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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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FBI Suspects Record Numbers of MS-13 Gang Members Entering US (Arizona): Federal officials said they are bracing themselves for a wave of Central American gang members posing as refugees to enter and seek asylum in the U.S.
Source: Arizona Public Media    Date: June 14, 2017

Border Patrol in Arizona arrests a former MS-13 gang member (Tucson, AZ): Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Salvadoran men including one that's a former MS-13 gang member. Authorities say Casa Grande agents were processing the two for immigration violations Tuesday south of Sells when they discovered an MS-13 tattoo on one of the men.
Source: ABC15 Arizona    Date: June 8, 2017

55 arrested in Arizona in nationwide gang crackdown (Arizona): A six-week nationwide operation targeting gang members and others with ties to their criminal activity led to the arrest of 55 people in Arizona, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: May 11, 2017

How social media may be contributing to gang interest among AZ teens (Phoenix, AZ): About one in five 8th graders in Arizona say “it would be cool” to belong to a gang, according to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey of more than 57,000 students statewide. The same goes for 17 percent of 10th graders, and 13.1 percent of 12th graders.
Source: Cronkite News    Date: May 9, 2017

Nearly 100 arrested in anti-gang operation in the Valley (Phoenix, AZ): Multiple law enforcement agencies came together for a huge operation that resulted in dozens of arrests and confiscated drugs.
Source: KTVK-3TV News    Date: May 4, 2017

Arizona lawmakers vote to strip gang-enforcement funding from Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (Maricopa County, AZ): A provision in the state Legislature's criminal-justice budget bill strips $1.6 million in funding from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for gang enforcement, a move that critics called a partisan affront to new Democratic Sheriff Paul Penzone.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: May 4, 2017

One dead, 2 injured in gang-related shooting in Tucson (Tucson, AZ): Police confirmed Monday, April 24, that one person has died after a shooting the night before that police say is gang related.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: April 24, 2017

Gang member suspected in San Fernando triple shooting is arrested in Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ): Authorities say a man wanted in California in a homicide case has been arrested in Arizona. U.S. Marshals Service officials say 31-year-old Ricardo Sarabia was taken into custody Tuesday evening in Phoenix.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News    Date: February 9, 2017

6 arrested in months-long gang-related narcotics investigation (Bullhead City, AZ): A months-long gang-related narcotics investigation led to six arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons, money and vehicles.
Source: Havasu News    Date: December 7, 2016

Bust leads to 39 gang-related arrests (Navajo County, AZ): A major drug bust four years in the making resulted in the arrest of 39 suspects reportedly associated with dangerous drugs and gang activity. Five of the 39 suspects taken into custody were arrested in Navajo County.
Source: White Mountain Independent    Date: October 15, 2016

Statewide sting has roots in Flagstaff gang murder trial (Flagstaff, AZ): An investigation that so far has netted 39 arrests mostly in Flagstaff in connection with a statewide crime ring Tuesday began in mid-May 2015 -- the same month a Coconino County jury convicted Michael "Buddy" Vallejos, 24, of second-degree murder.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: October 6, 2016

Flagstaff crime ring targeted as task force arrests 38 (Flagstaff, AZ): A multi-agency task force led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested 38 people Tuesday in connection with an Arizona crime ring. Although some of the arrests occurred in Glendale, Winslow and Page, the majority occurred in Flagstaff.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: October 5, 2016

Casa Grande PD: Detective assigned to state’s gang task force (Casa Grande, AZ): The Casa Grande Police Department has agreed to assign one of its detectives to an Arizona task force investigating gang activity. With the City Council’s unanimous approval Monday night, the department plans to assign a detective to work under the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission on a full-time basis.
Source: Casa Grande Dispatch    Date: September 22, 2016

U.S. Marshals Service made 195 arrests in gang crackdown in just 2 months (Phoenix, AZ): The U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona has made 195 arrests in a gang crackdown over the last two months. They called it "Operation Summer Burn." The crackdown are focused in Phoenix and Chandler areas with historically high gang activity.
Source:    Date: September 10, 2016

Chandler taking steps to battle graffiti (Chandler, AZ): The city of Chandler is adopting a new tool in its battle against urban blight and one of its chief culprits: graffiti.
Source: East Valley Tribune    Date: July 13, 2016

MCSO still investigating Laveen shooting neighbors say is gang related (Laveen, AZ): Neighbors of a Laveen neighborhood say a deadly Fourth of July shooting is rumored to be gang related. Investigators with MCSO haven’t confirmed those details, but ABC15 spoke with Arizona’s statewide Gang Task Force about the violence.
Source: ABC15 Arizona    Date: July 6, 2016

Phoenix Police’s Gang Enforcement Unit Backs Boxing Program For At-Risk Kids (Phoenix, AZ): Pete Chavez grew up in a rough Phoenix neighborhood, and he said he got involved in gangs at a young age. “I wasn’t a bad kid; I just didn’t know any better,” he said. “It was normal. You know, gangs, every corner that you turn, there was a gang.”
Source: KJRH 2 News    Date: April 15, 2016

Late-night raid targets gang members (Phoenix, AZ): Law enforcement officers from several agencies throughout the state were serving nearly a dozen search warrants Wednesday night.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: March 3, 2016

The inside story of gang life (Yuma, AZ): Giving your life to a gang can lead to negative consequences in life such as: life behind bars, drug and alcohol addiction, and death. We spoke to four former gang members who have given us an exclusive interview on what life is inside a gang.
Source: KYMA 11 News    Date: February 13, 2016

“Gangs In The Desert Southwest” Pt.1 (Yuma, AZ): There’s an ongoing battle on our streets, a war not fought for patriotism or liberty but for money and power. They use fear and terror as a weapon, sometimes resulting in death. “Gangs are to be feared they operate with a pack mentality and exhibit great violence”, says Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman.
Source: KSWT 13 News    Date: February 12, 2016

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