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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Street gang dispute blamed for Rancho Cucamonga killing,Upland gang has an ongoing dispute with Dog Patch

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Street gang dispute blamed for Rancho Cucamonga killing - DailyBulletin.com: "The fatal shooting last month near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Ninth Street stemmed from a dispute between rival street gangs in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, according to a police report.
Jesus Calderon, 50, was shot and killed about 1 a.m. on Jan. 11 near Calaveras Avenue and Salina Street in Rancho Cucamonga, an area considered home turf by a gang called 'Dog Patch.'

The accused shooter, 19-year-old Trenton Abel Dukes, is allegedly a member of a rival Upland gang that has an ongoing dispute with Dog Patch, according to report in Duke's court file.

According to a witness who spoke to detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the two gangs are 'on sight,' meaning that gang members are expected to attack rivals upon seeing them.

The two gangs feud through Myspace and frequently tag walls in each other's neighborhoods, people familiar with the gangs told sheriff's detectives, according to the report."

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Friday, 25 February 2011

Officials identified the group’s leader as Julian Zapata Espinoza, alias “El Piolin,” or “Tweety Bird,”

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Mexican soldiers arrested six men Wednesday who they say carried out last week’s ambush murder of U.S. Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

The suspects told authorities they believed Zapata and his partner Victor Avila — who was wounded in the attack – to be members of a rival gang because of the vehicle they were driving. Those arrested belong to a cell of the Zetas, the violent criminal gang headquartered in the cities bordering south Texas.

Officials identified the group’s leader as Julian Zapata Espinoza, alias “El Piolin,” or “Tweety Bird,” who they said directed a Zeta assassination cell in the state of San Luis Potosi, where Zapata was killed .

Zapata, 32, an ICE special agent, was fatally shot when at least eight armed men in two vehicles ran his official embassy car off the Pan American highway about 500 miles south of the Texas border at Laredo. Avila was shot but survived the assault.

“They [the alleged shooters] said this was due to a case of misunderstanding because the car they were driving was the type used by a rival band,” Trevilla, the military spokesman, said of the suspects.

The agents’ car had official diplomatic plates, and they had identified themselves as diplomats to their assailants"

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Triple murderer could get day parole in 4 years

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Triple murderer could get day parole in 4 years: "At age 15, he shot and murdered three strangers and seriously wounded three others as they celebrated at a Winnipeg birthday party.

But Tuesday, it was revealed that there's a possibility the now-18-year-old street gang member could be eligible for day parole and back on the streets in a limited fashion just four years to the day his crimes were committed.

The man can't be identified because he was charged and convicted as a youth of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder after a trial last year."

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flare-up of a long-running conflict among the Conservative Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples and Black P Stones street gangs

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Police say a flare-up of a long-running conflict among the Conservative Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples and Black P Stones street gangs is to blame. The battleground centers at Wilson and Broadway near Truman College and a Red Line station.

The gangs 'seem to branch out about a block or two from that epicenter,' said Lt. Robert Stasch, who supervises tactical unit officers in the Town Hall District, which includes Uptown. 'Those conflicts are over turf, they're over profit, over drug areas.'

Last month, several days after the shootings on Magnolia Avenue, police closed an estimated $500,000-a-year narcotics operation in and around Magnolia and Wilson with the arrests of six people alleged to be Black P Stone members."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

US Latin Kings gang leader gets 60 years prison

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The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City GangAFP: US Latin Kings gang leader gets 60 years prison: "A leader of the Latin Kings gang in the US state of Maryland was sentenced to 60 years in prison for racketeering in connection with his activities with the violent street clan, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Erick Roman, also known as 'Erick Javier Sierra,' was considered the 'Inca' of the local tribe of the the Latin Kings, a street gang with 'tribes' across the United States that traces its roots to neighborhood protection efforts in the 1940s.
Roman was sentenced Monday in a case in which eight co-defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
'As the founder and leader of a Latin Kings tribe in Maryland, Mr Roman orchestrated a series of violent crimes, including a murder, firebombings and robberies,' said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer."

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Oakland Man Convicted In 2003 Tenderloin Killing

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Oakland Man Convicted In 2003 Tenderloin Killing « CBS San Francisco: "A jury deliberated for less than three days before finding Joevon Bowen guilty of the murder of 26-year-old Armando Arce early on the morning of Feb. 19, 2003, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Arce was shot 12 times near the intersection of Willow Alley and Polk Street after two other men were murdered hours earlier in Oakland as part of an apparent gang initiation, according to the district attorney’s office.
Bowen, 32, was long suspected in Arce’s killing, but was not arrested until 2009, following the conviction of another man in Alameda County the previous year for his role as a lookout in Arce’s killing, as well as the Oakland murders.
Monterrio Davis, of Oakland, was convicted of the murders in Alameda County in 2008 and was later sentenced to life in prison.
Alameda County prosecutors said Davis, Bowen and others had been part of a plan to start a new branch of the “Nut Cases,” a notorious Oakland street gang that became weakened in early 2003 when many of its leaders were arrested."

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2nd arrest made in shootings outside Novato store

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2nd arrest made in shootings outside Novato store: "second suspect has been arrested in the shootings of two men outside a Novato supermarket that investigators believe was gang-related.

Armando Gil, 26, of Novato was arrested Sunday in Rohnert Park on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a criminal street gang, police said. Gil is also being held on unrelated warrants accusing him of rape, making criminal threats and brandishing a gun."

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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Grenades thrown, cars burned in Mexican city

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 Grenades thrown, cars burned in Mexican city: "Suspected drug traffickers threw grenades, fired shots and burned cars in Mexico's second largest city of Guadalajara following the detention of two gang members, officials said Wednesday.
At least four cars were burned and a bus driver was injured in the attacks in western Mexico late Tuesday, officials said.
Jalisco state interior secretary Fernando Guzman told journalists that the 'virulent reaction' was linked to the detention of two people a from local drug gang.
Meanwhile, several clashes between suspected gang members and security forces took place Tuesday in the northern economic hub of Monterrey, killing four and injuring eight, officials said."

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Police stabbing probe outside Cessnock subway station

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 Police stabbing probe outside Cessnock subway station: "A station on Glasgow's subway route was closed for several hours after a man was discovered nearby with stab wounds.

Police said the 21-year-old was found injured within a close of a block of flats in Harley Street, in the city's Cessnock area, at about 0020 GMT.

He is currently in a critical condition in the Southern General Hospital.

Cessnock subway station reopened shortly after 1300 GMT. Strathclyde Police are treating the incident as attempted murder."

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Juárez Citizens Command is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time, they say that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and piece is restored

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DJuárez Citizens Command is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time, they say that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and piece is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico.
Over the years, with the help of corrupt Mexican officials and corrupt or myopic American officials, and with American politicians nurturing a lack of foresight and discernment therefore developed at the very least a narrow view of what’s actually happening in Mexico and are now in denial of a failed state. As a result of this corruption the failed state of Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world where violence runs rampant and Citizens wake up to executed headless bodies in their streets. The spokesperson stated.
Juan Lopez a shop keeper in the border town of Nogales says “The people of Mexico feel that the government is losing the war against the Mexican Drug Cartels bloody violence and that the government is unable to protect us.”
The Mexican border towns are like ghost towns with no tourist and no customers to buy their goods. Tourist mainly Americans have stopped shopping in Mexico because of that violence. To make things even more untenable the cartel gangs are demanding protection money from the small Mom and Pop shop owners in Mexico City and throughout the country and it seems the current Calderon government cannot or will not stop it.
Other industries big and small including rich drug traffickers are believed to spend millions buying politicians in the failed hope of government protection as the Calderon administration turns a deaf hear and appear to be in lock step with the U.S. Some say it is because the U.S. is willing to pay more.
Mexico has become the drug capital of the world and the drug superhighway to the United States, delivering its poison of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana to the drug hungry U.S. market.
According to a DEA undercover operative the Mexican drug cartels have gained more and more of the American market. They have grown bolder in their attempts to expand their operations in Mexico and the United States. They now control the ruling party in Mexico and operate the biggest drug business on earth right here in the USA, right under our noses.

Law enforcement on both sides of the border say this is being done through the cartels surrogates Mexican and American gangs. These surrogates smuggle drugs from Mexico to the states and sell or front the drugs to American gang leaders who in turn sell or front the drugs to its members who move the drugs to local dealers and drug addicts for distribution and sales on the streets of America. These same surrogates, conduct murder for hire on behalf of the cartels interests, kidnap and transport victims to Mexico for executions and enforce the cartels will. Many of the drive by and other gang shootings are the result of orders from Mexico.

The Laguna Journal has reported in the past that large amounts of cash from the Mexican drug cartel gangs whom are selling drugs on the streets of American cities are being smuggled back into Mexico.

In its last report, the US Department of Justice disclosed that 17.2 billion dollars in cash entered Mexico in only the past two years as a result of money laundering operations in their country. The report advised that Mexico and Colombia are the principal destinations of narco resources that operate in the US and that “the laundering of drug money is a global industry” with transnational organizations present in various countries.

General Barry McCaffrey, ex-US anti-drug czar, urged a halt to the “hundreds of millions of dollars” smuggled into Mexico since, with those resources, the drug cartels acquire more force and power. He warned that Mexico is in a national emergency. The report, drawn up by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), said that smuggling cash is a method used by traffickers to move profits from drug sales from the US market to the foreign supplier, mainly Mexico and Colombia. It is estimated that those two drug countries launder between 18 and 39 billion dollars annually. ”a large part is smuggled in bulk from the US over the southwest border,” the report said.

The Mexican Drug Cartels begin their take over of the Mexican Government by infiltrating the 71-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) by buying its officials and by contributing huge amounts of cash to their cause. When that didn’t work as well as they liked they went after the ultimate control of government by causing to be formed the new National Action Party, or PAN they than looked for and found a likely candidate that they felt they could control and as a result President Vicente Fox of the PAN, finally ousted the PRI in 2000.

As most new Mexican administrations in March, Fox declared that his administration was in a “head-on battle against corruption.”

“Together, we work for a Mexico full of justice, legality and democratic opportunities,” the president said.

Some recent photo’s were published in the magazine Quien which gave insight into the before and post-presidential life style and it has sparked outrage among many Mexicans.

“The photos show that he got rich during his six years in office, in a very shameless and cynical way,” Lino Korrodi, Mr. Fox’s former chief campaign fundraiser, said in one interview of the former president. Leading the chorus of disapproval, Mr. Korrodi claims that as a candidate Mr. Fox was a terrible businessman, permanently in financial straits and keeper of a simple house with servants paid for out of campaign funds.

Mr. Korrodi claims he raised millions for Fox through the very rich and known drug traffickers. His accusations have prompted calls by many for a congressional investigation into Mr. Fox’s apparently lavish new found wealth.

Hailed as a hero of democracy when he defeated 71 years of one-party rule in elections in 2000, Mr. Fox left the presidential office vilified by much of the press.

At best, he was accused of living in a fantasy world dubbed Foxilandia and of ignoring the need to shore up democracy. At worst he was charged with orchestrating an electoral fraud favoring his personal choice and colleague, the current president, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa who was to carry on the Fox traditions.

But the latest measurement of corruption by Berlin-based Transparency International found that more than 50 percent of Mexicans remain pessimistic about corruption and believe it will get worse. That number is believed to have risen to as much as 75 percent today.

Even the U.S. military recognizes that Mexico is in danger of a “rapid and sudden collapse” due to criminal gangs and drug cartels, according to a troubling new report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.
Bernard Wasow reported that it is no secret that law enforcement in Mexico is a “for-profit” business. Scenes of Mexican policemen taking bribes from tourists and locals alike are commonplace throughout the country. It is hard to view such an experience as many businessmen are said to view corruption: bribery is just another cost of doing business.
In a series of papers, Shang-Jin Wei, formerly of the Kennedy School at Harvard and the IMF, explored the economic effect of corruption. Contrary to the notion that corruption is a relatively minor cost of doing business, Wei found that corruption has a stifling effect on foreign investment and economic growth. That may be much of the reason that the economy of Mexico just never seems to get going. Corruption in Mexico has been a force in public life there since colonial times, said Claudio Lomnitz, a Professor in History at U of M. In Mexico, corruption consists of an intricate system of exchanges in which support for public officials is given in return for certain privileges. Payments of money to ensure that routine services are rendered are also part of the mix, as are elaborate public ceremonies in which hosts extract favors from their politician guests in return for support. “Corruption as a series of phenomena has played an important role in social change and in social reproduction in Mexico,” Lomnitz writes in this environment, the police are expected to resist a combination of deadly threats and bribes that can run to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
” It’s kind of like this,” says Robert Nieves, a former chief of International Operations for the DEA. “You’re offered a bribe. If bribery doesn’t work, you’re offered violence. And that violence will be exacted against you or your family members.” In Mexico, the choice is called “plata o plomo,” silver or lead.

The result is a breathtaking level of corruption. A large percentage of Mexico’s federal law enforcement has been fired for corruption by the Calderon administration or killed by the Mexican drug cartels. In the last year alone, the federal government has fired hundreds if not thousands of Federal Judicial Police and local police for suspected offenses that included theft, extortion, guarding drug shipments–and even murder. ” But everyone involved in the effort against the Mexican drug trade says there remains massive corruption. One DEA agent whom was asked about corruption in Mexican law enforcement pulled out a thick file full, he said, of information about commanders still in power who are suspected by the U.S. of facilitating the transport of drugs into this country. Former Mexican Attorney General Antonio Lozano said drug money fuels industries and distorts competition. It is not an equal trade partnership when American business people are competing against enterprises that have extraordinary access to illegal capital. Corruption is so deeply embedded in the society that there’s no prospect of eliminating or even curbing it anytime soon.

“Unfortunately, corruption seems to be part of our DNA,” said political analyst Jorge Chabat.

“What we have discovered … is that this is not endemic,” said Eduardo A. Bohorquez, executive secretary of Transparencia Mexicana, or Mexican Transparency. “It’s more epidemic.”

For Bohorquez, whose agency measures corruption in Mexico, “Corruption is the abuse of the public trust to gain a private benefit. You take a mandate from a public group and act on your own behalf.”

But other experts say the problem goes far beyond that, extending from the ordinary citizen to high reaches of government. They say most Mexicans have become accustomed to paying bribes and to the notion that the average police officer will try to shake them down in some way.

“The state has come to be seen as a giant pyramid with the most influential people at the top and everyone else below them also benefiting from bribes, tips, patronage or misappropriations of funds and resources. This particular version of ‘trickle-down economics’ developed its own set of norms and public expectations,” he explained.

Presidential corruption in Mexico is nothing new all Mexican presidents have been charged or suspected of corruption.
Show of wealth snares ex-president Fox recently, he entered Mexican politics’ with little money and left as the former president as a wealthy man. In a picture of self fulfillment as well as romance, Vicente Fox and his wife, Marta Sahagun, gaze at each other beside a new lake constructed in their extensive remodeled estate and grounds. Behind, their ranch-turned-mansion shows off gilded carpets, a desk with hand carved stone horse heads for legs, and life-sized portraits of themselves on the walls. They say when Fox took office his ranch was modest at best and after office the same ranch became opulent mansion. Many believe it was paid for by the Mexican drug cartels.ISCLAIMER: Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Brazen criminals attacking, spying on off-duty Winnipeg police

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Brazen criminals attacking, spying on off-duty Winnipeg police: "Criminal gangs have “severely assaulted” off-duty Winnipeg police officers, conducted surveillance on them outside of work and have even shown up at their family events in brazen attempts at intimidation.

A six-week-old Ontario labour-relations decision offers a rare look at the security threats facing Winnipeg police officers as well as civilian employees.

Those incidents have ranged from intimidation to property damage to physical violence over the past decade, the Winnipeg Police Service and the Winnipeg Police Association acknowledge, even as they decline to discuss specifics for fear of encouraging more incidents of harassment.

On Dec. 20, the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled against Toronto's police union in a dispute with the Toronto Police Services Board over the five-year-old practice of requiring police in Canada's largest city to wear name tags.

The Toronto Police Association opposed the metal tags on the grounds they make it easier for 'bikers, stalkers and other individuals' to harm police officers, but the labour board decided the nameplates do not increase the risk of harm."

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Rusholme Cripz, the Fallowfield Mad Dogs and the Moss Side Bloods

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Xcalibre is GMP's specialist unit tackling gun and gang-related crime.

The walls of its office are covered in mugshots of suspects, grouped together under the names of their gangs - the Rusholme Cripz, the Fallowfield Mad Dogs and the Moss Side Bloods, among others.

'We've had a number of incidents where we have had tit-for-tat fights,' says Det Sgt Robert Cousen.

'One gang will go into opposing territory. That then sets up tensions because the opposing gang will want some form of retribution.

'That's why we have Operation Cougar going on at the moment - to make sure those tensions don't get out of hand.'"

Powers have come into force that could ban gang members from entering certain areas, wearing ‘gang colours’, and going out in public with dangerous dogs.
Police and local authorities will be able to apply for the gang injunctions, which will be issued by a county court and last up to two years. They will be given to adults who have been proven to have engaged in, encouraged or assisted gang-related violence.
James Brokenshire, the crime prevention minister, said the powers will help tackle a ‘higher level of criminality’ than anti-social behaviour orders, but will not lead to a criminal record if breached.
The Centre for Social Justice criticised the lack of a unified and coherent strategy for tackling anti-social behaviour.
Executive director Gavin Poole said: ‘What we urgently need is a comprehensive strategy for the short-term, medium-term and long-term. Without it, lives will continue to be lost and the waves of devastation will continue to roll across communities impacted by street gangs.’
Home secretary Theresa May is expected to make an announcement on anti-social behaviour this week, which will be designed to increase the effectiveness of measures to tackle the problem.
She is reportedly keen to scrap the term ASBO, although the gang injunctions have already been unofficially dubbed ‘gangbos’.


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Mexico's Drug War: "Pinal sheriff: Armed conflict with drug cartels coming soon."

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Mexico's Drug War: "Pinal sheriff: Armed conflict with drug cartels coming soon.": "'Armed conflict in Arizona between sheriff's deputies and heavily equipped drug cartel squads is inevitable, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday during a speech in Ahwatukee Foothills. 'We're expecting a conflict,' Babeu told the Ahwatukee Republican Women's organization... 'I absolutely believe you're going to see that happen in the next 30 to 60 days. It's not like I'm trying to start a war with the cartels. They're coming through like they own this place, and we're trying to stop them. I pray that every time, they surrender.' ... Babeu ripped into Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's contention that the border is as safe and secure as it has ever been... A significant percentage of illegal immigrants caught in Pinal County are from countries other than Mexico, he said, including 'countries of interest' such as Yemen, Somalia and Syria... Drug seizures in Pinal County have more than doubled in the last two years, while the number of high-speed police pursuits rose from 142 in 2007 to 340 in 2010, he said"

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A turf war between the Gulf cartel and former allies Los Zetas in the northern state of Nuevo Leon Five Gunmen Die in Shootout with Army Soldiers in Monterrey

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 Five Gunmen Die in Shootout with Army Soldiers in Monterrey: "A turf war between the Gulf cartel and former allies Los Zetas in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, whose capital is Monterrey, left more than 670 people, including a record 75 police officers, dead last year.

Monterrey, home to more than 50,000 corporations, including some of the largest multinational businesses in Mexico, fears for its future if the violence is not stopped.

This is a very difficult time, perhaps the most difficult in the recent history of Nuevo Leon” state, Gov. Rodrigo Medina said earlier this week.

Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal, for his part, said the cities in the metro area have been overwhelmed by organized crime groups and lack the “capacity and armament” to deal with them.

The surge in violence is hurting the hospitality industry, which saw average hotel occupancy rates fall as low as 41 percent in 2010, while the average occupancy rate for the year was 60 percent

The Monterrey metropolitan area, which is made up of nine cities with a total population of 4 million, has experienced about 50 attacks involving grenades and bombs, including a car bombing, against police stations.
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