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George County battles gang epidemic (George County, MS): Nestled in the 484 square miles of rural George County - largely unseen and hidden from the naked eye - is a gang problem fueled by drugs. "Who would of ever thought George County had a gang problem?" said Sheriff Keith Havard.
Source: WLOX News    Date: May 24, 2017

Mississippi man sentenced in first-ever transgender hate crime trial (Gulfport, MS): Josh Vallum, a statewide officer with the Latin Kings street gang, received a sentence of 49 years Monday in the first-ever federal hate crime prosecution against a killer of a transgender person.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: May 15, 2017

Jackson County gang members enter pleas in federal drug probe (Jackson County, MS): Three members of the Black Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords have pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges, court records show.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: May 1, 2017

Newton police chief: Murder gang related involving a 'hit' (Newton, MS): "We've had murders before, but nothing like this," says Newton Police Chief Harvey Curry. He's talking about a murder investigation that has resulted in more than a half dozen arrests. According to the chief, more arrests will be made. Officers say the probe is more complex because it involves gang activity and an apparent "order to kill" the victim.
Source: WTOK 11 News    Date: April 25, 2017

Gang bill's author stalls hybrid version (Mississippi): A "gang bill" seemed set to pass the Mississippi Legislature Tuesday after lawyers, lawmakers and law enforcement had pored over it to make sure everyone agreed on the language. Then two representatives stalled it on a point of order.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: March 28, 2017

Bloods street gang member admits trafficking drugs in Moss Point (Pascagoula, MS): The Bloods street gang member squalled like a baby when he found out he was going to federal prison for 12 years for drug-trafficking charges in January, but he managed to hold it together Thursday when he pleaded guilty to state drug charges.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: March 11, 2017

Officials: 7 gang members face federal drug charges (Hattiesburg, MS): Seven members of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang have been arrested on federal drug charges in a two year multi-agency operation. Five residents of Pike County, a Lincoln County resident and a resident of Belvidere, Illinois, were taken into custody in the early morning hours on Wednesday, officials said.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: March 10, 2017

Update: George County drug probe targets alleged gang members, others (George County, MS): In a pre-dawn drug operation Thursday, local, state and federal authorities started rounding up suspects, some of them alleged gang members, accused in the distribution and possession of prescription painkillers and high-grade meth known as ICE on the streets, George County Sheriff Keith Havard said.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: March 9, 2017

Sheriff: Gang members busted in drug sting dubbed ‘Operation Showtime’ (George County, MS): A pre-dawn surprise for suspected drug dealers. George County deputies teamed up Lucedale police and the newly created South Mississippi Narcotics Task Force on Thursday morning to go after alleged drug dealers.
Source: WLOX News    Date: March 9, 2017

Alleged gang member got life for murder, but he’s accused in another slaying (Greene County, MS): Alleged gang member Welford Levi “Pork Chop” McCarty lost his freedom last week when he received a life sentence plus three years for the March 2013 shooting death and dismemberment of a man he thought was a snitch in Greene County.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: February 24, 2017

House puts adults on hook for gang activity by minors (Mississippi): Individuals who influence children to participate in gang or gang-related activities could be found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor if House Bill 240 becomes law.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 7, 2017

FBI: 8 more alleged gang members arrested on the coast (George County, MS): Just hours after six people in George County and one in Washington state were arrested, another eight members or associates of street gangs were picked up on federal drug charges on the coast.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 3, 2017

6 alleged gang members arrested in George County (George County, MS): Six people accused of being members or associates of the Black Gangster Disciple street gang were arrested on federal drug charges in Mississippi, and one in Washington early Thursday morning.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 2, 2017

Gang bill, deemed 'overly broad,' dies in committee again (Mississippi): A bill taking aim at criminal gangs and gang crime was tabled to death in a Mississippi Senate committee Tuesday. In spite of generally agreeing that the issue of gang violence needs to be addressed, the committee said they felt the bill was overly broad and needs to be made much more narrow in order to keep overzealous police and prosecutors from rounding up groups of people for arbitrary reasons.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 1, 2017

Tattoo removal offers new life to former gang members (Flowood, MS): When he was 10, Justin Tolbert lost his father to a drug overdose. Three years later, following in his late father’s footsteps, Tolbert joined a gang. A member of the Simon City Royals, Tolbert began selling drugs. Then, when he was 15, his best friend was shot and killed in front of him.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 31, 2017

Gang bill back on the table (Jackson, MS): In 2016, 42 members of the Aryan Brotherhood went to prison after a 2½-year investigation into a RICO case involving drugs, conspiracy and murder. Josh Vallum, 28, a Latin King, pleaded guilty to murder in the 2015 beating death of transgender 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, of Theodore, Alabama, who once considered him a boyfriend.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 18, 2017

1st person charged with hate crime for killing transgender person pleads guilty (Gulfport, MS): Josh Vallum, a statewide officer of the Latin Kings street gang, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to the first federal hate crime charge filed in U.S. history against the killer of a transgender person.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: December 21, 2016

Interstates help human trafficking flourish in Miss. (Pearl, MS): In an early 2016 interview with The Clarion-Ledger, Gov. Phil Bryant addressed the gang connection to human trafficking as well. "I hope people will recognize the horrors that go on inside these gangs when a young girl that may be a runaway is all but kidnapped and used in the sex slave, human trafficking world. Now gangs say it’s easier and better than drugs because selling a young girl lasts a lifetime," Bryant said.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: September 28, 2016

7 suspected gang members indicted in St. Martin kidnapping, beating (Jackson County, MS): Seven alleged Simon City Royals street gang members accused of holding a woman at a drug house and beating her will face stiffer penalties if convicted of committing the crimes at the direction of or to benefit a criminal street gang organization.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: September 27, 2016

Gang member: ‘Her spirit is screaming for revenge’ (George County, MS): Murderer Josh Vallum was so haunted by the teen he killed that he tried to kill himself, a note found by George County jailers suggests. Just days after the Latin Kings gang member was arrested in the killing of transgender teen Mercedes Williamson, jail workers found him in his cell with a braided bedsheet wrapped around his neck.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: September 23, 2016

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