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Two gang members enter RICO pleas (Syracuse, NY): Two members of the Boot Camp street gang admitted being part of a criminal enterprise that used violence and drug-trafficking to control its turf on Syracuse's South Side. The two men, ages 24 and 26, are the first two members to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a case in which they and 24 other alleged gang members were indicted in June. However, they admitted only that their involvement was in selling crack cocaine. The 26 members were charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This case may be the first in the country in which the RICO violation was based on geography rather than hierarchy against a street gang. Other gangs have been prosecuted under RICO but not using that theory.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: November 5, 2003
Police go after Northwest Miami-Dade street gang accused of selling drugs (Miami-Dade, FL): The Miami-Dade police department put an end to an organized narcotics street gang operating from a housing complex in Northwest Miami-Dade. After a seven-month investigation, the police force, along with the state attorney's office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, got arrest warrants for 21 members of the "Brown Sub Boys." Twelve people were arrested on drug and racketeering charges; nine others were still at large. According to police, the drug transactions consisted primarily of the sale and purchase of cocaine and marijuana.
Source: The Miami Herald Date: November 5, 2003
Man wanted in shooting arrested (Cobb County, GA): A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting in which a 15-year-old boy was critically wounded. Authorities also found 500 grams of methamphetamines at the suspect's home. The victim remains in critical condition.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Date: November 5, 2003
Vice Lord pleads guilty in Mississippi gun plot (Chicago, IL): A 31-year-old member of the Vice Lords street gang pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine in rural Mississippi and using the money to buy dozens of guns there for resale to gangs back in Chicago. The man used falsified documents and women to purchase the guns. He admitted that the women would purchase the weapons from a gun shop in Grenada, Mississippi, then turn them over to him and two other Chicago gang members. In addition, he admitted to purchasing 83 guns in Mississippi and having them transported to Chicago wrapped in sheets under the bumpers of gang members' cars. Twenty-eight of the guns have been recovered thus far in Chicago in connection with crimes, officials said. They said the primary purchaser was a now-deceased Gangster Disciple member. Federal sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of 27 years in prison, but that exceeds the maximum term set by federal law of 15 years. In such cases, the maximum set by statute is the upper limit. The man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government by buying guns through straw purchasers and unlawful possession of a firearm. Under the plea agreement, the government promised not to bring further charges in exchange for his guilty plea.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 5, 2003
City man is victim of drive-by shooting (Allentown, PA): A 23-year-old Allentown man was shot while walking with two friends in an apparent drive-by shooting. The man did not suffer life-threatening injuries, police reported. After driving past them once, the suspect apparently returned and pointed the gun at the man and his friends and opened fire. Witnesses say they heard about five to six gunshots. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Morning Call Date: November 4, 2003
Youth is held in slaying of Maywood man in July (Chicago, IL): A 17-old-boy was arrested and charged for the slaying of a 23-year-old man. Police believe the boy received an order from one of his gang's leaders for the killing. Police said that the boy mistakenly thought the man he shot was a leader of a rival street gang.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: November 4, 2003
Man arrested in fatal Roswell shooting (Roswell, NM): A 23-year-old man was arrested for killing another man earlier this year. The suspect faces several charges, including murder and witness retaliation, for the gang-related shooting of a 22-year-old man in April. Officials also believe that the suspect shot and wounded the victim's sister in an attempt to quiet witnesses in her brother's slaying.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 4, 2003
Student arrested (Olivehurst, CA): Officials arrested a 13-year-old Yuba Gardens Intermediate School student after discovering a handgun and loaded ammunition clip in his backpack. The boy is suspected of being affiliated with the Nortenos street gang.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 4, 2003
Gang suppression (Los Angeles County, CA): The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set aside $3.5 million for a sheriff's gang suppression program. The sheriff's department will use the money to hire 40 deputies and another six employees for the COPS program. Deputies will be assigned to five new teams and will target the most violent gangs and gang members. Other agencies involved are the county's Department of Children and Family Services and probation department, the District Attorney's Office, and the California State Parole.
Source: City News Service Date: November 4, 2003
Two men wounded in drive-by shootings (Los Angeles, CA): Police are looking for two suspected gang members in connection with a shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy and two men in separate, drive-by attacks in the Jefferson Park area. The boy was in stable condition. The condition of the two men was unknown. The suspects are still at large.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 3, 2003
Gang sweep nets arrests and drugs (Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, CA): An investigation by federal agents and the Sheriff's Department netted the arrests of 14 members of a Compton street gang. Reportedly found was millions of dollars worth of the illegal drug PCP and chemicals to manufacture it. Two drug laboratories were shut down, and 58 firearms were seized. The investigation began 18 months ago after a sharp increase in violence involving a Compton street gang and led to the formation of the Compton Violent Inner City Crime Initiative which involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Sheriff's Department.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: November 2, 2003
Three men wounded at party (Woodlake, CA): Three men attending a party in Woodlake were wounded in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting. The men, two 20-year-olds and a 21-year-old, had an altercation with unknown suspects in the driveway. The suspects then fired a weapon from their car, striking the three men. No arrests have been made.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: November 2, 2003
Two teens charged in fatal shooting (Taos, NM): Two teenagers have been charged in connection with a shooting that left a 19-year-old woman dead and three others injured. Police were first called to a Halloween party to break up a crowd of teenagers. Hours later, two teens, ages 18 and 19, argued with other people at the party and were allegedly shot at as they drove away. Police say the two allegedly returned with rifles and "shot up the place." The 18-year-old was charged with first-degree murder, shooting from a motor vehicle, and firing into an occupied dwelling. The 19-year-old was charged with shooting from a motor vehicle and firing into an occupied dwelling.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 2, 2003
Gang membership in Orange County still rising (Orange County, CA): According to a study released by the district attorney's office, street gang membership in Orange County continued to rise in 2002. The study also said that the district attorney has a conviction rate of 92.5% when prosecuting gang members, and there were 150 more gang members (for a total of 17,456) and eight more gangs at the end of 2002 compared to a year before. That translated into 36 gang-related homicides in Orange County, an overall increase from the previous four years. The study also reported that criminal charges were filed against 1,058 gang defendants and adult gang-related defendants, resulting in 59 trials at which 187 gang members were committed to state prison and 13 others sent to the California Youth Authority.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 1, 2003
Funds to Fight Gang Violence (Lowell, MA): An award of $460,000 has been given to a Lowell-based program to reduce gang violence. The money will help the United Teen Equality Center's Streetworker Program. The streetworkers, who are trained to work with at-risk young people using a variety of social service programs, also serve as mediators for those involved in gangs. This program is one of 18 programs to receive the grant funds.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: November 1, 2003
Arrest made in boy's death (Rockford, IL): A 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot while walking with friends became the tenth homicide victim in Rockford in 2003. The Winnebago County state's attorney's office has charged an 18-year-old man with first-degree murder in connection with the incident. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: November 1, 2003
Two more arrested in gang shooting (Topeka, KS): Two Topeka men were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting in southwest Topeka, bringing the number of arrests in the case to three. All three men, ages 18, 19, and 21, were charged with aggravated battery and aggravated burglary. Police said additional arrests are possible. The 19-year-old victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. According to police, the shooting was the result of a difference in gang affiliation.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal Date: November 1, 2003
Man shot three times while using pay phone (Fort Worth, TX): A 23-year-old man was shot three times as he used a pay phone in north Fort Worth, police say. Police have a lead on the suspects' vehicle and believe the shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: November 1, 2003
Police believe gun found in swamp was used in boy's fatal shooting (Smithfield, VA): Police believe they have recovered the weapon used to kill an 8-year-old boy as he slept in his home at Jersey Park Apartments on October 16. The Jersey Park Unit has been identified as a gang involved in the killing. Police say the boy was an innocent victim to gang violence. Five suspects, who may have been involved in a rival gang from the Windsor end of Isle of Wight County, have been arrested in the crime. Each of the suspects has been charged with second-degree murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. According to police, another suspect is still at large.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot Date: November 1, 2003
15-year-old surrenders in slaying (Washington, DC): A 15-year-old boy turned himself into police for the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. The 15-year-old allegedly opened fire outside Anacostia Senior High School, aiming at a car that contained members of a rival neighborhood crew. The victim was an innocent bystander. The rivalry between the two groups, Minnesota Avenue and Butler Gardens crews, which are based in Southeast neighborhoods near the school, was supposedly mended during a mediation session this fall, an anti-gang counselor said. Authorities say the groups are less structured than street gangs, and their main function is the sale of drugs.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 1, 2003
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