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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Paris Patton, 23, Notorious Mpls. gang member pleads guilty to drive-by shooting | StarTribune.com

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul, 2nd: Including Cambridge, St. Michael, and Northfield (60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge)Notorious Mpls. gang member pleads guilty to drive-by shooting | StarTribune.com: "One of north Minneapolis' most notorious gang members pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault in a drive-by shooting in February that left one victim paralyzed from the neck down.
Paris Patton, 23, pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault and is expected to get more than 12 years in prison. He had been charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing a gun into a car carrying a group of people on Feb. 7. Patton, a member of the 19 Dipset gang, entered the plea before Hennepin County District Judge Robert Small.
Minneapolis Police Inspector Mike Martin, who leads the city's North Side precinct, said Patton is 'one of our most problematic, high-profile gang members. ... He's the type of person that always seems to be around murders.'"


Saturday, 27 November 2010

Kidnap gang jailed | International | News | The Largest English Language Newspapers in Spain

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Euro Weekly News | Kidnap gang jailed | International | News | The Largest English Language Newspapers in Spain: "final member of a violent kidnap gang who lured their victims with the promise of work before imprisoning them and demanding ransom payments was today sentenced for his role in a string of kidnap and blackmail offences. Min Yang pleaded guilty on 26 November and was today sentenced to eight years in prison, bring the total sentencing for the gang to 52 years and two months. The five-strong gang - all of whom are Chinese nationals - seized six of their compatriots in London and Luton, Bedfordshire, between July 2007 and March 2009, subjecting them to terrifying ordeals in which they were tied up and beaten.
In each instance the captors demanded money, often tens of thousands of pounds, in order to secure the hostage's release, and petrified relatives in China were sometimes contacted and ordered to pay up or see their loved one killed.
The gang, all originally from Fujian province in south-east China, were eventually caught when Metropolitan Police officers located two of their strongholds.
Following their arrests, between March and December 2009, Guo Ping Chen, Guo Chen, Bing Cheng and Guo Hai Chen pleaded guilty and were sentenced on 23 June 2010 at the Old Bailey."


Elite cops track Boston’s most wanted fugitives - BostonHerald.com

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Elite cops track Boston’s most wanted fugitives - BostonHerald.com: "These Hub cops have tracked down and slapped cuffs on the city’s most notorious fugitives, including the Craigslist Killer and Edward Corliss, the man accused of killing Jamaica Plain clerk Surendra Dangol. Their latest collars? The two men charged in the Mattapan massacre.
“I would like criminals to know if you commit a crime, the police are going to be looking for you,” said Sgt. Detective Brian Albert. “It doesn’t matter if you go out of the city, out of the state or out of the country. You’re better off turning yourself in to face the music.”
Albert commands the Fugitive Apprehension Team, a 12-member joint squad of Boston cops and U.S. Marshals that has been to at least 14 states, as well as Trinidad and Canada, in pursuit of wanted men and women, using some of the most advanced technology available to capture suspects on the run for murder, rapes and shootings in Boston. The team was formed in 2007, handpicked by Albert largely from BPD’s gang unit."


Friday, 26 November 2010

suspicious blaze at the Twisted Soul Tattoo Shop on 7th Avenue

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Gang warfare has landed a disabled woman in hospital with severe burns after her home was apparently set on fire, according to Prince George RCMP, who are linking the blaze to a suspicious fire at a tattoo shop one day earlier.

A 60-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair had to be rescued when firefighters discovered her home fully engulfed in flames shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

She is now in critical condition with severe burns at a Vancouver Hospital.

Mounties in the northern city say the injured woman is related to a known gang member, who is currently in jail. The prisoner was formerly a tenant at the burnt home, located in the 4000-block of Foster Road.

Just a day earlier, firefighters were called to a suspicious blaze at the Twisted Soul Tattoo Shop on 7th Avenue -- an establishment that just happens to be operated by the same incarcerated gang member.

"We believe the suspicious fire at the Twisted Soul Tattoo Shop and this fire are somehow connected. This is an unsettling example of how innocent people are affected by organized crime as the violence they inflict on each other also affects the entire community," RCMP Const. Lesley Smith said in a release.

"It is not uncommon for a rival gang to inflict harm on their opponent by targeting a friend or family member."

Investigators are calling both fires suspicious.

Police haven't released the targeted man's gang affiliation, but say three gangs have taken hold in the city, including the Game Tight Soldiers, the Independent Soldiers and the Renegades, a motorcycle gang associated with the Hells Angels.

A fourth gang is believed to be trying to infiltrate the scene.

Prince George has seen an increase in gang activity and violence in recent years. Last month, it was rated as the most dangerous city in the county by Maclean's magazine, and RCMP blamed gang violence for the ranking.

Experts believe that a crackdown on the Hells Angels have left a vacuum in the local drug trade, and the remaining gangs are battling to fill the void.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Jesús Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, who served as governor of the tiny state of Colima until November 2009, was gunned down by three men

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Organised crime in Mexico: Yet another victim | The Economist: "Jesús Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, who served as governor of the tiny state of Colima until November 2009, was gunned down by three men outside his home yesterday morning. So far the killers, who arrived in a Jeep that had been reported stolen in the state of Querétaro, have not been found, nor a motive established."


Teen raped by gang of knife-wielding women - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Teen raped by gang of knife-wielding women - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Police in a remote part of Papua New Guinea are warning men to be on the lookout after a group of knife-wielding women allegedly raped a teenage boy.
The 17-year-old victim had just left his high school in Mendi in the Southern Highlands last Friday when he was confronted by a group of women armed with knives.
The National newspaper reports there were at least 10 assailants and they forced the teenager to lie down and took turns to rape him.
Four women sexually assaulted the youth before passersby disturbed them."


Saturday, 20 November 2010

Los Aztecas drug gang Arrests over American's death in Mexico

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Arrests over American's death in Mexico: "Two brothers who are members of the Los Aztecas drug gang have been arrested here over the killing of a US consulate official in March, police say.
Reynaldo Diaz and Jose Guadalupe Diaz had been leaders of a local cell of the Aztecas, officials said on Friday.
The cartel in Ciudad Juarez was blamed for the almost simultaneous assaults in March in which Lesley Enriquez and her husband, both Americans, were killed, as was a Mexican man who was married to another consulate staffer.
Advertisement: Story continues below Four other suspects have been arrested in the case, including one who was extradited to the US in September.
Ciudad Juarez is considered the most violent city in Mexico, due to the ongoing power struggles between rival cartels seeking drug smuggling routes into the United States."


11 members of the drug cartel los Zetas are dead

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Authorities are reporting that 11 members of the drug cartel los Zetas are dead and two more are behind bars following an intense battle on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake.

Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that the gun battle took place on the Mexican side of Falcon Dam in Nueva Ciudad Guerrero Wednesday afternoon.

SEDENA officials reported that soldiers were patrolling the area around 4 p.m. Wednesday when they investigated a tip about armed men downtown off Boulevard Miguel Hidalgo.

Soldiers arrived to the building when then came under fire.


Friday, 12 November 2010

Refugees flee gangs in Mexican town, but still live in fear | World | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Refugees flee gangs in Mexican town, but still live in fear | World | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "The Zetas began attacking Mier just hours after the killing by Mexican marines last Friday of Gulf Cartel boss Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, known everywhere as Tony Tormenta, or Tony Storm. Officials on both sides of the border have warned that Tony Tormenta's demise is all but certain to unleash havoc as rivals fight to replace him."


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Drug gang leaders held following Garda 'super raid' - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 09, 2010

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Drug gang leaders held following Garda 'super raid' - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 09, 2010: ", the gang leader, Christy Griffin (41), originally from Canon Lillis Avenue, Dublin, was accused of raping a young woman repeatedly from the time she was a child. Griffin has since been convicted of rape and is serving a life sentence.
Many of his associates stood by him while others believed Griffin’s accuser and formed a faction opposed to Griffin. A volatile and dangerous gangland feud ensued involving not only five murders, but numerous non-fatal shootings and pipe bomb and grenade attacks.
The Garda raids yesterday targeted the gang feuding with Griffin’s grouping.
“Operation Chisel”, which has been under way for 10 months, is centred on gathering information with a view to securing prosecutions under new anti-gangland legislation introduced last year. These laws made it an offence to lead or participate in a crime gang.
As well as the Dublin raids, searches took place in the other four counties because the gang has members living there or is supplying drugs to smaller gangs in those areas.
According to Garda sources, the target gang has forged close links with arguably the two biggest crime gangs in Ireland: the McCarthy-Dundon gang in Limerick; and the gang in Finglas, Dublin, once led by murdered criminal Eamon Dunne.
Yesterday’s operation was co-ordinated from Pearse Street Garda station by Chief Supt Pat Leahy, under Assistant Commissioner Mick Feehan, who is in charge of policing in Dublin, and Deputy Commissioner Martin Callinan, who is in charge of all operations across the force."


Halloween slaying of boy, 5, highlights changes in South Los Angeles gang crime

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The Canadian Press: Halloween slaying of boy, 5, highlights changes in South Los Angeles gang crime: "Arms flexed in a muscleman pose, Aaron Shannon Jr. was getting ready for a Halloween party while his grandfather snapped photos of him in a Spiderman costume.
Suddenly, the click of the camera lens was replaced by the pop, pop of gunfire and the 5-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed.
The Oct. 31 attack — blamed on misdirected gunfire from suspected Crips gang members raiding Bloods turf — harkened back to the carnage of the 1980s and early '90s when brazen young men patrolled the streets of the area once called South Central and gave little thought to living or dying.
Then, Aaron's death likely would have flared the Crips-Blood rivalry even further and been followed by a retaliation shooting, then another and so on.
'In the old days, this would have been a massive bloodbath,' said Guillermo Cespedes, head of the city's gang reduction program. 'An incident like this, even a couple of years ago, would have created many more days of violence.'"


Monday, 1 November 2010

Latin American Herald Tribune - 15 Kidnappers in Mexican Border City Could Get Life in Prison

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Latin American Herald Tribune - 15 Kidnappers in Mexican Border City Could Get Life in Prison: "group of 15 kidnappers arrested in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, could be the first people convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the crime, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.

The kidnapping ring, which had operated for nearly six months, was dismantled by the army, the AG’s office said.

Six men between the ages of 18 and 21, along with two minors, are among the suspects in the kidnapping of an 18-year-old businessman who was set free last Wednesday, the AG’s office said."


gangs which have been there for a long time include the Crips and the Bloods from California.

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The gangs which have been there for a long time include the Crips and the Bloods from California. The origins of the Crips and Bloods can be traced to the late 1960′s, and the gang culture is a very deep rooted trait in the west coast area that many families have three to four generations of gangsters residing in the same residence areas where their origins sparked off. L.A. has gangs like any other city in the world but their number is between 800 and 1000 (one of the largest in the world) , with members from ranging between astonishing numbers of 120,000 to 220,000 . These numbers have been a serious debate over the past years, and depending on what set of criteria is being followed to decide who is and is not a gang member. The figures could be considerably higher.
One of the famous Little Rock Blood gangs, the Highland Court Crew, has been their in various forms of organizations since 1984. Graffiti and other activities by them were became a major mark in round about 1987. Most of the other major area gangs were formed pretty later on in the late 80′s and early 90′s with the greatest gang growth year being 1990. Almost all of these gangs are affiliated with the four major gangs. Those are: 1) Crips; 2) Bloods; 3) Folk Nation; and 4) People Nation. The Crips and Bloods are Los Angeles oriented while the Folk Nation and People Nation are Chicago oriented. The Black Gangster Disciples (a sub-group of the Hoovers) appears to be the largest denomination with the Bloods being the second largest. Some believe the Disciples and Crips are aligning on the streets as well as in the prisons, as are the Bloods and Vice-Lords.
During the time they serve in prison, these youngsters are exposed to the world of real life gangsters who have truly experienced the hard-core gang violence. Then once they get back put on the streets these new comers go with more “knowledge” than ever could have been gained on the streets. When they are in prison, many gain rank or “juice” within their gang because they went to the “joint”. While most kids on the streets are good kids, as long as society continues in the direction in which we are currently drifting, all kids must be considered at risk.


Buses transporting women from work were ambushed Friday resulting in the deaths of five women.

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Buses transporting women from work were ambushed Friday resulting in the deaths of five women. The attack took place in Ciudad Juarez.

A convoy of 20 police travelling in SUVs was ambushed shortly after in Jalisco in western Jalisco state. At least nine Mexican police officers were shot dead in that attack.

At least 5 people were injured when attacked by people throwing grenades in a suburb of Guadelajara, the state capital of Jalisco.

Two of the wounded were toddlers.

Separately 6 youths were gunned down in Mexico City on Thursday night. The boys were standing outside a shop when attacked by unknown gunmen.

Earlier this week fourteen teenagers were shot dead at a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua state, near the U.S., while 13 rehablitating addicts were killed in an attack on a rehabilitation centre in Tijuana.

Two days ago 15 people were shot dead at a car wash in Tepic in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

An estimated 7,000 people have died violent deaths in 2010, a response to the Mexican government's stepped-up efforts to combat the drug cartels.


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