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Seven charged in federal gang case (Washington, DC): Seven members of an Asian street gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include two murders, home invasions, and robberies. The indictments focused on a 26-year-old man who was charged in the slayings and was a fugitive for more than two years before being captured. The new charges filed invoke the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) arguing that those involved committed their crimes as part of an Asian racketeering organization known as the Oriental Playboys. The approach using RICO laws is also being used by the Justice Department nationwide, including the dismantling of street gangs such as the King Mafia Disciples in Utah, Las Vegas's Rolling 60s Crips, and Mara Salvatrucha in Northern Virginia. While officials would not provide details about the origins of the Oriental Playboys, court papers say their primary purpose was to make money through threats, acts of violence, and robberies that targeted primarily Asian businesses. Ten people have pleaded guilty in the two-year investigation.
Source: The Washington Post Date: December 20, 2003
Gang violence suspected in fatal shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Three people, ages 16, 17, and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man. The shooting, which occurred in the South Valley, appears to be gang-related. The 16-year-old is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and criminal damage to property. The 17-year-old is charged with an open count of murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a firearm enhancement, and conspiracy to commit murder. The 20-year-old is charged with an open count of murder. According to a police report, the incident was originally reported as a drive-by shooting by a 17-year-old male and 19-year-old female who transported the victim to the hospital. After police were unable find evidence consistent with a shooting at the reported location, the two admitted they made up the story for fear of retaliation from gang members. They then reported that the victim had been in a fight with several people who belonged to the gang. He apparently called his mother and girlfriend saying "he was going to take care of the problem with (the gang) once and for all." The 19-year-old then drove the victim to a local high school to meet up with the alleged gang members. After a car chase, shots were fired at the victim's car, and he was shot.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: December 20, 2003
Police raid nets six gang suspects (Fort Worth, TX): A raid in the area around Polytechnic High School that involved 30 officers resulted in the arrests of six suspected gang members. Five juveniles and one adult were taken into custody following several recent disputes between rival gangs at the high school. One fight led to gunfire off school grounds. Most of the suspects were wanted on warrants accusing them of assault or assault with a deadly weapon, with a secondary charge of engaging in organized crime, police said. The problems stem from a simmering feud between two rival gangs, an official said. Some of the students attend Polytechnic, but others attend other schools or are dropouts.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: December 19, 2003
Police say gang crime on the rise (Houston, TX): Local law enforcement officials are warning residents in The Woodlands and surrounding areas of an increase in gang activity. Oak Ridge North's police chief said his department's officers have noticed gang "signs" and an increased presence of gangs, particularly the Greenspoint Posse. The Greenspoint Posse sports green and gold colors and wear name-brand jeans that signify Crip Killer, in reference to the notorious Los Angeles-based street gang, the Crips. Most gang members are reported to be high-school age, but can be older. In addition to the Greenspoint Posse, hard-core groups such as the Crazy Brown Clique, the 503, the Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings all maintain a presence in the area, an official said.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: December 18, 2003
Evidence of rise in Mexican gang activity easy to see in Queens (Queens, NY): Police are concerned with the increase of gang violence in the Queens area. "There's a rise in gang activity; robberies, attempted murders, homicides, all violent felonies," said a Queens law enforcement source. "It's rising everywhere. You see more of it in the schools, in all of the neighborhoods. And there's a lot of crimes that go unreported because victims are afraid to report." In Corona, evidence of rising gang tensions are found in tag wars, or "buffing," throughout the neighborhood. Mexican gangs such as M-18, Cochondos or CNS, and Vatos Locos, have crossed out each other's territory claims. Although gang activity has decreased among the city's major gangs, such as the Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings, police are starting to realize there are certain areas that need to be patrolled. While the Mexican population in Queens has increased by more than 300 percent in a decade, it's not only Mexicans who are creating new ethnic gangs. The convergence of Central and South American gangs cultivating from Los Angeles and even Long Island is also increasing Hispanic gang activity in the area.
Source: The New York Sun Date: December 17, 2003
Reputed Latin Kings leader arrested (Waterbury, CT): Police arrested a 38-year-old reputed leader of Connecticut's Latin Kings chapter after a yearlong investigation into the street gang. According to police, the man and ten other alleged members were arrested after detectives got a tip that the leader was organizing members to kill a drug dealer who was selling on Latin Kings turf.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: December 17, 2003
Two alleged gang leaders arrested in carjacking (Palo Alto, CA): Authorities arrested two leaders of the Sac Street gang in East Palo Alto, according to San Mateo County sheriff's detectives. The two men, ages 20 and 23, allegedly kidnapped, carjacked, and robbed a 25-year-old man in August.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: December 16, 2003
The Bloods settling debts with death (Buffalo, NY): Authorities issued a warning to city police officers that local Bloods, who number about 100, will be pledging over the Christmas holidays to progress into the gang's hierarchy. Any Blood who kills a cop advances. Buffalo police estimate up to 40 percent of this year's 59 city homicides are gang-related, and homicide investigators believe the Bloods participated in several recent killings, pushing the city's current homicide rate up. Police are also using evidence from previous crimes to help them gather information on how the gang operates. A recent robbery at a local hotel gave police insight on how gang members sometimes rent hotel rooms in towns they do not live in. Buffalo is divided into four "sets" that the gang claims as its territories. They include the Near East Side, the West Side, Central Park, and the Bailey-Delavan neighborhood, according to detectives. They say that though membership in the Bloods is mainly African-Americans, whites and Hispanics are permitted to join in Buffalo.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: December 16, 2003
Gang members found guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs (Knoxville, TN): A federal jury made local history when it declared the Knoxville Imperial Insane Vice Lords street gang a drug-trafficking organization. The case began in July 2002 when authorities announced an indictment that named 20 Vice Lords members as co-conspirators and alleged the gang's sole purpose was to corner the crack trade in Knoxville's inner city. Seventeen Vice Lords members have already pleaded guilty, leaving the case against the gang leader and two other members as a test of a federal task force's use of conspiracy laws to topple an entire gang. The three were found guilty of conspiring with their brethren to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. The task force that compiled the evidence included the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Knoxville Police Department.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: December 16, 2003
Man charged in deaths of two (Chicago, IL): A 20-year-old Chicago man has been charged in a double homicide that was allegedly triggered by a gang rivalry along the Evanston-Chicago border, authorities said. The man is a member of the Vice Lords street gang and allegedly planned to rob Black P Stone gang members, according to Cook County officials. Two other gang members who were present during the killing of the 22- and 23-year-old are both at large.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: December 15, 2003
Hall's gang membership is continuing problem (Hall County, GA): A Hall County judge announced that his commitment to stopping the teenage gang problem could potentially mean sending violators to the Regional Youth Detention Center. "If they are delinquent and part of a gang, they will serve 90 days minimum," says the judge, one of Hall County's two juvenile judges. "I will not tolerate gang activity among kids." The county's gang membership is an ongoing problem and has recently increased, according to county officials. Last year, three gang members stood trial on charges stemming from a drive-by slaying that left two teenagers dead and two others wounded.
Source: The Times Date: December 15, 2003
Two killed at after-hours party (Holyoke, MA): A shooting that left two 25-year-old men dead and two others, ages 23 and 25, wounded was gang-related, police said. According to police, the shooting occurred after an argument between members of La Familia and the Latin Kings. The two victims were members of La Familia. No gang affiliation was reported for the two wounded men. No one has been arrested in the shooting.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 14, 2003
Passaic police foil robbery-by-appointment (Passaic, NJ): Police arrested an 18-year-old street gang member on robbery and weapons charges for allegedly robbing a Garfield man. The suspect told police he was a member of the street gang TST, which stands for "To Shed Tears." The 25-year-old victim was walking down a street when three men approached him, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect stole the victim's cell phone and driver's license and told him to meet the following day outside a restaurant or he would kill him. The victim reported the robbery, and the suspect was arrested when he showed up for the meeting.
Source: The Record Date: December 14, 2003
Vice Lords case goes to jury (Knoxville, TN): The fate of three Imperial Insane Vice Lords members and a historic effort to prosecute a street gang rests in the hands of a dozen East Tennesseans. Jurors hearing the case of the first Knoxville street gang ever to be prosecuted as a criminal organization began deliberations in U.S. District Court. The members are accused of operating a conspiracy to hawk crack cocaine in Knoxville's inner city and face up to a lifetime behind bars if convicted.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: December 12, 2003
Durham youth hurt in shooting (Durham, NC): A 17-year-old Durham teenager was shot in what police called a gang-related incident. Police believe the shooting involved rival Crips and Bloods gang members. A neighborhood resident said he, the victim, and others were hanging out on a porch when they were approached by three teenagers from the neighborhood. One of the teens was angry because someone had told his mother he had a gun. The three walked away, and the victim followed, apparently heading home. When they turned the corner of the street, the resident heard a shot. Durham police brought three people to the crime scene in handcuffs. It was unclear whether police thought they had caught the shooter.
Source: The News & Observer Date: December 12, 2003
Task force focuses on apartments (Lancaster, CA): Federal and local officials arrested 12 people and revoked housing subsidies from seven apartments in a crackdown on gang activity and other crimes in a Lancaster neighborhood. The arrests included a reputed street-gang member wanted in a recent Palmdale killing. The sweep, carried out by more than 50 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers, was part of Lancaster's new campaign against crime in apartment complexes and other rentals.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 12, 2003
Gang member to serve 12 years (Salinas, CA): A 20-year-old Soledad gang member was sentenced to 12 years in prison for being a driver in a 2002 Salinas crime spree that included robbery, assault, and a shooting. The man was punished for his part in the incident that injured a man after one of his accomplices shot him in the back. The gang was known for targeting people wearing red, which is the color worn by rival Norteno gang members. Pleading no contest to two counts of robbery with gang enhancements, he faced a maximum sentence of more than 30 years in prison, a deputy district attorney said.
Source: The Californian Date: December 12, 2003
Gunshot victims uncooperative (Anchorage, AK): Two young adults, a 19-year-old male and 18-year-old female, were both wounded during a possible gang-related shooting that occurred just a few blocks away from a fatal shooting in November. Police have not been able to get any solid leads to the suspects because the two victims have been giving conflicting and changing stories about the shooting.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: December 12, 2003
Homeland Security asking for information on gangs (Anchorage, AK): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency has asked federal immigration officials to investigate gangs in Alaska. Officials have been asked to gather information such as the names of high-profile gangs, their estimated foreign-born membership, organizational structure, and criminal activities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents nationwide have been asked to do the same. In some places, such as Arizona, highly organized gangs dealing in human smuggling threaten national security. While gangs are believed to exist in Alaska, officials say it is not the same as in Arizona where there are violent street gangs. The U.S. Attorney for Alaska informed people of one gang, the Good Boys Trece Surenos, or "GTS" gang, which was dismantled in Anchorage in 2001 after a joint investigation by Anchorage police and the FBI and a successful prosecution of several gang members in state and federal court. Federal authorities say gang members were required to commit multiple armed robberies to show their commitment and loyalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 11, 2003
Three arrested in San Jose slayings (San Jose, CA): Police have arrested three gang members for their alleged connection with a violent shooting spree, which killed a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man and wounded three others. Police say that in at least two of the shootings, the victims did not know the three suspected men and had no connection to the suspects' gang. Authorities declined to give a motive for the shootings but said they are looking into whether the shootings were part of a gang rite or related activity and are trying to determine whether there are other suspects or witnesses.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: December 11, 2003
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