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Sunday, 30 May 2010

BLACK STREET GANG TARGETS LATINOS FOR MURDER « THE MILLSTONE DIARIES

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BLACK STREET GANG TARGETS LATINOS FOR MURDER « THE MILLSTONE DIARIES: "19-year-old Arsenio Morgan allegedly murdered Salvador Soliz, 18 and Ramiro Sanchez, 16 to gain membership into the 1200 Blocc Crips, a violent street gang.
“He was given instructions that he needed to kill somebody, and if that person happened to be Latino, more the better.”—Rod Pacheco, Riverside County District Attorney
Morgan allegedly fired into a group of kids playing in the yard in front of a house in Riverside, California, killing two Latino teenagers.
“Killing two young men just because they’re Latino is senseless, hateful and shall not be tolerated in the city of Riverside.”—Riverside Police Chief John De La Rosa
The black teen is currently serving six years for armed robbery and will be brought to Riverside to face murder charges within a few weeks."


Saturday, 29 May 2010

Dudus Coke's main US operations are in the Bronx and Queens

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Dudus Coke's main US operations are in the Bronx and Queens. Jamaican businessmen are said to have flown into the US with drugs and purchased guns here to send back to Jamaica for the Shower Posse. In Kingston, Coke is seen by many as a better caretaker than the government, and the Guardian reports that protesters were carrying signs in the capital that read "Jesus died for us. We will die for Dudus."

Dudus Coke is still on the run, but the Daily News reports that he may turn himself in to US authorities this weekend. A source close to Coke said he would prefer to avoid being locked up in a Jamaican jail. Probably a good idea.


Christopher Dudus Coke: Who Is the Jamaica Drug Lord - The Daily Beast

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Christopher Dudus Coke: Who Is the Jamaica Drug Lord - The Daily Beast: "Twenty years ago, American authorities had Jamaica's most feared drug lord in their hands. In 1988, the aptly named Christopher Coke, aka 'Dudus,' was convicted of possession of stolen property in North Carolina. But instead of being sent to an American prison, he was deported to Jamaica. Since his return to the island, Dudus has cultivated an almost messianic following among his supporters in the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens. So when Jamaican authorities announced last week that they would extradite Dudus to the U.S., people took to the streets in protest, brandishing signs that read “Jesus died for us, we will die for Dudus.”"


Christopher Dudus Coke: Who Is the Jamaica Drug Lord - The Daily Beast

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Christopher Dudus Coke: Who Is the Jamaica Drug Lord - The Daily Beast: "Twenty years ago, American authorities had Jamaica's most feared drug lord in their hands. In 1988, the aptly named Christopher Coke, aka 'Dudus,' was convicted of possession of stolen property in North Carolina. But instead of being sent to an American prison, he was deported to Jamaica. Since his return to the island, Dudus has cultivated an almost messianic following among his supporters in the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens. So when Jamaican authorities announced last week that they would extradite Dudus to the U.S., people took to the streets in protest, brandishing signs that read “Jesus died for us, we will die for Dudus.”"


The Associated Press: Mexico offers rewards for 33 drug gang suspects

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The Associated Press: Mexico offers rewards for 33 drug gang suspects: "Juan Pablo Ledezma, is believed to be the head of La Linea, said the official, who is with the joint army and police operation in charge of security in Chihuahua. He agreed to discuss the list only on condition of not being quoted by name, because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
A turf battle between the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels has turned Ciudad Juarez into one of the world's deadliest cities. More than 4,300 people have been killed over the past three years in the city, which lies across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Five men were killed in a Ciudad Juarez shooting Friday, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors' office.
The five were riding in a car when gunmen drove up beside them and opened fire, Sandoval said. Two of the five were killed inside the car. The others tried to flee into a restaurant but were gunned down in front of panicked customers."


Friday, 28 May 2010

Grandmother: Teen killed by gang members - News - ReviewJournal.com

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Grandmother: Teen killed by gang members - News - ReviewJournal.com: "Donald Troutman died from a gunshot wound to the right buttock, according to the Clark County coroner's office.
Della Jerkins-Chaney, 51, said Troutman was killed after a fight with a member of the HTO gang. Troutman had recently played basketball against the gang member's younger brother, she said, and was jumped by the gang while walking home.
'He was on his way home and they jumped out and they had a fight,' she said. Then, one of the suspects 'ran back to his car, grabbed a gun and shot him.'
Jerkins-Chaney said her grandson was not a member of a gang.
North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell could not confirm whether Troutman or the suspects were gang members, or if the incident was related to a basketball game.
At least 10 gunshots were fired, he said, possibly by multiple persons."


Police: Gang war behind Lake Calhoun killing | StarTribune.com

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Police: Gang war behind Lake Calhoun killing | StarTribune.com: "man shot to death Monday night in an ambush along a scenic city bike path was the latest victim in a gang war responsible for numerous shootings this year, police said Tuesday.
The killing of Derrick Gregory Martin, 20, happened along a popular stretch of the Lake Calhoun shoreline used daily by bicyclists, runners and in-line skaters.
'It was a close call,' said Inspector Eddie Frizell, who commands the city's 5th Precinct, which includes the area.
Frizell said top police officials from multiple departments met Tuesday morning to talk about their response to the latest shooting in an ongoing gang war. He said police plan a 'robust' response."


Winnipeg police vow increased presence after teen dies in gang shooting

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Winnipeg police vow increased presence after teen dies in gang shooting: "Kyle Stephen Earl, 16, was killed in a daylight shooting Tuesday afternoon.
His friend Byron Cook, 13, was also hit but survived the attack.
Earl, who was affiliated with the Indian Posse street gang, was sitting outside a home when he was shot. Justice sources told the Winnipeg Free Press earlier this week the death points to mounting gang tensions in the city."


Wednesday, 26 May 2010

West End shooting may be a targeted gang-related attack: police - Winnipeg Free Press

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West End shooting may be a targeted gang-related attack: police - Winnipeg Free Press: "shooting that killed a teenaged boy in the city's West End neighbourhood Tuesday afternoon was possibly a targeted, gang-related attack, Winnipeg police said today.
Const. Jason Michalyshen said two suspects arrived at a Toronto Street residence just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, then shot at the two boys, aged 13 and 16.
The older boy suffered gun shot wounds to his upper and lower body. He was taken to hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries, Michalyshen said. The 13-year-old boy was hit in the lower body,' he was treated in hospital and released.
'This is not a random act,' Michalyshen said during a news conference from the Public Safety Building this afternoon. 'These individuals were targeted.'
A second shooting happened when an associate of the two boys followed their attackers and eventually discharged a firearm in the 600 block of Agnes Street, two blocks to the east of where the initial attack occurred, police said. Two vehicles were struck; they were unrelated to the first shooting and no one was injured."


44 Dead in Jamaican Gunbattles | Americas | English

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44 Dead in Jamaican Gunbattles | Americas | English: "alleged leader of the 'Shower Posse,' named for the practice of showering rivals with bullets during the cocaine wars of the 1980s, has not been found.

The unrest has forced the closure of schools and businesses across the capital, and a state of emergency remains in effect for parts of Kingston.

The United States issued a travel alert to warn citizens against visiting the island nation.

Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding told parliament Tuesday the government deeply regrets the loss of lives, especially those of members of the security forces and innocent, law-abiding citizens caught in the crossfire. He promised 'strong and decisive' action to restore order in the country.

Coke is wanted by the United States for alleged cocaine and arms trafficking. U.S. officials sent an extradition request for Coke to the Jamaican government nine months ago, but Prime Minister Golding had refused to allow it to be processed, arguing that the evidence in it had been obtained illegally."


BBC News - Jamaica shoot-out death toll 'rises to 44'

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BBC News - Jamaica shoot-out death toll 'rises to 44': "44 people have died during fighting between police and gunmen in the current anti-drug offensive in Kingston, Jamaica's ombudsman says.
The city has seen days of running battles between security forces and fighters loyal to a suspected drug trafficker sought by the US.
The whereabouts of alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is unknown."


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Cash blurs organized crime lines as gangsters change sides frequently | angels.baseball-news-update.com

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Cash blurs organized crime lines as gangsters change sides frequently | angels.baseball-news-update.com: "known member of the Red Scorpions gang, he said the same person was picked up in a combined forces operation against the Hell’s Angels months earlier in Vancouver.
It’s not about how long a criminal is with one gang, it’s about what they can do for business, according to MacDonald.
“What can you do to ensure my product arrives where it needs to arrive? What can you do to lend enforcement muscle to what I’m trying to achieve today?” he said."


Cops: Gang member stabbed during West Main Street altercation

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Cops: Gang member stabbed during West Main Street altercation: "Philippe Robinette, 26, of Akron, Ohio stabbed 30-year-old Riverhead resident Brian Castillo three times at around 1 p.m. Monday after Mr. Castillo, a self-professed Latin King gang member, confronted Mr. Robinette, whom he believed to be a member of a rival gang, police said.
What started as a verbal altercation outside the Seafield Center substance abuse center, with Mr. Castillo cursing at Mr. Robinette, quickly turned into a physical struggle in the middle of the road, according to police. It was unclear to police who first pulled out the knife.
'There was just a lot of cops,' said an employee at the nearby Lighthouse Insurance agency. 'We seen a stretcher go out,' added a colleague.
Police said Mr. Robinette attempted to flee the scene by foot, but was apprehended a short time later. He is being held on $50,000 bail, police said"


Gangs Reportedly Growing in Mountain State - WVNS-TV - WVNSTV.com

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Gangs Reportedly Growing in Mountain State - WVNS-TV - WVNSTV.com: "linked 24 gangs to West Virginia. That includes white supremacy groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and perhaps the most dangerous of the group: street gangs. Detective Jim Sizemore, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, says it’s a problem that must be stopped before it grows.
“What we’re seeing is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Sizemore. 'We’ve got a presence of gangs right her in the southern part of our state.”
Some of the gangs, found in our state, stem from Kanawha County. Gangs have set up shop in Charleston and also in the surrounding areas. Undercover police officers say that gangs don’t need to live in the city to operate. In some instances they’ll commute from outlying communities.
One undercover officer with the Charleston Police Department told us they’ve dealt with a slew of street gangs including Bloods, Crips and the Folk Nation out of Chicago. Lately they’ve seen a lot of action from what they call hybrid gangs.
“A lot of times the New York guys, or the Detroit, Columbus guys, they will come in and maybe one or two guys will try to set up a gang here,” said one of the undercover police officers we interviewed.
Hybrid gangs are often created by out-of-towners. Sometimes they also learn the trade through pop culture like music videos, or the internet. Often times hybrid gangs are focused on money, and have less hardcore affiliations with a larger group. In other words, Bloods and Crips will sometimes work together when it’s profitable."


The Press Association: Forces battle wanted leader's gang

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The Press Association: Forces battle wanted leader's gang: "More than 1,000 police and soldiers have raided a public housing complex in Jamaica occupied by heavily armed gangsters defending an alleged drug lord wanted by the US.
In a major offensive in the heart of West Kingston's ramshackle slums, security forces broke through barbed-wire barricades and fought their way into the warren-like Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood on Monday night.
Sporadic gunfire could be heard into the night echoing across the darkened slums, where authorities cut off power.
Masked gunmen have swarmed around West Kingston trying to prevent the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who has been indicted in New York on drug and arms trafficking charges. The US Justice Department considers him one of the world's most dangerous drug lords."


Jamaican police storm gangster’s complex - The Boston Globe

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Jamaican police storm gangster’s complex - The Boston Globe: "Security forces fought their way into the warren-like complex that is the slum stronghold of a Jamaican gang leader facing extradition to the United States and sporadic gunfire could be heard late into last night.

More than 1,000 police officers and soldiers attacked heavily armed gang members defending the West Kingston base of Christopher “Dudus’’ Coke, who has been indicted in the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges. Military helicopters flying with their lights off could be heard buzzing above the darkened slums, where authorities cut off power.
As security forces broke through barbed-wire barricades yesterday to begin their offensive in Coke’s Tivoli Garden neighborhood, clashes with masked gunmen spread to other volatile slums close to the capital on Jamaica’s southeastern coast, far from the tourist resorts on the north shore."


Monday, 24 May 2010

News - Crime & Courts: Police prepare for bloody gang backlash (Page 1 of 2)

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News - Crime & Courts: Police prepare for bloody gang backlash (Page 1 of 2): "Cops are bracing themselves for an all-out street war in the wake of an alleged gang boss' fatal shooting this weekend.

Police have already called for reinforcements and are preparing for a bloody gang backlash.

This follows the dramatic shootout between cops and alleged gang boss Gert 'Mfo' Solomons, 63, in Hanover Park at the weekend.

Cops fear the shooting may shatter three years of relative peace between rival gangs.

The drama unfolded on Saturday just after 4.30pm when Solomons, who was believed to be a senior member of the Laughing Boys, sought revenge on the Americans gang following the shooting of his grandson Warren Manuel, 21."


Three Texas Mexican Mafia Members Convicted on Racketeering Charges - 7thSpace Interactive

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Friday, 21 May 2010

The Associated Press: Northern Mexico shootouts kill 2 police, 7 gunmen

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The Associated Press: Northern Mexico shootouts kill 2 police, 7 gunmen: "Gunbattles between security forces and armed attackers have killed nine people in two states along the U.S. border, Mexican authorities said Thursday.
The Navy says four attackers died in a gunbattle between marines and members of the Zetas drug gang in the town of San Carlos, in the border state of Tamaulipas. The Navy said in a press statement that a convoy of vehicles opened fire on a marine patrol.
Marines detained four suspected gunmen — three of them Guatemalan citizens — and seized 14 rifles and over 3,600 weapons after the clash.
And in the state of Coahuila, two police officers and three gunmen are dead in a shootout in Torreon, prosecutors said.
In Ciudad Juarez, federal police detained an alleged gang member accused of participating in 11 killings.
Suspect Luis Humberto Hernandez allegedly belonged to the 'La Linea' gang allied with the Juarez drug cartel. Police said Hernandez relied on a network of lookouts to locate his victims, usually members of rival gangs."


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

92 Family Swans, affiliates of the Bloods,Gang leader faces possible life sentence after murder of gang member he thought was gay - baltimoresun.com

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Gang leader faces possible life sentence after murder of gang member he thought was gay - baltimoresun.com: "Timothy E. Rawlings Jr. was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and two hate crimes in the death two years ago of Steven Parrish, 18. Parrish had been stabbed and beaten, a red bandanna left over his face.
Prosecutors said that Rawlings, a leader of the so-called 92 Family Swans, affiliates of the Bloods, had demanded that two other men kill Parrish on May 29, 2008, after they discovered that he had exchanged salacious phone messages with another man."


Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street

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Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street: "One night in early April, Bobby Leal, Israel Banda, Abraham Serna and another unidentified suspect put a gun to someone’s head, beat and stabbed him repeatedly, then left him for dead in front of the Harlingen Sports Complex.
Roughly one week later, violence broke out again in Harlingen when Leal and Alfredo Aguilar attempted to kidnap a Harlingen man at gunpoint outside his brother’s house. Aguilar was shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital after the victim fought back. Both Aguilar and Leal were arrested soon after the incident.
What has concerned local police is both the violent nature of these two incidents and that the crimes appear to be connected to one of the largest and most violent gangs in Texas."


Monday, 17 May 2010

American Jason Palmer Killed By Killer Beez Gang Member « E2NZ

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American Jason Palmer Killed By Killer Beez Gang Member « E2NZ: "Ex US Marine Corp member Jason Palmer has been named as the prison officer killed by an inmate at Spring Hill prison in the Waikato. Mr Palmer died from his injuries after an assault that took place on May 15 2010.
Members of the Trademe message boards have talked about under-staffing being a problem at the prison
Sources have told reporters at the Dominion Post that the man responsible for the attack was a member of the Killer Beez, one of many gangs that terrorise the small islands of New Zealand. Their activities and recruitment has spread out of South Auckland into areas like the North Shore, however their presence is often downplayed and kept out of news reports so as not to generate adverse publicity."


Friday, 14 May 2010

U.S. gangs, Mexican drug traffickers linked

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U.S. gangs, Mexican drug traffickers linked: "Mexican drug traffickers need someone killed or kidnapped, or drugs distributed in the United States, they increasingly call on American subcontractors - U.S.-based prison gangs that run criminal enterprises from behind bars, sometimes even from solitary confinement.
Prison gangs have long controlled armies of street toughs on the outside. But in interviews with The Associated Press, authorities say the gangs' activity has expanded beyond street-level drug sales to establish a business alliance with Mexican cartels.
'They'll do the dirty work that, say, the cartels, they don't want to do' in the United States. 'They don't want to get involved,' said a former member of Barrio Azteca, a U.S. prison gang tied to Mexico's Juarez cartel."


The Ladiis and The Baddest: Minneapolis girl gangs call a truce - Minneapolis - Slideshows

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The Ladiis and The Baddest: Minneapolis girl gangs call a truce - Minneapolis - Slideshows: "The Ladiis and were known as one of the toughest female cliques on Minneapolis’ north side - until Lele died. The Baddest were their rivals until a banquet reunited them in Lele's name"


The Associated Press: Police find bodies of 7 men in northern Mexico

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The Associated Press: Police find bodies of 7 men in northern Mexico: "pile of five bodies has been found in a northern city near the U.S. border and two other corpses were discovered nearby.
The seven dead are all apparently young men who were shot or tortured to death.
The Chihuahua state attorney general's office says two men were found dead early Wednesday with their heads bound in duct tape in Nuevo Casas Grandes.
Five more bodies bearing signs of torture and bullet wounds were discovered piled up in another part of town.
Cartridges found at the scene were from 9 mm weapons frequently used by Mexico's drug gangs."


Ex-Mexican Mafia hit men detail gruesome gang killings | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Ex-Mexican Mafia hit men detail gruesome gang killings | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "Three former Texas Mexican Mafia hit men engaged in a matter-of-fact, business-like tone Thursday as they described for federal jurors their participation in five San Antonio slayings.
Onetime mafia sergeant Ricardo Saenz said he agreed to testify against three high-ranking members who were once his bosses because he's seen too many people die. He also has nothing to lose, he added, explaining that the organization has already called for his assassination.
“They put the green light (for a hit) on me before I even cooperated,”"


Thursday, 13 May 2010

New Mexico bounty hunter stands indicted for the murder of a Plainview man.

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Police there say on February 9th, Jarrod Flaming, a 41-year-old bounty hunter, and another man went to an apartment in Plainview to try to take 31-year-old Dereck Graves into custody for a drug warrant in Potter County. Police say Graves jumped out of a back window of an apartment and ran down an alley, where he was shot with a nine millimeter handgun.

Police add that Flaming did not have a license in Texas to act as a bounty hunter in this state.


Summit County gang raid nets Surenos suspects - Salt Lake Tribune

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Summit County gang raid nets Surenos suspects - Salt Lake Tribune: "four documented members of the often violent Mexican-American street gang were taken into custody Wednesday night at the Canyon Creek Apartments in Snyderville Basin.
The raid, which included an unspecified number of sheriff's deputies, Utah Highway Patrol troopers, Park City police and Metro Gang Unit officers, also nabbed two suspects with records of being Sureños affiliates, as well as three more suspected affiliates of the gang.
Those arrested are suspected of numerous drug, alcohol and other offenses. The extent of alleged violations continued to be investigated Thursday.
'Some suspects had ties to the local 'Brown Side 13' Sureños clique as well as documented Sureños gangs in Wasatch and Utah County,' Wilkinson stated. 'The case may also be related to a retail theft that occurred earlier in the day in Park City.'
Seven adults were booked into the Summit County Jail, while one juvenile suspect was incarcerated at a juvenile detention facility. A second juvenile was released 'on referral,' or pending further proceedings; two of the adults also were placed on immigration hold for Homeland Security processing, Wilkinson said."


Wednesday, 12 May 2010

El Blog del Narco

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El Blog del Narco: "Jose Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, 'El Indio' or 'Chayanne' the Wednesday was his fourth arrest.

The most recent arrest was on Wednesday in La Herradura and occurs 13 years after the first, when he had served on the Amezcua cartel, the Carrillo Fuentes and the Beltran Leyva, curriculum that made him one of the figures leading drug trafficking in Mexico.

Of the four times that 'El Indio' has been detained since 1995, three of them went to the U.S. request, which calls for extradition."


El Blog del Narco

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El Blog del Narco: "Dagoberto Jimenez Díaz de León, 'El Cantante', considered the main operator for the transfer of drug kingpin who led Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, 'El Indio', was arrested by federal police in this capital, along with an accomplice originally from Chile.

Small Ramón García, head of the Drug Enforcement Division of the Federal Police (PF), reported Monday that 'El Cantante' was arrested yesterday when he was holding a meeting with two members of the group 'El Indio' and of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, 'La Barbie' to define a reorganization following the capture of drug lord, on 21 April."


Mohave Daily News > News > Local > Montoya appealing 2009 sentence

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Mohave Daily News > News > Local > Montoya appealing 2009 sentence: "Leroy Montoya, 44, was convicted in March 2009 of one count each of criminal damage, fraudulent schemes and artifices, participating in a street gang and a misdemeanor charge of engaging in contracting without a license. He was acquitted of first-degree trespassing and another count of criminal damage.Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen sentenced Montoya in April 2009 to 26 years in prison for the four criminal charges.
Jill Evans, an appellate attorney, is seeking to modify that sentence, citing prior convictions from California that may be too old or would not be felonies if committed in Arizona."


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

‘Operation Groundhog’ roots out 45 suspected gang members in Watsonville | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street

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‘Operation Groundhog’ roots out 45 suspected gang members in Watsonville | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street: "Forty-three suspected gang members have been arrested and two others are wanted after a year-long investigation into a violent Sureno street gang in Watsonville.
Operation Groundhog” rooted out the Poorside gang, an organization of about 200 gang members responsible for a growing number of drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies and other attacks in the city, according to Watsonville Deputy Police Chief Rudy Escalante.
“The gang unit in the course of their duties were noticing an increase in activities in the particular street gang,” Escalante said. “Our goal was to significantly cripple the organization the best we could.”"


‘Operation Groundhog’ roots out 45 suspected gang members in Watsonville | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street

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‘Operation Groundhog’ roots out 45 suspected gang members in Watsonville | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street: "Forty-three suspected gang members have been arrested and two others are wanted after a year-long investigation into a violent Sureno street gang in Watsonville.
Operation Groundhog” rooted out the Poorside gang, an organization of about 200 gang members responsible for a growing number of drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies and other attacks in the city, according to Watsonville Deputy Police Chief Rudy Escalante.
“The gang unit in the course of their duties were noticing an increase in activities in the particular street gang,” Escalante said. “Our goal was to significantly cripple the organization the best we could.”
With help from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the county, Watsonville police gang investigators went after the gang, described at the largest Sureno gang in the city.
The majority of the arrests were for trafficking and possessing guns, gang participation, drug charges and violating probation terms. Several men were arrested more than once over the course of the year, according to the Police Department."


Sunday, 9 May 2010

Gang member guilty in Sacramento deputy’s slaying | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street

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Gang member guilty in Sacramento deputy’s slaying | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street: "Three jurors interviewed by The Bee – all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, in fear of street gang retaliation – described the evidence against Siackasorn as “overwhelming.” They said there was ample evidence he knew he was being chased by a deputy.
The foreman of the panel said he found the testimony of Nguyen’s partner, Ed Yee, the most compelling of the trial. Yee didn’t actually see the shooting or hear Nguyen identify himself as a deputy, but the foreman said it was Yee’s refusal to embellish that made him a powerful witness. “He was so absolutely honest,” the 68-year-old foreman said.
Through 78 witnesses over 13 court days, Norgaard portrayed Siackasorn as a cop-hater who freely expressed his disdain of law enforcement over the course of 26 arrests and repeated stays in juvenile custody in the four years that preceded the shooting.
Siackasorn threatened officers even after his arrest in the detective’s killing, telling one of them that the slain deputy “deserved it,” according to the trial testimony."


Scotland's top cop vows to step up his war on gangsters by grabbing their ill-gotten gains | News Of The World

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Scotland's top cop vows to step up his war on gangsters by grabbing their ill-gotten gains | News Of The World: "warned wannabe gangsters they face a grim existence if they decide to follow the likes of slain thug Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll, 29, into a life of crime.
The Daniel crime clan enforcer was gunned down in January in an Asda supermarket car park in Robroyston, Glasgow, where he was supposed to be meeting an associate.
House explained: 'I think there is a view among young men in the west of Scotland that if they can't make it playing football for the likes of Celtic or Rangers then being a gangster is the way forward. But look at Kevin Carroll - he is dead at the age of 29. What sort of life did he have?
'He was living on his nerves and had been shot twice before.
'Someone else who has lived a bit longer, Ian 'Blink' McDonald, is hyped as some sort of glamorous criminal. But the guy has been chased around the streets of Glasgow by young kids and slashed in the face.
'He may have been some big shot, but look at him now - PATHETIC frankly.
GERBIL had been shot twice before..was living on his nerves..and is now dead aged just 29"


The Associated Press: Mexico extradites ex-gov. to US on drug charges

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The Associated Press: Mexico extradites ex-gov. to US on drug charges: "Mario Villanueva, who was governor of the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo from 1993 to 1999, was turned over to U.S. authorities Saturday at the international airport in Toluca, a city near the Mexican capital, the federal Attorney General's Office said in a statement.
Villanueva is the first former governor to be extradited to the U.S. on drug charges.
He is charged in New York federal court with aiding the Juarez cartel smuggle hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine to the United States via Cancun. U.S. prosecutors have said Villanueva received $500,000 for each of several shipments he aided."


Friday, 7 May 2010

Alleged Crips argue ‘umbrella’ tactic unfair | Crime News - The News Tribune

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Alleged Crips argue ‘umbrella’ tactic unfair | Crime News - The News Tribune: "criminal conspiracy case against alleged members of the Hilltop Crips street gang withstood assaults from the defendants’ attorneys Thursday.
Defense attorneys had asked Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle to dismiss the conspiracy charge – the crux of the case against the remaining two dozen suspected gang members.
Felnagle declined to do that but scheduled another hearing for May 21, during which prosecutors and defense attorneys again will argue over the validity of the charge.
Each of the 25 defendants is charged with conspiracy to commit 13 crimes. Most also are charged with a range of other crimes."


Thursday, 6 May 2010

Shower Posse arrests not enough - Breaking & Current Jamaica News - JamaicaObserver.com

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Shower Posse arrests not enough - Breaking & Current Jamaica News - JamaicaObserver.com: "CANADIAN police say the arrests of more than 70 people including alleged members of the Jamaican Shower Posse have failed to prevent street gang activity in that country, reports the Toronto Star.
The newspaper quoted critics of law enforcement who said that such operations which cost millions have failed. The operation earlier this week involved 1,000 police officers and 105 search warrants.
Meantime, police named two alleged leaders of the Shower Posse gang held in the pre-dawn raids on Tuesday. Courtney Ottey is accused of violating his bail having been under house arrest since November on charges including participating in a criminal organisation.
He has been charged with trafficking cocaine and failing to comply with a recognisance.
The other, Derrick Smith, is accused of supplying firearms and drugs. Police said Smith regularly sending back money to Jamaica."


Teen shot in head in drive-by shooting - Chicago Breaking News

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Teen shot in head in drive-by shooting - Chicago Breaking News: "drive-by shooting late Sunday night on the Southwest Side has left a 15-year-old boy playing basketball in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
The shooting happened at Kedvale Avenue and 82nd Place in the city's Ashburn neighborhood at 11:40 p.m., according to Chicago Police News Affairs Amina Greer. She said the victim was outside with others when the assailants drove up in a dark-colored vehicle, fired shots at the victims, then fled west on 82nd Place. The shooting was possibly gang-related, Greer said.
A police source at the scene said the boy and his friends were playing basketball at the time of the shooting."


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

CBC News - Manitoba - Crown seeks 25-year murder sentence for Cansanay

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CBC News - Manitoba - Crown seeks 25-year murder sentence for Cansanay: "man who shot and killed an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of a Winnipeg gang war will have to wait two more weeks to learn his fate.
Jeffrey Cansanay, 24, was convicted of second-degree murder on Apr. 22 after a long jury trial that began in early March.
Phil Haiart, the son of a city surgeon, was 17 when he was killed by bullets fired near the intersection of Sargent Avenue and Maryland Street on Oct. 10, 2005.
At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Gerry Bowering asked Justice Shawn Greenberg to order a life sentence with no parole for 25 years — the maximum penalty."


Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Fixing the RCMP

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Fixing the RCMP: "senior Mountie was forced to admit under oath that he had given a fake memo to defence lawyers in a major drug prosecution -- a memo that hid the fact that Mounties were gathering wiretap evidence improperly. As a result, a year-long investigation into possible drug dealing by Hells Angels bikers has had to be dropped. As many as 30 more cases may be in jeopardy, too."


Saturday, 1 May 2010

Disorganized crime

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Disorganized crime: "two most notorious groups that have dominated the scene for years, the Hells Angels and the Montreal Mafia, appear to be in disarray and reeling from police investigations of the past four years, which have taken out the leadership of the organizations, both known for maintaining hierarchical systems dependent on the loyalty of a large group of underlings.
This has created a scenario in which new players are rising to new prominent roles, a new epoch for independent middlemen."


Forty-six arrested in Fresno County gang sweep - San Jose Mercury News

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Forty-six arrested in Fresno County gang sweep - San Jose Mercury News: "Dozens of suspected gang members are facing charges after local and federal authorities raided a series of locations in Fresno County.
Police say 46 people were arrested as members of a Fresno County gang enforcement team, along with state and federal agents, served 16 search warrants in Selma, Kingsburg and other Fresno County locations Friday morning.
During the raids, authorities say they also seized 20 handguns and rifles, more than 200,000 counterfeit compact discs, a pound of crystal methamphetamine and nearly $41,000 in cash.
Five children at homes where warrants were served were placed with child protective services."


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