reports: "Former street gang leader Ducarme Joseph, 42, has reportedly been released from prison.
Joseph, who escaped a 50-bullet fusillade that killed two men and seriously injured two others at his high-fashion boutique in Old Montreal on March 18, was released Sunday from a prison in Rimouski after serving two-thirds of his 10-month sentence for assault, according to several media reports. Joseph was reportedly supposed to leave the jail Monday but his exit was held a day earlier and under maximum secrecy.
He was reportedly escorted out of the prison by police officers and representatives of the Quebec Department of Public Safety."


Monday, 1 November 2010

GARDAÍ HAVE seized drugs and a firearm and have arrested three people in unrelated gangland incidents in Dublin at the weekend.

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GARDAÍ HAVE seized drugs and a firearm and have arrested three people in unrelated gangland incidents in Dublin at the weekend.

In one of the operations, gardaí seized cannabis and cocaine. They believe the Dublin gang behind the haul has joined forces with a Vietnamese-led crime gang involved in large scale cannabis-growing operations here.

As part of the investigation into the Dublin gang, gardaí raided a house on Glasmanna Road, Finglas, north Dublin, and found drugs with an estimated street value of about €320,000.

Among the haul was cocaine valued at €210,000, cannabis plants valued at €10,000 and cannabis pollen valued at €110,000.

Cannabis pollen is effectively dried cannabis plants crushed and compressed into slabs.

The slabs are sold in 1kg quantities, usually for about €4,000 wholesale, to Irish gangs for sale on the streets. The street value of 1kg of cannabis pollen is between €12,000 and €14,000.

A man and woman in their 20s were arrested at the house in Finglas when the cannabis and cocaine find was made at 1.15pm on Saturday. They were taken to Finglas Garda station for questioning.

Gardaí believe the cannabis plants and pollen were sourced from one of a number of mainly Vietnamese-led gangs now operating here.

These gangs have become involved in cultivating crops of cannabis in sophisticated growing operations in rented houses across the Republic over the past two years. Last Thursday, gardaí found the latest cannabis grow house in Cullenmore, Ashford, Co Wicklow, where a crop of plants valued at €500,000 was discovered in a large rented house.

The discovery was the 15th grow-house found, involving seizures of plants valued at more than €4 million, since July as part of the Garda National Drugs Unit specialist grow-house investigation, Operation Nitrogen.

In another operation at the weekend, not related to the Finglas cannabis and cocaine find, gardaí seized a gun from a 19-year- old man in East Wall in Dublin’s north inner city.

The handgun was seized at East Road at 2.30pm on Saturday during an intelligence-led operation by local detective and drug units from the Garda’s Dublin north central division.

The man arrested at the scene is from Coolock, north Dublin.

He is believed to be aligned to a drugs gang involved in localised feuding with other factions in Coolock.

He is also associated with one of two feuding gangs based around the Sheriff Street area in the north inner city, not far from where he was arrested on Saturday.

The feud between the rival Sheriff Street factions has claimed five lives since it began about eight years ago, with two of the fatal attacks having taken place this year.

The man arrested in East Wall is being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Store Street Garda station in the north inner city. He can be detained for up to 72 hours without charge.


cocaine ring run by members of the Bloods street gang

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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."

The 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.

Law enforcement officials said the investigation was based on interviews with informants and extensive surveillance by federal, state and local authorities, including video and still photography allegedly showing the commission of crimes. Other information came "directly from participants of the conspiracy itself," according to the investigators.

Police said Best and Moody were bosses of "a regional distribution network" of street-level cocaine dealers. The pair "worked in concert to co-manage the procurement and distribution of cocaine to lower level dealers in the Pittsfield/Central Berkshire County area," according to a report by Nykorchuck and Price.

Authorities said four separate drug buys by confidential informants were made prior to Thursday's arrest of Best and Moody inside the BMC parking garage. A "takedown team" took the men into custody as they arrived at the hospital garage about 20 minutes apart late Thursday evening.

Information received by investigators indicated Best and Moody would be arriving separately at the garage, where they parked a black Jeep Liberty allegedly used for making drug deliveries. Best arrived shortly before 11 p.m. in a white Hummer, while Moody arrived about 20 minutes later in a green Nissan Altima.

In both instances, plainclothes Pittsfield drug investigators ordered the men at gunpoint to exit their vehicles.

Walters was taken into police custody outside a Seymour Street apartment around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Court records indicate Best and Jones -- the remaining wanted suspect in the case -- both have drug convictions in Berkshire Superior Court.

Moody was charged in connection with a March 2009 gunfight outside a Columbus Avenue apartment building, but the disposition of his case wasn't immediately known. Another defendant in that case was sentenced to state prison in July.

Police identified the owner of the seized Hummer as Liam Billard, of Great Barrington. Pittsfield residents Jessica Fitzgerald and Desiree Eason were identified as owners of the Lexus and Jeep Liberty, respectively.


The Krazy Locos has been affiliated at times with another gang, the “Making Life Krazy” or “MLK” gang, which also operates in Palm Beach County.

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Medina was a member of the “Krazy Locos,” also known as the “KL” gang, operating primarily in Palm Beach County. The Krazy Locos 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 approximately forty Krazy Locos gang members and associates.

According to documents filed with the court, the Krazy Locos organization made money through the sale of controlled substances, primarily oxycodone, Xanax, methadone, cocaine, crack, and marijuana. With respect to the prescription medications (oxycodone, Xanax, and methadone), a Krazy Locos member would “sponsor” a patient, that is, pay for the patient’s medical visit and prescription, in exchange for a portion of the prescription medication. The gang would then re-sell the prescription medication. Members of the gang also were required to pay “taxes” to the gang on a weekly basis and often resorted to criminal activity to secure the money to pay their “taxes.”

Medina was also charged for his involvement in two homicides. Counts 1 through 4 of the Second Superseding Information charged Medina with a number of offenses related to his involvement in the homicide of a person known as “R.F.” on January 9, 2009. The Second Superseding Information charged that the Krazy Locos is a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence, including attempted murder, obstruction of justice, extortion and distribution of controlled substances, and which operated principally in Palm Beach County. Counts 5 through 10 of the Second Superseding Information relate to an attempted Hobbs Act robbery in Palm Beach County that resulted in the death of a Palm Beach County man, “D.R.,” and the serious injury of another, “A.R,” on February 22, 2009.

On August 6, 2010, Medina pled guilty to all charges contained in the Second Superseding Information. Medina admitted that he was the person who shot and killed both R.F. and D.R. Medina agreed to be sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, to be followed by thirty-five years’ imprisonment. Medina also agreed to cooperate against the leaders of the gang and provided information regarding their involvement in the two homicides.

On Friday, October 22, 2010, United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra sentenced Medina to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, followed by a consecutive term of 420 months’ imprisonment. Medina was further ordered to pay $34,396.27 in restitution.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, ATF, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marie Villafaña and Mark Dispoto.


Arrested more than 60 members and associates of the Black Souls, the West Side street gang affiliation of the alleged gunman.

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killing of the 18-year-old high school student was like so many shootings in Chicago — the alleged work of a gang enforcer armed with a gun and a grudge.

But in the aftermath of the late August slaying, police cracked down as part of a new strategy to reduce shootings and homicides, arresting more than 60 members and associates of the Black Souls, the West Side street gang affiliation of the alleged gunman.

Most were nailed for drug offenses in the nearly two months since the Aug. 31 slaying of Anthony Carter, 18, police officials said Tuesday.


Robert Ramirez, 19, a documented member of the SUR-13 street gang

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Robert Ramirez, 19, a documented member of the SUR-13 street gang, smiled as he walked into Circuit Court Judge Debra Riva’s courtroom with his attorney Carolyn Schlemmer to accept a 25-year prison sentence for a second-degree murder charge.
His accomplice, Luis Rincon, 18, also accepted a plea deal in June and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder.Daniel Case, 59, was found Feb. 23, 2009, behind Griggs Plumbing at 12th Avenue West and 14th Street, where he normally stayed, according to a Bradenton Police Department arrest report.
Ramirez used an aluminum baseball bat and Rincon swung a golf club, pounding Case’s body, according to reports.
“The only way I can get closure for my son is I have to ask God to forgive you. I think I could and have closure. It’s so hard. ... Not a day goes by that I don’t think about this. I shed tears everyday,” said Rachel Case, Case’s mother as she addressed Ramirez and passed him at the table. “May God bless you.”
Ramirez did not seem moved by Case’s mother. He chose not to address the court or Case’s family.
Investigators located the club and the bat covered in Case’s blood nearby inside a hollow tree, according to reports. Ramirez’s DNA was found on the bat; Rincon’s was not on the golf club because he used his shirt sleeves to cover his hands as he clutched the handle, according to police.
During interviews, Bradenton Police Detective Greg Price was told the teens planned to burglarize a nearby tire store, Pedro & Jesus Tire Shop. They brought the golf club and bat to break out the windows.
Rincon told Ramirez they had to take care of Case and knock him out. Case never said anything to the teens, according to reports.
Had Ramirez taken his case to trial and been convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to life in prison.


Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2010/10/27/2688058/bradenton-gang-member-sentenced.html#ixzz141J5hRWZ


Gang unit seeks Utah's 'Public Enemy Number One'

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Police are searching for 18-year-old Carlos Umana, who investigators say is a member of a street gang and is wanted in connection with a recent stabbing incident in Magna.

Police say Umana's previous criminal history includes arrests for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Police say Umana is a male Hispanic, 5’8” and 180 lbs. He has a tattoo on his face of a Huelga bird; a tattoo on his throat of the number “14,” and a tattoo on the back of his neck of the letter “N.”.

Police asked that anyone with any information that would assist in the arrest of Umana to contact the Metro Gang Unit through UPD Dispatch at (801) 743-7000.


The Insane M.O.B. has been involved in every crime you can think of

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The Insane M.O.B. has been involved in every crime you can think of, including two murders, murder for hire, drive by shootings, drug trafficking and arson.

The investigation started back in 2007 after the shooting of a school bus. The gang was involved in intense gang warfare with a rival gang.

News 13 was told their headquarters was the Fade Factory barbershop on Conway Road.

Things escalated this spring when gunfire hit the barbershop. In response, the Sheriffs Office Gang Enforcement Unit decided to partner with FBI, FDLE and Crimeline to try to take them down.

Authorities said through undercover buys and tips, they were able to do a sweep in July, arresting nine members including the current leader Theodore Vasquez and the self-appointed hitman nicknamed Brazil, Joshua Tuxton.

"We're on top of it. We can assure this community we are working diligently to keep this community safe and free," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Demings said many people were intimidated and turned a blind eye, but he hopes the announcement will encourage help on ongoing gang investigations.

There are currently 55 known gangs in Orange County, with about 1,300 known members and associates.


Gang member's house sprayed with gunfire

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Someone sprayed the home of a known gang member with gunfire late Wednesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
No one was hurt, but deputies did recover several 9mm casings and projectiles from inside and outside of the gang member’s residence in the 5600 block of 12th Street East. A deputy, who heard the gunfire while standing in front of a nearby sheriff’s substation, reported hearing about 15 gunshots, according to a news release.
While the gang member’s residence appears to have been the apparent target, investigators also determined that a second residence to the south and east, in the 1200 block of 57th Avenue East, was also struck by gunfire, according to the sheriff’s office.
No one reported seeing any suspects or vehicles that may have been connected with the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.


Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2010/10/29/2693640/gang-members-house-sprayed-with.html#ixzz141EZLV1j


Targeting two men police think are leaders of a notorious Hayward street gang

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pair of Central Valley raids targeting two men police think are leaders of a notorious Hayward street gang netted one suspect Tuesday while the other got away.
Samuel Soares, 22, was traced to a home in Modesto, where he was arrested without incident. He faces charges of drug trafficking, being a felon in possession of a handgun, conspiracy and several other drug-related charges.
"Sam basically succumbed," said Hayward police Sgt. Steve Brown. "He threw his hands up and was taken into custody."
A short time later, about 4 p.m., parolee-at-large Ruben Chavez, 32, fled from police at a house in Manteca and, after some evasive action, ran into a strip mall on West Yosemite Avenue, officials said.
Hayward officers, who were being assisted by state Department of Justice and federal agents, thought Chavez ran into a small bar called the Starlite Room.
"They were pretty optimistic he was in there," Brown said. "They surrounded the bar and called everybody out."
Bartender Janna Miller said she and seven patrons went outside, where officers "were everywhere, pointing guns, lying on the ground across the street with rifles."
Officers searched the Starlite Room but did not find Chavez.
"They looked everywhere," Miller said. "The jukebox was pulled away from the wall, drawers were all open, they moved the ceiling tiles. "... It was pretty funny."


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