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Third Boot Camp gang leader admits guilt (Syracuse, NY): The third of four accused leaders of the Boot Camp street gang admitted he was part of a criminal enterprise that used violence to control its drug trade on Syracuse's South Side for eight years. The 24-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering as part of his membership in the gang from 1995 through last summer. According to authorities, only one of the four accused leaders has not pleaded guilty to his role in the Boot Camp gang. Police say crime has dropped significantly in the Boot Camp area since 26 suspects were indicted in June and August 2003.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: February 28, 2004
Man fatally shot at house party (San Diego, CA): In Alta Vista, a young man was fatally shot at a party after he was asked his gang affiliation, police said. Witnesses said young men in three cars pulled up and asked one person outside the home, "Who are you with?" Police said the question implied gang affiliation. It was unclear if the victim gave any answer. One of the men shot the victim once, and he died at the scene. The suspects drove off.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: February 28, 2004
Six more indicted in gang-related case (Petersburg, VA): In a state and federal investigation into a Petersburg gang suspected of running an open-air drug market and using violence and intimidation, six defendants have been indicted on racketeering and murder charges. The indictments bring the number of defendants in this case to 34. Twenty-eight members of the Third Ward Gang were charged in late 2003 with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Eighteen of those, who have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, face prison terms of anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. Charges against the new defendants include allegations of murder and attempted murder.
Source: Daily Press Date: February 28, 2004
Three teens accused of south-side graffiti (Sheboygan, WI): Three male juveniles, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old, were arrested by police and charged with criminal damage to property/graffiti. The three teens were stopped in regard to recent graffiti in the area. According to police, they were carrying spray paint and admitted they were connected with the Gangster Disciples street gang. A total of 21 citations were issued to the three for graffiti incidents dating back to January. Further arrests are expected.
Source: Sheboygan Press Date: February 28, 2004
Counties form task force to combat gangs (Prince George and Montgomery County, VA): Officials from Prince George and Montgomery counties are forming a joint task force of police officers, social workers, educators, and community leaders to develop ways to combat gang activity. In recent months, law enforcement officials have said that gangs are steadily spreading across the Washington area, recruiting young members in the District and in surrounding suburban communities. The gangs, which also include groups of black youths in the District and inside-the-Beltway communities, engage in crimes such as drug trafficking, robbery, assault, and murder, according to law enforcement officials. Recently, two members of MS-13 were sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man they believed was a rival gang member. In Montgomery, police estimate there are 75 to 100 gangs with 1,500 to 2,000 members. Prince George has 35 to 40 gangs with about 300 members in the county.
Source: The Washington Post Date: February 27, 2004
Authorities lower boom on Staten Island gangs (Staten Island, NY): Thirty alleged members of two rival Staten Island gangs have been charged with federal drug and firearms violations in a case prosecutors say involves crack deals, gunrunning, and violent turf battles in the borough's Port Richmond and West Brighton neighborhoods. The charges were revealed after a series of raids in which authorities dragged suspected members and associates of the Deuce Up and Mob-Up gangs from their beds and homes. The arrests capped a 17-month investigation aimed at crippling the two gangs and attacking what prosecutors call an "iron pipeline" of illegal guns to New York from states where guns are more readily available.
Source: The New York Sun Date: February 26, 2004
Shooting kills boy in Glendale (Glendale, AZ): Police are investigating a gang-related shooting in Glendale that left a 14-year-old boy dead. Two teens, ages 15 and 17, were taken into custody for investigation of second-degree murder, police said. The weapon used in the shooting has not been found.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 25, 2004
Latin Kings crippled (Lowell, MA): Three alleged members of the Latin Kings, ages 20, 25, and 28, were arrested by federal and state investigators in Lowell. They were indicted on federal drug charges after an 18-month probe called Operation Dethrone. In addition, 13 other alleged Latin Kings members were apprehended in other area communities. Two members managed to elude police and remain at large. Currently, the gang has more than 100 members working in a variety of illegal activities, including violence against rivals, in Lowell and Lawrence. More members are running chapters inside area correctional facilities, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: February 24, 2004
Teen critical after being shot in Anaheim (Anaheim, CA): A teenage boy was shot during an apparent gang-related gunfire in Anaheim, police said. Police say it was not clear whether he was shot from a passing vehicle or whether he is a registered gang member. No one was in custody.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: February 24, 2004
Cops report Crips link in drug bust (Seaside Park, NJ): Four men, who authorities believe are part of the Crips street gang operating out of Brooklyn, have been charged with selling crack cocaine. Two men, ages 21 and 24, were charged with possession of half an ounce of cocaine, possession of the drug with the intent to distribute it, intending to distribute it in a school zone, and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. The other two men, ages 18 and 19, were charged with possession of half an ounce of cocaine, possession of the drug with the intent to distribute it, intending to distribute it in a school zone, and engaging in conduct to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
Source: Asbury Park Press Date: February 23, 2004
Harlem gang attack (Harlem, NY): A 14-year-old boy was hit with a bat and stabbed by a gang of older teens and young adults in Harlem. The boy was walking home from a friend's house when he was approached by about a dozen males in their late teens and early 20s. According to the police, a 20-year-old man asked the victim, "Are you in a gang?" After he said no, the group responded with violence. The boy was taken to an area hospital where he was in stable condition. No arrests have been made. Police are investigating the attack.
Source: Newsday Date: February 23, 2004
Gangs a problem in Georgia town (Athens, GA): The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has created a unit to monitor gang activity in certain neighborhoods and plans to recruit more Spanish-speaking officers to combat a growing gang problem. Last month, two Los Primos gang members were arrested, and four others are wanted in a drive-by shooting in an east Athens neighborhood that wounded three.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: February 23, 2004
Police acting on gangs (Athens, GA): The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has created a unit to monitor gang activity in certain neighborhoods and plans to recruit more Spanish-speaking officers to combat a growing gang problem. In addition, police are also looking to implement a plan to eradicate gang graffiti. The efforts by police were prompted by a drive-by shooting which involved six Los Primos gang members opening fire and wounding three 18th Street gang members.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald Date: February 22, 2004
Reputed gang leader sentenced to life term (Aurora, IL): A reputed Latin Kings street gang leader in Aurora was sentenced to life in prison after prosecutors blamed the gang's drug activity for increased violence in the far-west suburb. The 29-year-old man held a post as the gang's treasurer and was among 10 gang members convicted as part of the first wave of charges in a crackdown on violence in Aurora, authorities said.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: February 22, 2004
Man shot in head, sent to hospital (San Diego, CA): In Logan Heights, a man was shot after he failed to respond when a man asked his gang affiliation, San Diego police said. The victim was walking with another man when the gunman came out of the bushes and confronted them. When the two men did not reply, the gunman fired several shots, hitting one of the men. The man was taken to a hospital. Information on his condition was unavailable. The police gang unit was investigating.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: February 22, 2004
Suspects sought in shooting that killed one (Forth Worth, TX): Fort Worth police are searching for suspects involved in a drive-by gang shooting that left a man in his mid-30s dead and four others, ages 16 to 34, wounded. According to reports, young men and teenagers were parked on a street when they were fired on by occupants of another car. The wounded driver in the parked vehicle tried to back out of the lot and crashed through a business window as his assailants left their vehicle and continued firing, police said.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: February 22, 2004
Shooting stories changed, police say (Plant City, FL): Police are investigating a shooting at a Plant City house that has been the scene of four gang-related problems in the past two years. Most recently, an 18-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. Witnesses initially reported that someone either fired from a car or got out of a car and fired upon the victim as he stood in the yard of the house. Police are now receiving information that the incident was an accidental shooting between gang members. "They are now telling us that one of the guys was handling a firearm and accidentally shot one of his compatriots," an officer said. Police also said that most of the gang activity for the past several years has been limited to two rival groups, involved mostly in a war of words. They mark their territory with graffiti, using the name of the group or the nickname of a gang member. Other recent incidents include a 14- and 18-year-old arrested for criminal mischief in connection with graffiti on houses, businesses, and stop signs on the west side of the city. In addition, a gang member was charged with shooting a rival gang member at Courier Field.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: February 21, 2004
Police identify sixth suspect in connection with drive-by (Athens, GA): A sixth gang member wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in an east Athens neighborhood last month that wounded three has been identified by police. The 25-year-old man is a member of the Los Primos street gang. About two weeks before the drive-by shooting, members of the Los Primos and 18th Street gangs were involved in a fight at an area bar, during which a vehicle belonging to one gang member was "busted up." Soon after the bar fight, shots were exchanged between the two groups at the Pinewood South Mobile Home Park, police said. More gunfire erupted January 30, when Los Primos members shot at a car occupied by 18th Street members as it drove through Garnett Ridge. The incident at the Garden Apartments occurred later that day. In that shooting, one suspected 18th Street member was wounded as he stood in front of his duplex, and two others were wounded as they sat down for dinner in the adjacent residence. Two men, ages 18 and 24, from the Los Primos gang have been arrested thus far.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald Date: February 21, 2004
Police worry about retaliation after gang-related killings in San Jose (San Jose, CA): Authorities in San Jose are keeping a close eye on two prominent gangs that have clashed numerous times lately. Within five weeks, four people have been killed in two shootings and a stabbing. Police are blaming the Norteño and Sureño gangs. Because the incidents took place over weeks, not days, authorities do not believe the two gangs have declared war on each other, but police believe that in each incident a Norteño attacked a Sureño. That leaves police and gang experts pondering whether one gang is making a statement and fearing that the other may soon retaliate.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: February 20, 2004
Five arrested in drug sweep (Spokane, WA): A group of 30 law enforcement officials from the city, county, and state arrested five suspects during a drug sweep in Spokane. In the first raid, a 24- and 26-year-old were arrested on three counts each of delivery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. The second raid netted two suspects, ages 21 and 24, on a single count each of delivery of a controlled substance. The final raid came when officials arrested a 24-year-old. An officer and his drug dog found a quarter ounce of crack cocaine. All of the suspects arrested were either confirmed gang members or gang associates.
Source: The Spokesman-Review Date: February 20, 2004
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